As residents across Yorkshire are marking Armistice Day, the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has announced its formal accreditation as a Veteran Aware NHS trust.
One of 47 trusts across the UK to be named Veteran Aware, the Trust was granted the status in recognition of its commitment to improving NHS care for veterans, reservists and members of the armed forces.
Awarded by the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA), the Veteran Aware mark highlights NHS trusts which have made a series of pledges, such as ensuring members of the armed forces community are never disadvantaged when receiving care, training staff on veteran-specific needs, and supporting the armed forces as an employer.
Veteran Aware providers display posters in their clinics and waiting rooms, highlighting their status and encouraging members of the armed forces community to identify themselves to staff.
Martin Barkley, Chief Executive at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I’m both proud and delighted to receive this accreditation and to be able to announce it on Armistice Day is very fitting. We are continuing to improve the care we provide to the servicemen and women of this country, as well as supporting the reservists, veterans and their spouses who work for us.”
The VCHA was inspired by the heroism of Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse VC and Bar, a doctor who gave his life rescuing men on the battlefields of the First World War.
In 2014, leading orthopaedic surgeon Professor Tim Briggs CBE wrote The Chavasse Report on improving armed forces and veteran care while raising NHS standards, which recommended establishing a support network of hospitals. The resulting VCHA works closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement, service charities and the Ministry of Defence, and is managed by the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme.