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Armed Forces: Derbyshire

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to provide assistance to soldiers normally resident in Derbyshire following active service in Afghanistan and Iraq. (317697)

My Department has taken many steps in recent years to improve the support available to all service personnel on their return from operations. These include improvements to medical support, welfare and financial packages.

The hon. Member will be aware of the Defence Secretary’s recent statement on 10 February 2010, Official Report, column 926, to the House regarding improvements to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. He will also be aware of my recent announcement on the Army Recovery Capability, which is an integrated and coherent programme to help injured and sick personnel return to work or prepare for civilian life.

In terms of mental health, we continue to have a package of measures to assist with the early intervention of mental health problems. These include the use of Trauma Risk Management (TRiM), which is a model of peer group mentoring and support. We also provide out-patient and in extreme cases in-patient care to ensure any mental health needs are managed as early as possible.

There are no specific programmes of assistance for service personnel from Derbyshire, but a coherent package for all Service Leavers and Veterans regardless of location.