Health and Wellbeing Progress – Recommendation 18

Veterans Champions

The Scottish Government and Veterans Scotland should build on recent work to support the network of NHS and Council champions to develop the role so that it can continue to be effective in supporting the delivery of health and social care to veterans within the new health landscape of Scotland.

2019 SVC evaluation of status:

Implemented, but work should continue

2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:

NHS Champions are in place in every NHS Board, acting as a veterans’ advocate to meet the intent of the Armed Forces Covenant and the Scottish Government’s “Renewing Our Commitments” document. We recently sought feedback from Champions on the role and are working with them to consider how best to use this network going forward. Updated materials to raise awareness of veterans healthcare needs have been shared with NHS Board Champions and healthcare practitioners. This includes guidance for GPs on how veterans can share their full service medical record.

2020 SVC evaluation of status:

Fully implemented

2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:

Work has continued throughout 2020 and recommendation has now been assessed as fully met.

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