Help for heroes? Evaluating a case management programme for ex-service personnel in the United Kingdom

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AIMS: There is increasing recognition of the health and social needs of ex-service personnel, but the UK evidence base on interventions is small. This article presents the findings from an evaluation of a vocational case management programme co-funded by the National Health Service (NHS) to prevent ill health among ex-service personnel.

METHODS: Qualitative, semi-structured interviews with 15 ex-service personnel were conducted. Five interviews with case management staff were also undertaken. Data were transcribed, thematically coded and analysed using NVivo.

RESULTS: Ex-service personnel valued the service and consistently highlighted 'being listened to', 'being made to feel valued by programme staff', 'having their problems taken seriously' and 'being treated as an individual' as the most valuable aspects of the programme. Respondents particularly valued the personal support that case managers provided and the environment in which the service was delivered.

CONCLUSION: Case management is a viable way in which the military, health professionals and support services can provide ongoing support for ex-service personnel in transitioning successfully to civilian life.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-42
Number of pages6
JournalPerspectives in Public Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Adult, Case Management, Female, Health Services Needs and Demand, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Male, Middle Aged, Military Personnel, State Medicine, United Kingdom, Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Review, ex-service personnel, evaluation, qualitative, vocational