Recognising support for Armed Forces in Scotland

Royal Marines from 45 Commando Group. Picture: L(Phot) Paul Halliwell.
Royal Marines from 45 Commando Group. Picture: L(Phot) Paul Halliwell.

Health Secretary Alex Neil has urged Scots to nominate innovators who have developed “outstanding” projects and initiatives which give the best of health and social care to the Armed Forces community.

Mr Neil was speaking in support of the Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards, a UK-wide initiative to identify those who have made a difference to the health and wellbeing of Service personnel, their families and veterans. They could work for Defence Medical Services, the National Health Service, or the independent and voluntary sectors.

Mr Neil said: “It is absolutely vital our military and civilian health professionals get the recognition they deserve for the outstanding work they do with Armed Forces personnel, their families and veterans. The Military And Civilian Health Partnership Awards provide us with an important opportunity to recognise and reward these achievements.

“Scotland has historically been well represented in regards to nominations, shortlisted entrants and category winners and, with just under three weeks to go, I hope this can be repeated across the 2014 awards.”

The Edinburgh-based veterans’ charity Veterans’ First Point (V1P) has won three Military and Civilian awards. In 2011 they received the Mental Health and Care of Veterans honours. In 2013 Dr Lucy Abraham, of V1P, was named Healthcare Civilian of the Year.

Are you ex-forces, living in Angus and think your employers deserve recognition? Visit the website for details of the awards, including how to make a nomination at