The Contact Group

The UK collaboration for military mental health policy, treatment and research

Contact Armed Forces

The UK collaboration for military mental health policy, treatment and research

The Contact Group is delighted to have received a Veterans’ Foundation grant that will help ensure UK veterans receive the best standards of mental healthcare, through a new service providers’ quality improvement and accreditation network that Contact has established with the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The £3,500 VF grant will be used assist two small charities, Veterans at Ease and MODE Rehabilitation, to participate in the Contact and Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Quality Network for Veterans Mental Health Services (QNVMHS) for the coming year.

“Contact is very grateful to the Veterans’ Foundation for this award,” said Dr Charles Winstanley, Independent Chair of the Contact Group. “The funding will help two small charities participate in the new initiative and in time, this network will lead to an assured, high-quality UK veterans’ mental healthcare sector for the benefit of all.”

The QNVMHS is the first quality and accreditation network for veteran-specific mental healthcare providers in the UK and the two small charities, like all members of the network, will be able take advantage of the benefits of network membership, including self and peer reviews, as well as training and networking opportunities.

“We are grateful to the Veterans’ Foundation for recognising the importance and essential role of the new quality network through this award,” added Charles.

The QNVMHS is open to all UK veteran mental healthcare teams, including those in the NHS and charity/independent sectors – if your team/organisation is interested in participating or you would like further information, please contact us.

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