A message from our CEO, Paul Gaffney:

In this, our 75th year, we celebrate our rich and distinguished history. Since 1943 the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) has been providing a unique, highly responsive and professional medical welfare service to those who serve the nation. Our welfare officers provide practical and emotional support to frontline staff during times of physical or mental ill health to improve wellbeing and recovery.

Throughout 2018 we are planning regional and local events throughout the UK. The events are a perfect opportunity to find out how our charity has evolved from supporting injured and ill military personnel in areas of conflict and at home, to offering support to new beneficiaries in the veteran’s community, the Police, the probation service and the NHS in recent years.

Due to advancements in medical treatment many more people are surviving serious injury or illness. With people living longer, the pressures on both health and social care, and the acknowledgement of wellbeing as a core determinant of health, people continue to need our support, now and into the future. We believe that the need for our person centred service is as great today as it was 75 years ago. 

Yours sincerely


Paul Gaffney - Chief Executive

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