The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established to help ex-Service men and women make a successful transition back to civilian life, has awarded a grant of £152,119 to King’s College London to identify factors that both encourage and inhibit the process of military transition for veterans with post-combat disorders. The project is being led by Professor Edgar Jones – Professor of the History of Medicine and Psychiatry at King’s.
The project will analyse historical data and collate it in order to summarise key learnings which are applicable to future transition; in particular, outlining areas of support needed for Service personnel and the role of employment. Whilst the link between mental illness and unemployment is well-known within the general population, much less is understood about the veteran population; particularly those dealing with post-combat disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The data explored will include files on war pensions awarded in the aftermath of the Second World War and 1,084 case notes of patients treated at the York Clinic at Guy’s Hospital, between April 1944 and December 1949. Ex-Service personnel in receipt of a pension at the time were required to attend annual medical boards and as a result, there is a huge breadth of evidence about the transition process from military to civilian employment during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Dr Alberta Engelbrecht has been appointed as the Research Worker on the project and will take up her post in January 2015.
Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, Ray Lock, said: “Historically, many of the issues surrounding veterans were based on anecdotal or emotive evidence. The resources being analysed in this research are unique and will further add to the strong evidence-base to which we are contributing across the sector.”
Professor Edgar Jones at King’s College London said: “This important grant will enable us to track how the effects of psychological trauma evolved over time and to explore what factors aided recovery or sustained illness.”
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- About the Forces in Mind Trust: The Forces in Mind Trust came about from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations. FiMT continues the Fund’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK with an endowment of £35 million awarded in 2012. Since 2004 the Fund has given more than £88 million to programmes supporting veterans. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.
- During its first two years, FiMT has commissioned seminal research reports such as the Transition Mapping Study (TMS) which reviewed how the entire transition process from military to civilian life currently works and how it is viewed by stakeholders and recent Service leavers. The economic model developed for the report calculated the total cost of poor transition to the UK as a whole to be £113 million in 2012, whilst the report itself has been discussed across Whitehall and debated in the House of Lords.
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