NHS England has recently launched its new transition, intervention and liaison (TIL) veterans’ mental health service, providing support for armed forces personnel approaching discharge and thereafter into their civilian life, whether this is months or years later.
The new service will ensure specialist triage, assessment and case management is available across the whole country to improve veteran access to mental health services. Patients are also provided with help, where appropriate, with employment, reduction in alcohol consumption, housing and social support.
What does this mean for the North West?
The North West has been in a unique and fortunate position in terms of its services for veterans, as local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have been commissioning specialist veterans’ mental health assessment and treatment services for some time.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust has been commissioned to provide the new TIL service in the North of England, in partnership with other Trusts including Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, which will deliver the service across the North West. The new service is based in the existing Military Veterans’ Service which treats veterans across Greater Manchester and Lancashire and will work closely with the Veterans in Mind service in Cheshire and Merseyside provided by Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust.
While there is a contact telephone number for the new service (0191 441 5974), GPs and other referrers can continue to refer via the existing routes into the Military Veterans’ and Veterans in Mind services:
In Greater Manchester and Lancashire:
Military Veterans’ Service, Pennine Care
Tel: 0300 323 0707
In Cheshire and Merseyside (excluding Liverpool):