DMWS Healthcare Navigator Sheila works closely with NHS GPs to better support the health and social care needs of the Armed Forces community in Birmingham. She helps veterans/service leavers, reservists and their families with issues affecting their physical or mental wellbeing. This can range from housing problems to feeling socially isolated. Her holistic approach and confidential support has helped this community to deal with issues faced after service life.
The aim is to promote independence and improve quality of life. We also focus on improving awareness and support for the Armed Forces community within the Primary Care sector and strengthening links between the wider military community and GPs.
Sheila said: “I am proud to be supporting the ‘Armed Forces Family’ who really benefit from this valuable project. I have worked with a wide variety of people, both young and old, with a range of different needs. One day I might be providing bereavement support to a military spouse and the next, visit a veteran with mental health issues in prison or accompany a service leaver with an anxiety disorder to a medical appointment. Many of my cases involve signposting to other agencies such as befriending services when people feel lonely.”
If you think you or a person you know might benefit from this service, please contact us.
See the project website for full information: https://www.dmws.org.uk/healthcare-navigator
Or download our leaflet here: Leaflet Healthcare Navigator