Calling Veterans

Veterans are defined as anyone who has served for at least one day in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve) or Merchant Mariners, who have seen duty on legally defined military operations.

·        Are you a Veteran?
·        Do you live in the Wigan Borough?

It doesn’t matter why you left the Forces or how long you served for, if the answer to these question is YES, then Healthwatch Wigan and Leigh would like to hear from you.

Healthwatch Wigan and Leigh is the independent consumer champion for local users of health and social care services.  We are here to make your services better by listening to your experiences and influencing improvements in the way health and social care is provided locally.

We are working with local Veterans to talk to other veterans about their views and experiences of health and social care services and how these services can be improved for veterans.

This is your chance to have your say and help us make sure that every member of the ex-services community across the Borough receives the treatment that they deserve.

Please help us by answering our survey.  Everything you tell us will be treated with the strictest confidence and we will not share your details with anyone.

For further information contact Healthwatch Wigan & Leigh on:

Phone: 01942 834666

* 1. What is your age?

* 2. When were you discharged? (Please give an approximate date)

* 3. Why were you discharged?

* 4. Do you have a health condition?

* 5. Please specify what health condition you suffer from? (Tick as many boxes as necessary)

* 6. Were you receiving mental health support in the Armed Forces?

* 7. If yes, did that continue after discharge?

* 8. Do you receive any rehabilitation or support for physical or mental health conditions during your transition from Service to civilian life?

* 9. Have you identified yourself as part of the Armed Forces family with the NHS and Local Authority Services?

* 10. Please rate how easy it is to access health and care services (1 being difficult, 10 being easy)

* 11. Please rate how easy it is to access information, signposting and guidance (1 being difficult, 10 being easy)

* 12. Please rate how easy it is to access peer support and network opportunties (1 being difficult, 10 being easy)

* 13. Do you think the terms of the Armed Forces Covenant are being met by the Local Authority? (Please comment and give your experiences)

“The Armed Forces Covenant imposes a duty of care on the part of the state to ensure that members of the Armed Forces community (including veterans) face no disadvantage, health or otherwise, as a result of military service.”

* 14. Are there any organisations in the Borough where you have found key support? (Please give details)