In May 2014, as part of his resettlement entitlement, Palmer signed up to the Step Into Health programme and since doing so has secured an amazing job at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital as a Assistant Director in the Diagnostic and Clinical Support Services Department.
Palmer described the Step Into Health programme as being an “excellent experience seeing what the NHS has to offer, both professionally and personally. It gives you a pathway and someone to guide you in finding an area of work you’ll enjoy. As military, we are excellent at knowing what we don’t want to do, but have little knowledge of knowing what we do want to do! The programme guides and facilitates work placements to suit you, and helps find an area you’ll continue to enjoy working in.”
Palmer’s PTSD can mean that his sleep pattern is often disturbed with recurring nightmares of two specific incidents whilst on operational tours of Afghanistan involving IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices). The nightmares always end in the same manner and relate to some of the men who lost their lives whilst serving with him. “I have lost some of the best soldiers I ever had the privilege of serving with.”
These issues can make Palmer’s personal life difficult and he feels it can be hard to share or understand emotions.
On Walking With The Wounded Palmer commented “The charity has been a great supporter of all veterans getting into work within the NHS. There is a huge opportunity, one that most do not realise exists and Walking With The Wounded have been passionate about helping people, regardless of rank, but more importantly those who left and have fallen on hard times build a life again. They play a vital role where there is no hand open to some veterans who only respond to likeminded people, which Walking With The Wounded provide.”