30 November 2018

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care visits RBLI

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, has seen first-hand Royal British Legion Industries’ integrated model of care for veterans as the charity looks to roll out the programme for the wider community.

Mr Hancock toured RBLI’s Aylesford headquarters and the charity’s on-site social enterprise, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, to meet ex-service personnel and people with disabilities at different stages of the charity’s STEP-IN programme.

RBLI, which was established in 1919 in to support British troops returning from the First World War, provides care, accommodation, training and employment services to veterans and people with disabilities.

The charity has a diverse range of service and facilities and offers the full care pathway – from fully independent accommodation to high dependency on its Kent village which houses more than 300 residents.

Through their STEP-IN programme, the charity helps individuals with multiple health needs and severe disabilities, providing them with a personalised plan, designed to assess their individual requirements, give them the tools to overcome challenges and move them towards greater independence.

Following the success of the programme, which was implemented last year, the charity is now looking to expand the model outside the veteran community.

Mr Hancock said: “I’m incredibly proud of our veterans and grateful for the service they’ve given for all of us. They deserve the very best physical and mental health services.

“This unique community offers fantastic support for our ex-service men and women, helping them not only manage their health conditions but overcome emotional and practical barriers to independence.”

Steve Sherry CMG OBE, Chief Executive of RBLI, said: “Over the past 100 years, RBLI has developed a truly unique community built upon an ethos of care. We recognise there is an immense national demand for integrated systems of care such as ours, which encompasses health, social care, welfare and employment in one single place to help individuals turn their lives around more quickly. 

“And we believe we have produced a pioneering model of care, which is both cost effective and replicable, and which can help individuals overcome multiple challenges at once.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support shown for our ambitions by the Secretary of State.”