Health and Wellbeing Progress – Recommendation 1

A Distinctive Scottish Approach to Veterans’ Health

The Scottish Government and NHS(S) should commit to establishing a distinctive Scottish Approach to Veterans’ Health at a strategic level, accept or adapt the guiding principles of this approach and work with their partners to embed it at an operational level.

2019 SVC evaluation of status:

Partially implemented

2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:

We are working with stakeholders, NHS Armed Forces and Veterans Champions and through the refreshed Armed Forces Personnel and Veterans Health Joint Group to ensure we create the conditions for and drive forward progress towards the ‘Distinctive Scottish Approach to Veterans Health’. Our progress towards the remaining recommendations shows how we are working to achieve this.

2020 SVC evaluation of status:

Implemented, but work should continue

2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:

The Armed Forces Personnel and Veterans Health Joint Group will continue to keep the recommendations from this document central to its work going forward, as a directive and impetus for improvement. The SVCN via the proposed governance structures and delivery mechanisms will bring a distinctive Scottish Approach to Veterans’ Health at both a strategic and operational level.

2021 SVC evaluation of status:

Fully implemented

2021 update provided by the Scottish Government:

The Scottish Veterans Care Network (SVCN) has brought a distinctive Scottish Approach to Veterans’ Health. The SVCN structure provides fora, on a range of areas, for cross-system collaboration and veterans and Armed Forces family input. The SVCN has undertaken a range of mapping and consultative exercises, which will be key to fully understanding and developing the Scottish healthcare context for veterans.

The Armed Forces & Veterans Health Implementation Group (IG) continues to regularly meet to drive forward progress on priorities set by the Strategic Oversight Group (SOG). The IG provided an update to the SOG in May 2021, and priorities were set. The 2021/22 priorities are a continuation of the priorities set in October 2020 – Mental Health, employability of veterans in the NHS, and Priority Treatment – plus the addition of Veteran GP Accreditation and exploring the setup of a veterans trauma network within the Scottish health landscape.


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