Matt Fossey

Director, Veterans and Families Institute

Veterans and Families Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Matt Fossey has written widely on veterans issues. He has a background in national health policy and service delivery. He is particularly interested in demonstrating research impact.


Matt studied Social Work at the University of Birmingham and worked as a Mental Health Social Worker/ASW for seven years. He was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex, assisting in the delivery of their MSW programme. In 2004 he joined the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMHE) and was a member of the national service improvement team. He graduated to the Department of Health where he was the Deputy Director of the flagship Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, helping to convert an idea into a £1/2 billion nationally-delivered service. It was there that he developed his interest in how veterans and service families access health and social care services.

He has extensive expertise in the UK voluntary sector, including working with the mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness as National Stakeholder Manager on the national anti-stigma campaign "Time to Change". 

Matt is chair of the National Veterans Offender Working Group and is also a member of the DWP Veterans Working Group. Matt is a Senior Associate with the Centre for Mental Health. an influential mental health think tank. He is also vice-chair of Healthwatch Essex. 

Matt has written widely including publications on veterans' health and wellbeing, mental health and liaison psychiatry, including a number of key publications with economist Michael Parsonage.

Research interests

  • Bio-psycho-social approaches to policy construction and practice delivery
  • Impact of policy and services on serving personnel, veterans and their families
  • Veterans in the criminal justice system
  • Impacts of service and transition on families
  • Liaison psychiatry and psychological medicine

Matt has a developing research portfolio in two main areas: veterans' and families' health, social care and wellbeing, and psychological medicine. He has written widely in both areas and is interested in the convergence between these two important themes.


Development of content and teaching for MSc in Military, Veterans and Families Studies.


  • BSc (Hons)
  • MSocSc
  • DipSW
  • Dip Mental Health Studies

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Member of the Institute for Mental Health, University of Nottingham
  • Member of the COBSEO Research, Criminal Justice and Foreign and Commenwealth Clusters
  • Member of the NHS England, Veterans Mental Health Task and Finish Group
  • Member of NATO RTG 263 “Transition of Service Personnel to Civilian Life”
  • Member of NATO Exploratory Team 152 “Sexual Violence in the Military” 
  • Vice-chair of Healthwatch Essex

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Co-Investigator: NIHR HS&DR - 13/58/08: Liaison Psychiatry: Measurement And Evaluation of Service Types, Referral patterns and Outcomes LP-MAESTRO, Value: £1,104,534
  • Principal Investigator: Project Nova – Veterans in Police Custody Support: Funder FiMT, Value: £80,000
  • Principal Investigator: Evaluation of the MOD Spousal Employment Support Programme: Funder FiMT, Value: £199,000

Selected recent publications

Cooper, L., Andrews, S. and Fossey, M. (in press) Educating Nurses to Care for Military Veterans in civilian hospitals: an integrative literature review. Nurse Education Today.

Hacker Hughes, J., Abdul-Hamid, W. and Fossey, M. (2015) Flash to Bang: Psychological trauma, veterans and military families – can services cope? Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, jramc-2015-000463.

Wand, A., Wood, R., Fossey, M., and Aitken, P. (2015) Standards, efficiency and effectiveness in consultation-liaison psychiatry. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 49, 2, 104-105.

McManus, D., Fossey, M., Watson, S. and Wessely, S. (2015) Former armed forces personnel in the criminal justice system. Lancet Psychiatry, 2, 2, 121-122.

Fossey, M. and Hacker Hughes, J. (2014) Traumatic Limb Loss and the Needs of the Family. London: Blesma.

Fossey, M and Parsonage, M. (2014) Outcomes and Performance in Liaison Psychiatry: Developing a measurement framework. London: Centre for Mental Health.

Verey, A. and Fossey, M. (2013) Report on Geographically Dispersed Families. Andover, Hants: Army Families Federation.

Thomas, V., Hacker Hughes, J., Fossey, M. and Sewart. M. (2013) Coping with Civvy Street. Counselling Today, 24, 9.

