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

  • Charity CEO Nicky Murdoch recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

    The Queen’s Birthday Honours list published, on 16 June 2017, on the occasion of Her Majesty’s official 91st birthday, recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people right across the United Kingdom. This year, the St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) Chief Executive Nicky Murdoch is awarded an MBE for service to the Armed Forces Community and their families. Read more

  • DMWS Welfare Officers support Manchester

    DMWS is deeply saddened and shocked by the attack in Manchester on Monday night. Our welfare officers are providing a service over and above their usual work to help people affected by the attack. We are offering practical help and emotional support where it is needed. A listening ear to front line staff police, fire, ambulance, A&E staff who have been directly involved in attending and dealing with casualties as well as supporting the bereaved, the patients and their families. Read more

  • DMWS meets peers at the House of Lords reception

    On May 16, together with Lord Smith of Kelvin KT CH (on behalf or Baroness Emerton DBE DL), the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) hosted a reception in the House of Lords to update key peers from Defence, Health and Policing about the organisation. In the Role of Royal Patron of DMWS Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, GCVO attended as a key advocate of the Charity’s work. Read more

  • DMWS provides a unique service to fill the welfare gap

    According to Sir James Lawrence Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales the practice of separating elderly couples against their wishes when one or both move to care homes must end (The Times, 10 May 2017). The Defence Medical Welfare Service has recently launched several projects to support the Aged Veteran community. Our Welfare Officers are acutely aware of the challenges faced by aged veterans and are well place to offer tailored support. Read more

  • 2016 Impact Report

    Our 2016 Impact Report showcases the work, commitment and outstanding results of DMWS. Case studies demonstrate how we continue to make a real difference to individuals by providing a professional welfare service, ensuring that no family goes through the worry of injury or illness alone. By gathering evidence and outcomes we demonstrate the cost benefit and value that professional welfare can deliver to linked organisations and health care providers. Read more

  • DMWS part of Unforgotten Forces Group awarded £4M to support older veterans

    The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) is delighted to be part of Unforgotten Forces, a collaboration of 14 key organisations, led by Poppyscotland, who has been awarded £4 million from the Aged Veterans Fund to undertake a three-year programme of support for older veterans and their families in Scotland. Read more

  • Sweet Memories

    When 77 year old Army veteran George met DMWS Welfare at Salford Royal Hospital during his treatment for terminal lung disease, he told her that he didn’t feel he needed DMWS’s help. However, during their conversation he reminisced about his 25 years of proud army service and his wartime childhood. In particular he vividly remembered a specific type of chocolate bar, Peter’s chocolate, and to this day it was, in his opinion, the best chocolate he has ever tasted! Read more

  • DMWS’s affiliation with the Armed Forces Community recognised with prestigious visit from The Chief of the General Staff and Royal Patron

    DMWS was delighted to welcome their Patron, Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex GCVO, The Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Nick Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen and The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mr Nigel Atkinson to the Charity’s Headquarters in Andover. The visit provided the perfect platform for highlighting the successes of the work undertaken and promoted the fantastic welfare support carried out every day. Read more

  • DMWS represented at Iraq and Afghanistan memorial unveiling

    Today, the unveiling of a new memorial in Victoria Embankment Gardens, Westminster by Her Majesty The Queen, honours both the UK Armed Forces and civilians who served their country in the Gulf region from 1990 – 2015. DMWS Welfare Officers were invited to the event, in recognition to the huge role they played in Operations TELIC and HERRICK. Read more

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Upcoming events

  • L3 Diploma in Welfare Studies Jul 17

    Level 3 Diploma in Welfare Studies Read more

  • Resilience Training - RMA Sandhurst

    Bespoke session for RMA Sandhurst Read more

  • Mental Health First Aid - Adult Aug 2017

    MHFA Adult 2-day course 16-17 August 2017 Read more