Health and social care needs of the Armed Forces community in Rutland, Harborough and South Kesteven - New report published

A report of the views and experiences of people with a connection to the British Armed Forces living or stationed in Rutland, Harborough or South Kesteven has now been published.

Members of the Armed Forces community (including people serving in the Armed Forces as regulars or reservists, volunteers, ex-forces members (veterans) and family members of past and present service personnel) were asked to tell us more about themselves and their health and social care experiences and needs.

Over 700 people responded to a survey developed by Rutland County Council, Harborough District Council, South Kesteven District Council and local Healthwatch.The report recommendations call for better access to suitable mental health help for veterans and serving personnel, further support with transition to civilian life when people leave the Armed Forces, support for families of serving personnel who may be lonely or isolated, and greater awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant.

The report and recommendations are helping to inform the Armed Forces Covenant in this area so commissioners and service providers can address these needs and improve local services for individuals and families who are connected to the Forces. An initial workshop has already taken place to generate ideas about how the valuable feedback and recommendations could be responded to and acted on.

Read the full survey results here