Physical Health Report Launch
The Directory of Social Change (DSC) today (25 January) release the report Focus On: Armed Forces Charities’ Physical Health Provision
, which reveals that a small number of charities provide a much-needed range of physical health services to a quarter of a million people in the Armed Forces Community. Funded by Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), this report is the second of six Focus On reports which provide more detailed support on armed forces charities support for key areas of need.
One charity to every 2,070 beneficiaries
Figures presented in the report illustrate that a large need is being met by a relatively small number of charities. Just 121 charities deliver services to at least 250,000 beneficiaries, with armed forces charities spending at least £103million on physical health provision with the previous year.
There is approximately one charity to every 2,070 beneficiaries accessing support for physical health. By comparison, this was roughly seven-times greater than the number of people accessing education and employment(one charity to every 450 beneficiaries) and 25 times greater than those accessing mental health support (one charity to every 130 beneficiaries). This finding highlights the huge demand for physical health services placed upon a small number of forces charities.
Variety and depth of provision
Analysis shows that many charities provide lifelong support for members of the armed forces community, across a range of specific injury and illness types (not all of which are attributable to Service life), with ‘limited mobility’ being the most commonly supported type of injury/ illness. The most commonly provided services also include recreation-based support, adapted housing provision, and respite services.
The report highlights a range of clinical and non-clinical services, from physiotherapy and nursing to adapted housing and scuba diving. DSC also explore the variety and depth of provision being made by armed forces charities, which can have a dramatic effect on an individual’s recuperation from injury or improved quality of life for an ageing veteran population.
Grant-making practices, best practice, partnerships between charities, and collaboration with other healthcare providers are also explored in DSC’s latest research. Click here to download the report.