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Walking With The Wounded celebrates accreditation of veteran mental health programme

Walking With The Wounded (‘WWTW’) has recently received accreditation from The Quality Network for Veterans Mental Health Services (QNVMHS) for its veteran mental health programme, ‘Head Start’.


The Quality Network for Veterans Mental Health Services works to assure and improve the quality of veterans’ mental health services throughout the UK. They aim to promote quality improvement, share best practice, encourage a culture of openness, help services plan improvements for the future and demonstrate the quality of the care they provide. Ultimately, they bring veteran mental health teams together and introduce quality standards to recognise and drive quality in this area of mental health support. 

 

Carolyn Brown, WWTW Clinical Lead, commented, “It is fantastic that WWTW has received accreditation and Head Start has been recognised by the network and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This demonstrates that WWTW delivers a leading veteran mental health support programme to those who served.”

 

WWTW is a member of the network, and Head Start was reviewed against the Standards for Veterans Mental Health Services. These standards were developed from key documents and expert consensus. They have been subject to extensive consultation with professional groups involved in the delivery of veterans’ mental health services and with people who have used these services.

 

WWTW’s mental health programme, Head Start, provides 1-2-1 private therapy for ex-service personnel with mild to moderately severe mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (‘PTSD’) and adjustment disorder. Therapy is provided via face-to-face and digital sessions. Evidence-based talking therapies including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) are delivered by accredited private therapists within the ex-service personnel’s local community.  

 

The NHS is central to ex-service personnel receiving support for their mental health. Head Start are referral partners within Op COURAGE TILS, CTS & HIS teams.