Veteran Friendly Practice

Veterans, service leavers, and non-mobilised reservists

Find healthcare and welfare support dedicated to veterans, service leavers, non-mobilised reservists, and their families and carers on the NHS England website.

All veterans, service leavers, non-mobilised reservists and their family members and carers can access a range of specialist healthcare and support created to provide treatment and care for many different problems.

Op RESTORE: The Veterans Physical Health and Wellbeing Service

Op RESTORE: The Veterans Physical Health and Wellbeing Service is an NHS service that provides specialist care and treatment to veterans who have physical health problems as a result of their time in the Armed Forces.

LGBT veterans independent review publication
The report into the treatment of LGBT service personnel prior to lifting the ban on gay people
serving in the British Armed Forces in 2000 has been published:

LGBT Veterans IndependentReview – GOV.UK (

Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Op COURAGE is the umbrella term for dedicated mental health services for individuals leaving the Armed Forces, veterans, and reservists. Op COURAGE was previously commissioned as three services, the Veterans Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS), the Veterans Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS) and the Veterans Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS).


Op NOVA, delivered by the Forces Employment Charity and commissioned by NHS England, provides support for veterans who are in contact with the justice system, enabling them to access the services they need.


Op FORTITUDE is funded by The Armed Forces Covenant Fund to deliver a centralised referral pathway into veteran supported housing. The remit of the team will be to work with individual veterans at risk of or experiencing homelessness, supporting them either into suitable accommodation, or supporting them to maintain their current home.

From an assessment of need, and led by the veteran’s own choice, there could be a range of supportive interventions taken, including, but not limited to:

  • Tenancy sustainment, where is suitable and safe accommodation, through Local Authority Homelessness Reduction Act Duties
  • Referral to Veteran Charity Sector Organisations to provide additional support
  • Referral to veteran supported

Referrals can be made to Op FORTITUDE:

Click on the link below :

Referral form

Or by Freephone 0800 9520774

Please click on the three lines on the left hand side of ‘Appleby Medical Practice’ for further practice related information.