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Somerset NHS Foundation Trust marks Armed Forces Day with Veteran Aware accreditation

As the UK prepares to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June, we are delighted to announce our accreditation as Veteran Aware – one of four organisations to be awarded the accreditation this week.

We have strong links with the armed forces throughout the trust, and are committed to improving care for veterans, reservists and members of the armed forces community.

The accreditation, from the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA), acknowledges our commitment to a number of key pledges, such as ensuring members of the armed forces community are never disadvantaged when receiving care, training staff on veteran-specific needs, and supporting the armed forces as an employer.

Professor Briggs, Chair of GIRFT, NHS National Director for Clinical Improvement and Chair of the VCHA, commented: “I’m very proud to welcome four more NHS trusts to the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance. Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has made a clear and important commitment to the servicemen and women of this country, and it’s great to be able to recognise their hard work through this accreditation.”