We are the Defence Medical Welfare Service, providing medical welfare support to the Armed Forces Community and other Frontline staff, across the UK and abroad.

Our Welfare Officers are highly trained and are ready to respond to those in need 24/7.

We are the only charity to deploy to areas of conflict alongside troops on the frontline, and the first welfare service that service personnel will see when they are wounded, injured or sick.

Latest News

  • Police charities join forces

    More than 20 organisations attended the Police Charities UK launch, including the Defence Medical Welfare Service, signalling their commitment to work in partnership and share best practice to provide the best support possible to the wider policing ‘family.’ Read more

  • The Difference we made to A& E

    DMWS is proud of our welfare officers Tom and Tim who recently received fantastic feedback from a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Oldham Hospital, part of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The email below really highlights how our service does not only supports the patient and their family, but also the organisations and health care providers linked to the individual’s clinical care pathway. Read more

  • Updating the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire on DMWS achievements

    For the Defence Medical Welfare Service the New Year started with a prestigious visit from HER Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson on 10 January 2017. It was a great opportunity for the Hampshire-based charity to update the Lord-Lieutenant on the charity’s significant contributions in 2016 and its ambitious plans for the years ahead. Read more

  • New Police Welfare Service launched in Hampshire

    The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) is excited to announce the official launch of a Police Medical Welfare Support Service, available to Police Officers, staff or family members of Hampshire Constabulary. The service is independent and complements the welfare support currently offered by the Police Federation and others. It aims to improve recovery time, wellbeing and resilience across the Force. Read more

  • Happy 50th Birthday Rick!!

    Rick, an ex-Lancaster fusilier, has got a lot to celebrate this week… when DMWS Welfare Officer Isaak Smith met Rick for the first time, Rick was homeless and sleeping rough in a Manchester Park. His benefits had been suspended and he found himself with no money. Worse, he was suffering with anxiety, depression and alcohol issues. Read more

  • Honouring the Historical Relationship between St John and DMWS

    What an honour to welcome the new Prior of St John to DMWS to ensure our historical relationship continues to grow. The meeting was a wonderful opportunity to brief the Prior, Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, CBE on the developments within the charity since he assumed his new appointment in June 2016. Read more

  • Showing Appreciation to our DMWS Scotland Team

    Today, on November 30 Scotland celebrates St Andrew’s Day. On a day where the Best of Scottish is recognised, the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) would like to highlight the fantastic work our Welfare Officers in Scotland do every day. Read more

  • CEO of DMWS, Nicky Murdoch visits the HRH Countess of Wessex

    Nicky Murdoch, CEO of the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) and Deputy Chairman Steve Cowden visited Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex at her home in Bagshot Park to update her on the excellent progress the charity has made over the last 6 months. Read more

  • Pioneering Medical Service Extends Across Avon and Somerset

    An exciting new welfare support service has been set up in the Avon and Somerset area by the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) which is targeted towards the over 65 aged veteran’s cohort, their families and care givers who are receiving medical care. Read more

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