Several of our projects have either resulted directly in enhancements to UK government policy or have enabled and underpinned policy level discussions and decision-making processes. Examples of our impact on policy include:
Our work has helped to drive change and improvement to the services provided to veterans and their families offered by a range of charitable organisations. These include our 'Caring and Coping' project. Working with Blesma: the limbless veterans' charity, we introduced a new Limb Loss Support Model designed to assess and underpin the support needs for family carers of veterans who have lost limbs either through conflict or post-service. Our theoretically-informed model is now routinely used by Blesma to help improve the overall wellbeing of military families affected by limb loss.
The VFI work with a wide range of partners and contributors at a national level to directly influence policy and practice in supporting UK veterans and families. The team has extensive links with the military charity sector, with industry, and with other UK HEI institutions.
Members of the VFI team are active contributors to various international groups, bodies, and panels which set strategic objectives and debate policy matters closely related to care and support for veterans and their families. Our international collaborations and memberships include roles with business, government and statutory authorities, third sector organisations and academia.