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The University’s Westminster Centre for Research in Veterans is hosting the video on its webpages here.

Student nurses are the main target audience for Introduction to the Armed Forces Community module, as nurses form the majority of the clinical workforce and this shaped how the video was developed. However, the resource can be used by anyone working with or interested in veterans’ health and social care.

The production of the Introduction to the Armed Forces Community educational module was supported by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, Health Education England and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. The programme is delivered in six chapters to educate nurses, healthcare practitioners and others interested personnel to deliver the optimum care to military veterans and their families through an understanding and insight into the Armed Forces Community.

The six chapters cover areas such as the common physical and mental health issues impacting on veterans and their families and signpost the help available. The module also contains a series of animated videos following the Johnson family members through their life and explores the struggles they face, which mirror those of many veterans and their families.

This free initiative can be accessed as a complete module or each chapter can be viewed as a stand-alone repository of information for anyone looking for specific information.

Colonel (Retd) Alan Finnegan, Professor of Nursing and Military Mental Health at the University of Chester, who is the Director of the Westminster Centre for Veterans Research, said: “We hope that this will prove to be a useful tool in helping clinical staff and anyone connected in supporting the Armed Forces Community to understand their needs of and how they can be supported. I would like to thank everyone who made this free resource possible.”

Background to the project and the evaluation were published in Finnegan, AP., et al (2020). Educating Nurses to Deliver Optimum Care to Military Veterans and their Families. Nurse Education in Practice. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2019.102654   

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