When servicewomen and men leave the armed forces, their care transfers to the statutory and third sector where the quality and provision of services can vary enormously. This edited book, encompassing a range of perspectives, from service user to professional, provides a comprehensive overview of services available. Each chapter, in turn, examines the policy underpinnings of systems and services covering the psychological health and social care of military veterans and then focuses on the needs of a discrete number of types of military veterans including early service leavers, veterans in the criminal justice system, older veterans and reservists, together with the needs of the children of veterans' families.
This is the first UK book to examine the whole spectrum of contemporary approaches to the psychological health and social care of military veterans both in the United Kingdom and overseas. The book is edited by Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, a former head of healthcare psychology within the UK Ministry of Defence and all contributors are experts in policy, service provision and academic research in this area. It will be of special interest to those designing and planning, commissioning, managing and delivering mental health and social care to military veterans and their families
Jamie Hacker Hughes is Visiting Professor and The Founder Director of the Veterans and Families Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, past President of the British Psychological Society and former head of the Ministry of Defence's healthcare psychology services. A clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist and psychotraumatologist, Jamie was the author, with Mark Neville, of `Battle against stigma' and before his career in psychology Jamie was a short-service army officer.
PART 1: THE BRITISH VETERAN. 1.Introduction 2. The Policy 3. Early Services Leavers: Hisotry, Vunerability and Future Research 4.Veterans' Children 5. The Ex-Armed Forces Offender and the UK Criminal Justice System 6. The Health and Social Care of Older Veterans in the UK: Raising Awareness of Needs in Later Life 7. Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme for British Forces: Meeting need...or managing expectation? PART 2: MODELS OF SERVICE PROVISION. 8. The North West Perspective 9. Veterans' NHS Wales (VNHSW) - the only NHS national veterans' service in the UK? 10. The Scottish Perspective 11. The Role of the Third Sector Charity Combat Stress, An Update 12. Veteran Psychological Health and Social Care: a Dutch Perspective 13. An International Perspective on Transition 14. Postscript