This is the second of a series of reports from the Northern Ireland Veterans Health and Wellbeing Study (NIVHWS). The aim of this research is to gain insight into the experience of veterans in Northern Ireland in accessing services, and to use these perspectives to outline the key needs of the cohort presently and as they are anticipated to develop in the longer term.
The Current and Future Needs of Northern Ireland Veterans is the second of a series of reports from the NIVHWS. The aim of this research is to gain insight into the experience of veterans in Northern Ireland in accessing services, and to use these perspectives to outline the key needs of the cohort presently and as they are anticipated to develop in the longer term. This was completed by conducting a series of focus groups and interviews with veterans and service providers in the region. Building on the understanding of the sector gained in Supporting and Serving Military Veterans in Northern Ireland (the first report from the NIVHWS), alongside a review of existing literature on the needs of veterans in the UK, interview and focus group topic guides were developed to yield a user-led evidence base. Interviews were conducted with service providers working with veterans across the three core sectors, (statutory, voluntary and community, and MOD funded) which represented those providing direct support, those providing specialist provision to this population, such as those in public sector agencies who provide support to veterans as citizens of NI. Focus groups were comprised of a range of participants who met the criteria for veteran status according to the MOD definition1. The team has endeavoured to recruit participants from across the veteran population in the region to represent various age ranges, ranks and branches of the armed forces. The aim was to include veterans with a variety of specialist needs, including those who were medically discharged ones, as well as those who are largely disengaged from service providers.
Armour, C., Walker, E., Waterhouse-Bradley, B., Hall, M. and Ross, J., 2017. Current and Future Needs of Veterans in Northern Ireland. Final Report. NIVHWS. Forces in Mind Trust.