Our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant
In 2014, DMWS (Defence Medical Welfare Services) signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant to pledge our support to those who serve. In 2018 we were one of 50 organisations to receive the prestigious Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award.
We actively promote the Armed Forces Covenant commitment to industry and the community. We act as an intermediary between different organisations and (ex-) military personnel and their families to enhance understanding and appreciation of the Armed Forces, which has reduced conflict and led to improved service provision for those in a time of need. We attend events/meetings promoting the support to the Armed Forces community and share news to increase awareness of frontline staff and the covenant. We also support other organisations by providing Mental Health First Aid training with a focus on the challenges faced by the Armed Forces community.
DMWS supports service personnel and veterans, families of serving members, as well as offering support to our employees undertaking Reserve service and cadet instructors with up to 10 days paid leave for annual training.
DMWS is an independent charity providing welfare services to frontline staff whenever they are receiving medical treatment. We understand hospital treatment/healthcare interventions can be stressful and bring with it feelings of isolation, stress and worry, all barriers to recovery.
Our Welfare Officers work with patients when their medical needs are being met but are facing other problems or social influences. We provide practical and emotional support to ensure that no family goes through the worry of injury or illness alone. Our support is tailored to individual needs and may include a listening ear, help to resolve any practical issues and referrals to other agencies for support.
All our Welfare Officers are professionals from a variety of backgrounds including military, healthcare, social work and counselling.
We operate across the UK, and overseas, supporting those who put themselves in harm’s way to serve our country. This includes Armed Forces personnel, Reservists, Veterans and their families and increasingly other front line services, as well as to their primary care givers and healthcare professionals.