We’re very pleased to announce that in December the Change Step team were finalists in two categories of the Military and Civilian health Partnership awards which took place at the Defence Medical Services, Whittington, in Staffordshire.

The prestigious annual awards ceremony is a celebration of the unique partnership forged between the Ministry of Defence, the UK Departments of Health and the private and voluntary sectors that provide lifelong care for Service personnel, their families and Service veterans.

Geraint Jones, CAIS Director, overseeing Change Step said,

“It was a great honour to be recognised by the Military Health and civilian partnership awards, it was a brilliant evening and we met some truly inspiring people. I would personally like to thank the Change Step mentors across Wales for their tireless efforts in delivering a project that is now being recognised across Wales and beyond for its support to veterans and their families. Also a big thank you for the continued support of all the DACW members and also to the Armed Forces Covenant for the funding support that has made this possible.”

The awards, launched in June this year by Anna Soubry, Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, and Dr Dan Poulter, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, recognise the exceptional people that provide the Armed Forces Community with the very best in healthcare and social care.

Air Marshal Paul Evans, the Surgeon General, said:

“The success of this partnership is reflected in the diverse range of initiatives that help individuals attain the best possible treatment outcomes. These include projects that provide invaluable support to Veterans, and research that ensures the UK remains at the forefront of healthcare for both the Armed Forces and the wider society. The breadth and quality of nominations this year has been outstanding. The winners include military and civilian specialists working both as individuals and in teams that have excelled in delivering healthcare and social care to the Armed Forces Community. With the draw down of Armed Forces personnel from Afghanistan, this year’s awards are particularly poignant. It is important that the skills hard won by the Defence Medical Services and the public and private healthcare sectors are built upon, and the relationships that facilitate world-class healthcare are maintained.”

Jon Rouse, Director General of Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health, said:

“These awards serve to highlight the partnership between the Ministry of Defence and the Departments of Health. The NHS benefits greatly from this two-way transfer of skills between military and civilian practice, and ensures we can continue to deliver excellent healthcare to the Armed Forces as well as to the wider community.”

The Surgeon General agreed, adding:

“Going forward it will be ever more necessary to keep up the momentum of this relationship: to benefit from shared research, and to translate what we have learnt on the battlefield into the wider healthcare arena.”

Source: Military health and Civilian partnership website