Armed Forces Support

Healthcare for the armed forces community


The Veteran Friendly Practices Accreditation Programme was launched on the 5 June 2019. As members of the programme, practices are better able to identify and treat veterans, refer them where appropriate, to dedicated NHS services (such as the Veterans' Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison service (TILS), the Veterans' Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS) and the Veterans Trauma Network) and capture better epidemiological data to improve future health provision. 

Accredited practices will:

  • Ask patients registering with the surgery if they have ever served in the British Armed Forces;
  • Have a clinical lead on veterans in the surgery. This will either be a registered health care professional, nurse or paramedic; and
  • Have a CQC 'good' rating or higher.

Veteran friendly accredited practices in Hartlepool are detailed below.

Bank House Surgery (

Chadwick Practice (

Gladstone House Surgery (Homepage - Gladstone House Surgery)

Havelock Grange Practice (

The Headland Medical Centre (

McKenzie Group Practice (

Seaton Surgery (

Wynyard Road & Hartfields Medical Practice (


Op COURAGE is an NHS mental health specialist service designed to help serving personnel due to leave the military, reservists, armed forces veterans and their families. Op COURAGE can help you and your family with a range of support and treatment.

You can contact the service in many ways, including:

  • directly getting in touch yourself, or through a family member or friend
  • asking a GP to refer you
  • asking a charity to refer you

The service will arrange for you to have an assessment, to make sure you get the right care and support. For more information click here.

The Warrior Programme

This programme enables individuals to manage their emotions and to develop the resilience, focus and motivation to succeed in today’s world. The programme has been developed over the last fifteen years to meet the demands and challenges experienced by past and present members of the armed forces and their families.

The Warrior Programme | Building Your Future

NHS Choices provides healthcare information and support for the UK's 10 million-strong armed forces community, including serving personnel, reservists, families and veterans.

NHS Choices

MOD support and welfare