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Veterans: NHS services for those with physical injuries

Veterans Trauma Network

The Veterans Trauma Network provides care and treatment to those who have been injured during their time in the armed forces.

The service is available in selected NHS health centres across England close to where people live.

Veterans accessing this service will be cared for by military and civilian clinicians who understand the nature and context of the injuries.

The Veterans Trauma Network works closely with Defence Medical Services, national centres of clinical expertise, the Veterans' Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service, the Veterans' Mental Health Complex Treatment Service and key service charities to make sure patients have a personalised care plan in place.

As families and carers can be seriously impacted when their loved ones are injured, they can also be supported to access services that may help them.

The Veterans Trauma Network also works with veterans who have been injured, as well as their families and academic research partners, to better understand the impact of this work.

The service has been designed following feedback and information from injured veterans and their families.

How to get help from the Veterans Trauma Network

The referral process is simple. Make sure you have told your NHS GP you served in the armed forces and they can refer you by emailing england.veteranstraumanetwork@nhs.net.

You can also be referred by Blind Veterans UK and Style for Soldiers.

For more information, email Blesma at bsoprosthetics@blesma.org or call 020 8548 7080.

NHS prosthetic services for veterans

The veterans' prosthetics programme was set up to put into practise the key findings of 'A better deal for military amputees', a report by Dr Andrew Murrison MP.

Dr Murrison recommended that a small number of multidisciplinary centres should provide specialist prosthetic and rehabilitation services to ensure veterans have access to high-quality care similar to that provided by the armed forces.

Nine Disablement Service Centres (DSCs) across England have been selected to provide enhanced services to veterans who have lost a limb as a result of their service in the armed forces:

  • Bristol – Bristol Centre for Enablement, North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Leicester – Leicester Specialist Mobility Centre, provided by Blatchford Clinical Services on behalf of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)
  • Sheffield – Mobility and Specialised Rehabilitation Centre, Northern General Hospital
  • Carlisle – Disablement Services Centre, Cumberland Infirmary, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Preston – Specialist Mobility & Rehabilitation Centre, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stanmore – Stanmore Prosthetic Rehabilitation Unit, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust
  • Portsmouth – Prosthetic Regional Rehabilitation Department, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Birmingham – West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Cambridge – Addenbrooke's Rehabilitation Clinic, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

All DSCs in England can apply to the Veterans Prosthetic Panel (VPP) on behalf of veterans.

Veterans Prosthetic Panel

The VPP was established in 2012 so veterans could apply for funding for high-quality prosthetic limbs, regardless of which DSC they attend. This application is then assessed by a specialised panel.

Who qualifies for VPP funding for prosthetics?

This additional funding is only available to veterans who have lost a limb during military service.

A veteran who has left military service, but whose limb loss is attributable to an injury sustained while in service, also qualifies.

Veterans who lose limbs after they leave the military or while in the military, but not as a result of service, such as in a civilian road traffic accident, will still be able to access services as usual through their local DSC.

To find out more about NHS prosthetic services for veterans, speak to your GP. You can also contact Blesma at bsoprosthetics@blesma.org or call 020 8548 7080.

Page last reviewed: 10 October 2018
Next review due: 10 October 2021