Health and social care for armed forces personnel

There are a number of organisations committed to providing health and wellbeing support to armed forces personnel and their families.

Ministry of Defence

MOD and Department of Health (DoH) support services information can be found on GOV.UK.

Walking with the Wounded

Established in 2010, Walking With The Wounded supports a pathway for vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence. At the heart of this journey is employment.

Royal British Legion

Lifelong support to our Armed Forces community and their families.

Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes supports those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces, no matter when. It does this through many ways, including Sports Recovery; Psychological Support; Health and Wellbeing; Career Recovery and welfare. It also supports the whole family.

Find out more on the Help for Heroes website.

Veterans Trauma Network

The Veterans Trauma Network provides specialist care to veterans with service-specific traumatic injuries. Veterans benefit from a personalised care plan implemented by top military and civilian trauma experts. The needs of veterans' families and carers are also taken into consideration.

NHS Care for Veterans

How the NHS can help if you're in military service or a veteran.

Registering with an NHS GP in Salford

You should register with your local GP at the earliest opportunity, simply choose your surgery. Please inform the GP surgery that ‘you have served' to ensure that the GP practice is aware of your priority status.

Registering with a Dentist

Everyone should be able to access good-quality NHS dental service that is convenient for them.

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

The accident and emergency department is based at Salford Royal (Hope Hospital).

Veterans’ Gateway

Veterans’ Gateway is for any ex-service personnel and their families looking for advice or support – whatever they’re dealing with.

They provide the first point of contact to a network of military and non-military partner organisations to help you find exactly what you
need, when you need it - whether you’re in the UK or overseas.

For 24-hour support visit the Veterans’ Gateway website or call 0808 802 1212.

Achieve Recovery Services

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) is proud to be the lead provider of substance misuse treatment and recovery service in the boroughs of Bolton, Bury, Salford and Trafford. 

Blind Veterans

BlindVeteransUK is the only charity dedicated to providing free, lifelong support and services for veterans with severe sight loss, no matter when they served or how they lost their sight.

SSAFA

SSAFA provides practical, emotional and financial support to anyone who is serving or has served and their families. Whenever you need SSAFA they will do whatever they can to help. The Salford branch can be emailed or contacted on 0161 728 4809.

Military Veterans Service

Pennine Care Trust Military Veterans Service is an NHS psychological therapy service working with British ex service personnel across the North West.

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is one of the UK's leading Veterans mental health charities.

Start in Salford

Start in Salford use creativity to help vulnerable people from all walks of life improve their skills and gain in confidence. Members often make remarkable progress and soon learn how to become valued members of the community, contributing in ways they themselves could never have imagined.

Big White Wall

Big White Wall is a safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what's troubling them, guided by trained professionals.

The MOD Army

The army provides a range of welfare support to families while soldiers are away. This support is provided to both regular army families and to those of mobilised members of the Territorial Army or the Regular Reserve.

The Navy Families Federation

The Navy Families Federation provides details of organisations that specialise in advising family members.

The Royal Air Force Families Federation

The Royal Air Force Families Federation provides service personnel and their families with information and advice ranging from relationships to relocations and from education to professional welfare support.

Disabilities and help with everyday living

The Adult Social Care Team is the first point of contact to discuss your support needs on 0161 631 4777. Please make yourself known to a member of the team that you are ex armed forces. Please note Salford disregards 100% of the following in relation to charging for non residential services:

  • War Disablement Pension
  • War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
  • War Widows Special Payment  
  • Anything over the basic state pension rate of any war widows pension

Disabled Living is a charity based in Wardley that can advise you about disability equipment. You can try out some of the to see what might help best. They can be contacted on 0161 607 8200.

This page was last updated on 31 January 2020

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