General Lord Dannatt heads new hospital alliance to support Britain’s military heroes

General Lord Richard Dannatt, former Chief of the General Staff, has taken up the role of Patron of the new Veterans Covenant Hospital Alliance, which aims to improve the healthcare that veterans receive from the NHS.

The Alliance is made up of over 25 hospitals across England, Scotland and Wales. It is supported by NHS Improvement, NHS England, the Department of Health, the Ministry of Defence and the Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo), as well as the Getting It Right First Time programme.   

General Lord Dannatt was the head of the British Army from 2006 to 2009, having served in the armed forces for nearly forty years. He also assisted with the formation of the Help for Heroes charity. 

I am delighted to be a part of this initiative and give my support to its work to improve the quality of healthcare we offer to those who have given so much for our country.

Veterans often have specific needs and hospitals will benefit from knowing they are treating a veteran, with staff equipped to provide appropriate support to those who have served.

General Lord Dannatt

The Alliance seeks to showcase high quality veterans’ healthcare and support NHS hospitals to learn from each other by sharing what works. This includes committing to the Armed Forces Covenant, raising awareness among staff of veterans’ healthcare needs, and establishing clear links with service charities and local support providers. When hospitals can demonstrate they are delivering these high standards, they will be publicly accredited as ‘veteran aware’.

The first wave of hospitals to be accredited by the alliance will be announced early next year. 

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