How we help

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Our Mission

To provide a high-quality medical welfare service to those who serve the nation and the community when they are in the patient care pathway, in order to deliver capability and productivity.

What we do

DMWS has been providing a medical welfare service since 1943. We help patients when their medical needs are being met but when other issues, problems or social influences may be distracting them from their recovery. We provide practical and emotional support to ensure that no family goes through the worry of injury or illness alone.


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Support to organisations

Apart from the obvious benefits to patients and their families, working with DMWS provides wider advantages to linked organisations and health care providers involved in the individual’s clinical care pathway.


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Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the moral obligation of society towards members of the Armed Forces community. It enables businesses and charitable organisations to express their support, and commit to ways in which they can provide that support.


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Support us

DMWS is immensely grateful to everyone who supports us. Whether making an individual or corporate donation; no matter how large or small, it all contributes to our work in supporting those who put their life at risk to serve our country.


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over 1 million

patients and families supported by DMWS since 1943

1/4 million

pounds saved by the NHS with just two DMWS projects

70 million 

days are lost each year to mental health illness each year 

Latest News

  • Soldiering On Award Winner and Finalist Three Years In A Row

    The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) has been shortlisted for a third year running as a finalist in the 2019 Soldiering On Awards. The prestigious military awards recognise outstanding achievements of service personnel, and individuals and groups that support the armed forces community. Read more

  • Defence Medical Welfare Service shortlisted for PEN National Award!

    The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) has been shortlisted in the Patient Experience Network (PEN) National Awards. The charity, which provides an independent face-to-face medical welfare service to the Armed Forces Community whenever they are receiving medical treatment; is a finalist in the ‘Partnership Working to Improve the Experience’ category. Read more

  • Scottish Veterans Minister Meets Military Veterans Project Making Positive Changes

    In a visit led by the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) team, Scottish Veterans Minister Graeme Dey met with attendees of Ayrshire Veterans Breakfast Club, at the Melbourne Café, followed by a visit to the Unforgotten Forces consortium at Poppyscotland’s Head Office in Kilmarnock. Read more