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Veterans Universal Passport: a pilot of a health and social care record for UK ex-service personnel
journal contributionposted on 2023-08-30, 16:35 authored by Lauren R. Godier-McBard, Matt Fossey
Background: The transfer of care between different health and social care systems are often associated with poor outcomes and disengagement. Indeed, following the transition from military to civilian life, ex-service personnel report difficulties in navigating civilian health and social care services. Personal healthcare records are associated with a number of benefits, including improved continuity of care and patient empowerment. As such, this pilot project aimed to assess the benefits of the Veterans Universal Passport (VUP) in supporting UK ex-service personnel accessing NHS services. Methods: In-depth semi-structured interviewed were carried out with eight participants (3 ex-service personnel, 2 carers, 3 health and social care professionals) who had used the VUP. Interviews explored the benefits, challenges and unmet needs associated with the VUP. A thematic analysis was used to identify themes within this framework. Results: Participants felt that the VUP improved continuity of care and promoted a feeling of control over care. The military-specific nature of the VUP promoted a sense of identify and provided a ‘support scaffold’ for navigating the complexities of the civilian healthcare system. Challenges included awareness amongst health and social care professionals, and engagement of users. All participants suggested development into a digital application. Conclusions: Findings suggest that the VUP had a positive impact on veterans access to civilian health and social care services, highlighting that it provided a much-needed structure to their journey through treatment. Considering the parallels with other health and social care transitions, translation for other populations may be beneficial.
Publication titleBMJ Military Health
- Accepted version