I am delighted to be speaking at a conference on the health and wellbeing of military veterans next month.
Hosted by the University of Chester’s Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’ Wellbeing, the event will take place on Thursday, October 5 in Churchill House at the university’s Queen’s Park campus.
The keynote presenter will be Sir Simon Wessely, a Regius Professor of psychiatry and co-director of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research and Academic Department of Military Health in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College, London.
Sir Simon is the civilian consultant advisor in psychiatry to the British Army and a trustee of Combat Stress, the veterans’ mental health charity.
Other presenters include: Dr Jonathan Leach, chair of the NHS England Armed Forces and their Families Clinical Reference Group; and MP for Chester Chris Matheson.
The event will also feature a question time session chaired by Dr Peter Carter OBE who was the chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing from January 2007 to August 2015.
The panel will include Brigadier Robin Simpson OStJ, the Dean of the Defence Medical Services; Colonel Phil Harrison, Regional Commander, North West England; and Major Bev Sharpe, general adult consultant psychiatrist within the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.