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

Rick's Reunion

Rick has been living rough on the streets of Manchester and regrets not having any photos from his time in Service. But with the help of the E-Fan Project Rick is now getting his life back on track and even met up with his best mate from the Army.Read more

DMWS appoints Allan Thomson as new Chairman

The Defence Medical Welfare Service is delighted to announce that Brigadier (Ret’d) Allan Thomson MSc MBA FIET CEng has taken over as the Chairman of Trustees from Major General (Ret’d) John Stokoe CB CBE, on 1.3.2017.Read more

Soldiering On Awards 2017: Military welfare advocate and veteran Nicky Murdoch

THOSE she has helped have faced combat and have often paid the price with horrific injuries and mental health problems.Read more

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