Published: 21 February 2022 at 11:27
Duty and Care report launched today by Service Families Federations
A new report into the health and wellbeing needs of military families has been launched today by the Naval, Army and RAF Families Federations, informed by research by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).
The Duty and Care: Armed Forces Family Mobility and Health Care Report examines the specific needs of families who are required to move frequently due to Service need. It provides practical recommendations to inform and tackle disadvantage as well as improve health outcomes.
Among the recommendations are to encourage families to identify current and potential needs to primary care; to expand the education and training of all NHS staff to understand the needs of mobile military families; to provide more information to military families on the variable nature of the NHS, particularly when moving across devolved national borders; and to improve the transfer of health care records between primary care organisations.
The study is based on the lived experiences of families. It was supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement and the MOD Families Team, was conducted by the Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research (VFI) at ARU, and sponsored by the three Families Federations.
Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Leo Docherty said:
RAF Families Federation Director, Maria Lyle said:
ARU’s Forces in Mind Trust Professor of Veterans and Families Studies, Michael Almond said:
One of seven high-profile research institutes at ARU, the Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research carries out world-leading research, policy development and consultation on the impact of military service. Its work informs and improves the wellbeing of veterans, service personnel and their families.