Military Veterans' Service (MVS)
We are a specialist psychological therapies service, for British armed forces veterans across Greater Manchester and Lancashire. We are a locally commissioned service hosted by Pennine Care.

Our team is overseen by a consultant clinical psychologist and includes: Clinical psychologists, cognitive behavioural therapists, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) practitioners, cognitive analytic therapy therapists (CAT), psychological wellbeing practitioners, a substance misuse worker and employment placement support workers.

Veteran Aware.pngAll of our team understand armed forces culture.

We appreciate that some veterans find it difficult to access support so, as a way to improve the service and build confidence, we ensure that a number of our staff are veterans themselves - or have family members in the forces.

We also work alongside a number of veterans who have been through our service to help us to continually improve the MVS.

We can support any ex-service personnel, if you are experiencing mental health difficulties related to your time in the military; if otherwise you've not had your needs met elsewhere and are prohibited from accessing mainstream services.

We offer a range of evidence-based treatments, for a number of difficulties that may have arisen from serving in the armed forces. This includes:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress symptoms
  • Alcohol and substance issues
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Anger problems

Referrals to the Military Veterans Service are made through Transition Intervention and Liaison Service known as TILS .  

TILS is the single point of access service for Military Veterans across England wishing to access mental health support. The function of TILS is to give support and advice, and link veterans into the most appropriate service/treatment as quickly as possible. 

You can call us directly on 0300 323 0707 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Self referrals

You, or a family member, can make a referral via our simple online referral form. (Please note this form is not for professionals making a referral).

Professionals making a referral

GPs, health and social care professionals should download and post or email our referral form. Click here for a copy.

Email: the.mvs@nhs.net

Support during covid

We're working hard so we can keep supporting you through these difficult and uncertain times. Currently we are continuing to offer interventions and support via telephone and video.

We're finding that therapy over video is proving successful. Mark has shared this short video talking about how helpful he has found it:

We work closely with a range of statutory services and with a range of national and local charities. This partnership working supports engagement and relapse prevention.

For more information about this and other support in Manchester or Lancashire, please click the partnership working tab on our landing page.

Walking with the Wounded

We are in partnership with Walking with the Wounded and employ individual placement support workers in our team. These work alongside us to support veterans who have been in receipt of mental health treatment to get back into work. Click here for more info

We have set up another page with frequently asked questions (FAQs) about our services, including:

  • Can I get priority treatment?
  • Can you give me a diagnosis?
  • Can you provide financial help?
  • Can I bring someone to my appointment?
  • Suspected war crimes?
  • Will you prescribe medication?
  • Can I take part in research?

Click here for our FAQs page.

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