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.


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