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Review of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations 2019

The Review of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Associations (RFCAs) was launched in January 2019 by the ACDS(R&C) in MOD on behalf of the Chief of Defence People (CDP). Following the Cabinet Office guidance on tailored Reviews, the Review examined…

Veterans Factsheet 2020

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.

Randomised controlled trial of 3MDR for Treatment Resistant Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in military veterans

Modular motion-assisted memory desensitisation and reconsolidation (3MDR) is a new treatment that aims to reduce cognitive avoidance and augment engagement with therapy. 3MDR is based on known therapeutic principles of virtual reality exposure therapy and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing…

The Mental Health Needs of Serving and ex-Service Personnel: A Systematic Review

In 2018, Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) commissioned The National Centre for Social Research to conduct a systematic review of evidence on the mental health needs of serving and ex-Service personnel and their families, building on a previous FiMT-funded review…

A Longitudinal Evaluation Of Surf Action’s Impact In Using Surf Therapy To Support The Physical And Psychological Wellbeing Of 374 Young People From The Armed Forces Community: 2014-2019

This report is a longitudinal analysis of the delivery, efficacy and effectiveness of Surf Action’s Armed Forces Community Families Resilient Children and Families Programme, which has been running for six years, and has been funded, in part by the National…

A Longitudinal Evaluation of the impact of Surf Action in using Ocean Therapy to support the physical and psychological wellbeing of 200 members of the Armed Forces community from 2013 to 2019

This report is a longitudinal analysis of the delivery, efficacy and effectiveness of Surf Action’s five year ‘Centre of Excellence’ Project which was funded by the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. Throughout the project Surf Action collected data in numerous…

Housing Needs of Ageing Veterans Who Have Experienced Limb Loss

Military veterans can experience limb loss as a direct result of conflict, an accident, illness or injury. Whatever the cause, there is a need to recognise the long-term consequences and challenges of limb loss on maintaining independence in one’s home.…

‘It’s Like Therapy But More Fun’ Armed Forces and Veterans’ Breakfast Clubs: A Study of Their Emergence as Veterans’ Self-Help Communities

The armed forces veterans’ support sector is vast and, some would argue, overprovided for. At a time when some long-established ex-armed forces support organizations appear to be losing members, Armed Forces and Veterans’ Breakfast Clubs (AFVBCs) continue to grow. This…

UK Armed Forces Quarterly Service Personnel Statistics

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced on 29 June 2016 that it was changing the Army trained, disciplined manpower by changing the definition of Trained Strength to include those in the Army who have completed Phase 1 training. This affects…

Remote Access Therapy for Veterans With Psychological Problems: Current State of the Art

The past decade has seen both an increase in use and research into ways in which psychological therapy might be delivered remotely. Remote access therapy uses technology to deliver talking therapies. It is important to understand how remote technologies are…