The Bridge Centre becomes the first non-NHS provider to be named a Veterans Aware Organisation

Veterans Aware Organisation logoElysium Healthcare’s The Bridge Neurological Care Centre has been named a Veterans Aware Organisation in recognition of its commitment to improving care for veterans, reservists, members of the armed forces and their families.


The accreditation comes from the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Trust (VCHA), with our team from The Bridge accepting the award at their Silver Awards dinner earlier this month. Elysium Healthcare is now the first non-NHS provider to be accredited and one of 99
trusts/organisations to have been awarded the honour.


As a Veteran Aware Organisation, The Bridge Care Centre in Middlesbrough has committed to the VCHA’s key pledges in supporting the armed forces, including:

  • Ensuring that the armed forces community is never disadvantaged compared to other patients
  • Training relevant staff on veteran specific culture or needs
  • Making veterans, reservists and service families aware of appropriate charities or NHS services beneficial to them, such as mental health services or support with financial and/or benefit claims
  • Supporting the armed forces as an employer



James Bowman, Regional Lead at VCHA, commented: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Julie Haley, Iain Veitch and the team for all their hard work demonstrating your commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant and striving to deliver the best possible care to our veterans and the Armed Forces community that the centre works alongside.


“The formal accreditation as a Veteran Aware trust recognises your work in identifying and sharing best practice across the NHS and independent sector as an exemplar of the best standards of care for the Armed Forces community.”


The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.


The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.


The Bridge Care Centre provides specialist inpatient neurological rehabilitation and complex care for people with neurological illnesses, acquired brain and spinal cord injuries. The centre offers a range of care and rehabilitation pathways to suit the individual needs of those accessing their specialist services, including neurological physical and cognitive rehabilitation, palliative care and sensory assessment and complex care for patients with disorders of consciousness.