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Critical analysis of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Aged Veterans Fund
  1. Lisa C G Di Lemma1,
  2. A Finnegan1 and
  3. S Howe2
  1. 1Westminster Centre for Research in Veterans, University of Chester, Chester, UK
  2. 2Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr A Finnegan, University of Chester, Chester, UK; a.finnegan{at}chester.ac.uk

Abstract

Background Relatively little research is available regarding the specific needs of older military veterans and the services introduced to support them. In 2016, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust launched the Aged Veterans Fund (AVF), to understand the impact that military service may have on ageing, and to support initiatives targeting their health and well-being. This fund was financed for 5 years and included 19 UK portfolio projects.

Method The paper presents a retrospective evaluation on the processes and impact of the AVF, with the intent of informing policy, educational services, service providers and stakeholders of the lessons learnt. The inclusion criteria was veterans and their families aged 65 years of age or over. In 2019, data were drawn from documentary evidence related to the programmes. Qualitative analysis were performed on 78 eligible sources and 10 themes were identified.

Results Programmes were rolled out via collaborative partnerships referrals, focusing on person-centred or skill-exchange approaches. Challenges were encountered, such as capacity and timelines issues. A limited amount of associated cost-savings was observed, even if examples of sustainability and high satisfaction were reported. Evidence was found of programmes boosting health and well-being outcomes, in raising awareness, and in positively impacting on clinical practice, such as re-admission rates.

Conclusion The AVF programmes were successful in their intent to provide support to older veterans and their families. The findings provide indicators of the next steps required for the support of ageing veterans. Further investigation of the cost-effectiveness of age-friendly veterans’ services is needed.

  • health policy
  • quality in health care
  • medical education & training
  • depression & mood disorders
  • old age psychiatry

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Data availability statement

Data are available on reasonable request. Data may be obtained from a third party and are not publicly available. Data are available on request. However, consent from the involved third parties would be required to obtain the data.

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  • Contributors LCGDL contributed to the planning, and was responsible for data collection, analysis and reporting of the work described in the article, and submitted the paper. AF was responsible for the planning and supported the analysis and drafting of the paper. SH supported the planning, reporting and supervised throughout the data collection process.

  • Funding This research was commissioned and funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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