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Veterans Stabilisation Programme

At the Trust, we recognise the sacrifice that you as UK service men and women have made and we are working hard to establish the support and treatment you deserve. 

We are fully committed to our obligations under the Armed Forces Covenant and we offer specialist treatment for military and other trauma as well as common mental health issues.  We have established links with local and national military charities to raise awareness and improve communication, coordination and understanding of the particular challenges that you and your families can encounter as ex-service personnel. We work closely with the Armed Forces Community Covenants in Suffolk and Norfolk.​ Our links with the NHS England Transition and Liason Service (TILS; contact details below) for Veterans are good.

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What is the Veterans' Stabilisation Programme (VSP)?

The VSP has been operational since 2014, and is well-established. It aims to provide veterans with the discipline and skills to better manage life, day-to-day.

This cognitive based therapy (CBT) group was developed by a veteran, a clinical psychologist and a mindfulness practitioner/trainer.

What are the aims of the group?

The group will explore different options flexibly, help you find new ways forward and to:

  • Identify, acknowledge and change your mindset towards recovery
  • Understand the psychology of combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Learn new psychological skills and discipline that can help in civilian life

You will also benefit from the support of other veterans who have had similar experiences.

What is covered in the group sessions?

The sessions will explore the psychological mechanics of PTSD and possible links to other psychological and physical symptoms, helping you develop a greater sense of control and stability in your life. They also aim to:

  • Help the management and understanding of difficult thoughts, issues, feelings and memories
  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Reduce the use of unhelpful coping mechanisms such as alcohol and drugs
  • Improve relationships
  • Teach the discipline and tools of mindfulness.

 

What commitment is required?

The groups will be made up of around six to eight people. They are held for two hours, once a week, for 16 weeks. Anyone involved in a significant relationship with you can also attend the initial session.

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How can I be referred?

You can self-refer direct via the Wellbeing Service, or ask your GP to refer you to the VSP via the Wellbeing Service. Alternatively, if you are already under the care of NSFT, you can ask your Lead Care Professional (the member of NSFT staff you speak to most often) to refer you. Contact details are below.  

What is expected of me?

You must be available to attend the full course and be willing to 'give it a try' and practice techniques at home. You will also be asked to:

  • Treat all members with respect
  • Be open and non-judgmental
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Arrive on time

 

Community Response Partnership

This service, run by Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing, provides out of hours mental health crisis support.

How does it work?

Veterans who qualify for this service can access mental health crisis support between 21:00 and 07:00.

How to register
For more information call 01603 516580, or email: admin@walnuttreehealthandwellbeing.co.uk

Click the portraits below for more information.

 

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Luke Woodley
Roger Kingerlee

 

Contact us

 

For further information contact:

Dr Roger Kingerlee
Clinical Psychologist

or

John King, Mindfulness Practitioner
and Course Facilitator

at:

Gateway House Unit 1
Gateway 11 Business Park
Wymondham
Norfolk NR18 0WF

T: 01953 611000 (option 2)

Community Response Partnership
Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing
Brotterton Suite
Church Road
Ketteringham Hall
Ketteringham
Norfolk NR18 9RS

walnuttreeproject@gmail.com 

Wellbeing Service Norfolk and Waveney

www.wellbeingnandw.co.uk
T: 0300 123 1503

NHS England Transition and Liason Service (TILS)

Veterans can self-refer to TILS at any time, via: 0300 323 0137 / email: mevs.mhm@nhs.net