Fossey, M. and Hacker Hughes, J. (2013) Transition Support for British Army Early Service Leavers: An evaluation of the Future Horizons Programme, ITC Catterick. London: RFEA

Parsonage M., Fossey M., and Tutty, C. (2012) Liaison Psychiatry in the Modern NHS. London: Centre for Mental Health.

Fossey, M. (2012) The Future Horizons Programme: Interim Evaluation Report. London: RFEA.

Fossey, M. (2012) Unsung Heroes: Developing a better understanding of the emotional support needs of service families. London: Centre for Mental Health.

Fellow-Smith, E., Cohen, A., Fossey, M., Moss-Norris, R., Nixon, T. and Tylee, A. (2012) Investing in Emotional and Psychological Wellbeing: A guide to service design and productivity improvement for commissioners, clinicians and managers in primary care, secondary care and mental health. London: NHS Confederation.

Naylor, C., Parsonage, M., McDaid, D., Knapp, M., Fossey, M. and Galea, A. (2012) Long Term Conditions and Mental Health: The cost of co-morbidities. London: The King's Fund.

Hague, J. and Fossey, M. (2012) Healthcare Commissioning and Contracting in Markar, H. and O'Sullivan, G. (Eds) Medical Management: A Survival Guide. London: CRC Press.

Parsonage M., and Fossey, M. (2011) Economic Evaluation of a Liaison Psychiatry Service. London: Centre for Mental Health.

Black, G. and Fossey, M. (2010) Women with Borderline Personality Disorder in Prison: Your Guide to Today’s Mental Health Issues. Mental Health Today, December 2010/January 2011, 21-23.

Fossey, M. (2010) Fresh attention to veterans’ welfare. British Journal of Wellbeing, 1, 8, 44-45.

Fossey, M. (2010) Across the Wire: Veterans, mental health and vulnerability. London: Centre for Mental Health.

Fossey, M. and Black, G. (2010) Under The Radar: Women with Borderline Personality Disorder in Prison. London: Centre for Mental Health

Fossey, M (2009) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies: a briefing for local Mind associations. London: Mind

Fossey, M (2009) Custody Matters: How to spot someone in custody with a personality disorder. Police, June 2009, 26-28.

Fossey, M (2009), Personality Disorder: A briefing for people working in the criminal justice system. London: Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health.

Fossey, M. and Leary, A. (2009) Make the Bradley Review Work. Mental Health Practice, 13, 1, 15.

Fossey, M. and Seward, J. (2007) Delivering against depression. Public Service Review: Health, 12, 1.

Turpin, G., Hope, H., Duffy, R., Fossey, M., & Seward, J. (2006). Improving Access to Psychological Therapies: Implications for the Mental Health Workforce. Journal of Mental Health Workforce Development, 1, 7-15.

Fossey, M and Bryant L. (2004) Joined-up working. Health Service Journal, 26 August, 26.

Recent presentations and conferences

Participant, St George’s House Consultation (2014). Back to Civvy Street: How can we better support individuals to lead successful civilian lives after a career in the UK Armed Forces? Windsor Castle, 11–12 December 2014.

Keynote speaker, Society for Evidence-based Policing Conference (2014). Veterans in the Criminal Justice System: Intervention at the point of arrest. London, 10 December 2014.

Keynote speaker, East Anglia EMDR practitioner’s conference (2014). Mental Health of Service Families. ARU Chelmsford, 24 November 2014.

Organiser and speaker, National Military Families Symposium(2014). Traumatic limb loss and military families: the current research.  Norwich, 18 November 2014.

Keynote speaker, The Psychological Wellbeing of the Military in Transition Conference (2014). Traumatic limb loss and the family: an overview of the research. British Psychological Society, Wessex Branch and National Veterans Mental Health Conference, The Defence Academy, Shrivenham, 5-6 November 2014.

Workshop presenter, Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network Conference (2014). Measuring Outcomes in Liaison Psychiatry. London, 24 October 2014. 

Media experience

Radio 4 – Woman’s Hour

Radio 5 Live

Local radio

Times Higher Education Supplement