The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital is proud to be a Veteran Aware hospital as we aim to provide the best care for veterans in the NHS.
Veteran Aware hospitals are leading the way in improving veterans' care within the NHS.
We are part of the Veterans Covenant Hospital Alliance (VCHA) which means we're sharing and driving best practice in NHS care for people who serve or have served in the UK Armed Forces in line with the Armed Forces Covenant.
We support the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant and are committed to ensuring no disadvantage and giving special consideration where appropriate.
Armed Forces Covenant
The NHS is committed to the Armed Forces Covenant, which is a promise by the nation that those who serve or have served in the UK Armed Forces, and their families, will be treated fairly.
Employer Recognition Scheme
Veteran Aware hospitals support the employment of veterans and reservists in the NHS workforce and RJAH is involved in the Employer Recognition Scheme. For more information, click here.
Step into Health
We are also involved with the Step Into Health scheme - an initiative which supports service leavers, veterans and their families develop skills. More information can be found here.
There is a huge network of organisations who support the Armed Forces community and the Veterans' Gateway is the recommended first point of contact.
They are made up of a number of organisations and charities, and will be able to connect veterans and their families with the right support as soon as possible.
You can contact the Veterans' Gateway by:
- phoning 0808 802 1212
- texting 81212
- or online by clicking here
Armed Forces Outreach Sessions
We also work in collaboration with Shropshire Council to provide Armed Forces Outreach Support for military personnel, veterans and their families.
Sarah Kerr, Armed Forces Outreach Support Coordinator at Shropshire Council, is based in the Main Entrance every Thursday afternoon offering signposting, support and advice.
She is also supported by a range of organisations and charities who can provide information on housing, healthcare, finance and benefits, education, wellbeing and employment.
More about these sessions can be on the Shropshire Council website.
If you would like to know more about NHS healthcare for veters, please click here to be directed to the NHS Choices website and search for 'veteran'.