Right Turn Veteran-Specific Recovery Service: 5 site evaluation pilot: Interim report

Albertson, Katherine; Best, David; Irving, Jamie; Murphy, Tony; Buckingham, Sarah; Morton, Gavin; Stevenson, Judy; Crowley, Mike; Mama-Rudd, Adam and Chagger, Alex (2016). Right Turn Veteran-Specific Recovery Service: 5 site evaluation pilot: Interim report. Sheffield Hallam University and The Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice.

URL: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/12199/


The Right Turn project works with the ex-service personnel community in recovery from substance misuse. This report presents the interim findings from a two-year evaluation on the impact on health and wellbeing outcomes on military veterans engaging in this innovative peer-focussed recovery service. The evaluation is designed around a structured quantitative data collection process using an established repeat measure design and utilises qualitative methodologies to explore both the life experiences of this veteran cohort and to take account of their own perceptions of the model of services they feel they require. This report suggests that the military veteran community experience distinct barriers to accessing main stream health and wellbeing services. Alongside comorbidity issues, management of chronic physical conditions and social isolation, this report demonstrates that this cohort's own previous military conditioning forms a further barrier to accessing support services. This report contains recommendations to inform generic support staff when encountering veterans within health and wellbeing settings.

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