St Thomas Hospital
Lambeth Palace Road
Tel (Helpline): 0800 169 5401 Medical Assessment Programme (MAP)
Tel (Helpline): 0800 169 4495 Pensions, Compensation & Veterans Unit (PCV) Tel: 020 7202 8323
Websites: www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/WhatWeDo/HealthandSafety/GulfVeteransIllnesses/TheMedicalAssessmentProgramme.htm or www.veterans-uk.info (follow A-Z M for Medical Assessment Programme)
The Medical Assessment Programme (MAP) was established in July 1993 to examine UK Gulf veterans who were concerned that their health had been adversely affected by service in the 1990/1991 Gulf conflict. Defence ministers have extended the role of the MAP in recent years to other groups of ex-service personnel so that they too may benefit from the knowledge and skills developed in assessing veterans with mental health concerns. Veterans who fulfill the following criteria for eligibility and feel they would benefit from seeing a consultant with military background should seek a referral via their GP to the MAP.
A mental health examination for ex-service personnel with operational service since 1982 (including veterans of the Falklands conflict).
The MAP is located at St Thomas' Hospital, London and currently staffed by a Consultant Psychiatrist. The service is open to ex-service personnel in prison.
The purpose of the MAP is:
- To provide advice to individuals and health professionals about the mental health of veterans in their care.
- To assess, and attempt to understand, the psychological difficulties experienced by ex-service personnel presenting to the service.
- Where possible, to provide diagnoses and management strategies for individuals and the medical and mental health professionals involved in their care.
- To collate anonymised statistical information as a resource for study of this population by authorised researchers who have obtained the appropriate ethical clearance. No information about named individuals is given to third parties without written consent from the individuals concerned.
GPs and other health professionals are encouraged to refer patients who fulfil the eligibility criteria and who are concerned that their mental health may have suffered as a result of military service. All patients and GPs receive a copy of the assessment report.
All cases should be referred to the Head of Medical Assessment programme at Baird Medical Centre.
Last updated on 21/07/2012
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