Tuesday 8th December 2020

Yesterday, we introduced you to the huge amount of research available to you, as a military family. Here we talk about key areas of research for Service families and how you can use it.

Health and wellbeing

As a Service person or family, you will be aware of the healthcare challenges presented by the mobile lifestyle, particularly if you are on a waiting list for treatment. If you are pursuing a case existing research and case studies may help support your argument.

We heavily promoted the NHS Improving Health and Wellbeing support for armed forces families in England survey which has just closed. It’s sole purpose is to ensure armed forces families are able to access local NHS services easily in all parts of England. Look out for the report and the recommendations made for improvements.

The Kings Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) is studying the impact of being a partner of a serving person on pregnancy – during and after pregnancy. We have been heavily involved in this study and of course our close links with the Forces in Mind Trust and the Military Coworking Network gives us access and opportunities to collaborate to continue to share knowledge and expand our evidence base. Take part in the study.

Research on Service children

As parents, there is nothing more precious to us than our children. There is a significant amount of research into the impact of military life on children and lots of work going on to make recommendations on how they can be better supported.

The Service Childrens Progression Alliance (SCiP) core focus is to improve the lives of Service children and they have developed an excellent Thriving Lives Toolkit. It is designed to help schools assess the support they offer to military children and something you might want to share with your child(ren)’s school.

It’s also good to know, the Directorate for Children and Young People (DCYP) have increased their emphasis on evidence-based policy, including a new focus on Early Years. Take a look at our Education pages for further information.

University studies

There are a number of Universities which have projects focused on military families, namely Anglia Ruskin, Bath Spa, Northumbria University Newcastle and Winchester University (associated with SCiP Alliance). the results of which may very well be of interest to you as a military family.

Finally, we are looking forward to working with Anglia Ruskin on a research project looking at the impact of mobility on the health of our military families – more on this next year!

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