Armed Forces Veterans Group (AFVG)

The purpose of the AFVG

ESNEFT’s Armed Forces and Veterans Group (AFVG) ensures serving military personnel and veterans are not disadvantaged when referred for treatment and ensures they are heard at every level.

AFVG includes senior ESNEFT managers, Armed Forces Clinical Champions and colleagues with a service background who are committed to improving Armed Forces experience – e.g. giving Armed Forces personnel hospital tours, working with patient experience team to resolve Armed Forces issues and providing clear, accurate information.

Accountability for Armed Forces, ‘Veterans and their families’ (VATF) is included in the duties of staff who champion the adherence to the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant throughout ESNEFT.

AFVG gives ESNEFT a broad knowledge base and greater understanding of Armed Forces and veterans and their families and works to increase our NHS representation on the local Civilian Military Partnership Board. This was particularly evident when Colchester’s Garrison Commander thanked ESNEFT for its ‘timely, prioritised care and outstanding liaison throughout the Covid pandemic’.

Email ESNEFT’s Armed Forces and Veterans Group.


Armed Forces Covenant - Employer Recognition Scheme - Gold Award 2023


Armed Forces Advocate

ESNEFT has recruited a Senior Armed Forces Advocate who is here to provide information and support to patients, families and staff who are members of the Armed Forces Community.

ESNEFT is committed to making sure serving military personnel and veterans are not disadvantaged in their care and treatment.

We have an Armed Forces Advocate who is here to provide support to patients. The advocate can liaise with the many military charities and organisations that can help with a number of issues from mental health to housing and support groups.

Email the armed forces advocate

View the ESNEFT Armed Forces poster (Opens in a new window 935 Kb pdf) 











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