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Healthwatch Bucks wanted to hear about Buckinghamshire GP Practices experience of achieving Veteran Friendly (VF) accreditation to help them to work better with veterans in the future and encourage other Practices to also seek this accreditation.
Through engagement with the RCGP, they were able to find out which GPs in Buckinghamshire had already achieved their accreditation and who the VF lead was in that Practice. They developed a small online questionnaire and contacted each practice individually to ask them to complete it for us. They received responses from 10 GP practices of the 15 who were asked to complete it.
All felt it was easy or very easy to achieve accreditation. Most practices said it took up to 4 weeks to get accreditation.
Two out of the 10 practices said they had seen an increase in veterans asking to be flagged. Nine practices said it was easy or very easy to flag veterans on their IT system.
There were two recommendations about accreditation.