The Military Human: Understanding Military Culture and Transition Short course

This study day acknowledges that the combat experience of veterans may be very difficult to comprehend for some, so adopts a unique ‘military human’ experience approach to understanding military culture, ethos, values, sense of belonging and transition to civilian life.

A timeline following a new recruit through the emotional human journey is utilised, comparing ‘similarities’ and ‘differences’ between military and civilian life, the possible challenges of psychological, physical and emotional transition for some service leavers and their families, and issues around help seeking and stigma.

This course is part of the Military Human CPD Series.


This course is being delivered from our London Campus (Glasshouse Yard, Barbican Area) on Wednesday 17th July 2019. Visit our London website to book your place.

York St John University
Course fees
York campus: £95 for fee paying individuals or free for those eligible for NHS funding. Please visit our fees and funding page to check your eligibility. London campus: £150
One-day study day
Wednesday 17 July 2019 (delivered at our London Campus - Glasshouse Yard, Barbican Area)
Course Leader
Nick Wood
Level and Credit:
Study Day

Book now - Wednesday 17 July 2019 (London Campus)

What will I learn?

This one day course will give you an in-depth understanding into the needs of this client group, provide you with a range of resources, and a tool kit to make your work with the Armed Forces Community (6.2 million of the UK population (Royal British Legion, 2014)) more effective and efficient by harnessing the wide range of free to access support services available.

  • You will be able to identify who this client group are.
  • You will have in-depth understanding of military culture and how this may impact on accessing services.
  • You will learn about the increasing legislation surrounding this client group.
  • Take away a pack of resources of support services and funding available for veterans and their families

Who should attend?

The Armed Forces Covenant has been signed by all the Local Authorities in the UK (including 3 in Northern Ireland) and is part of the NHS Constitution (NHS, CCG or commissioned Health and Social Care providers).

The study day is appropriate for anyone (first point of contact/practitioners/ service providers)who come into contact with members of the public, carry out assessments, interviews, face to face engagement , provides interventions or treatment options and who wants to access resources to give their clients/patients/service users/customers a better service or access priority healthcare treatment under the Armed Forces Covenant.

How will it benefit my work

  • It will give you a greater understanding of the issues facing ex Armed Forces personnel, Reservists or Dependants
  • It will show you the resources and support services available, including a pack of resources to take away.
  • You will be able to provide a more effective service to this client group
  • Access free bespoke support services (health and community), providing cost effective and quality services available to veterans and their families
  • Because of the resources you will be given you will quickly know where to find help
  • Improve the management of waiting lists and access to bespoke services for veterans, especially around serve related injuries or issues
  • Be able to demonstrate meeting the growing legislation for working with this client group and a commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant and NHS Constitution.

Contact Us

Contact us to request for this course to be delivered offsite to your organisation or team:


T: 01904 876506 or 876825

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

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Fees and funding

£95 for fee paying individuals or free for those eligible for NHS funding. Please visit our fees and funding page to check your eligibility.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 / 20


Overseas 2019 / 20

Course leader biographies

Nick Wood, Education and Development Lead at York St John University

Nick served in the Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm) and saw active service during the Falklands War in 1982. In 2010 he was awarded the Butler Trust HRH Princess Royal Award for services to Veterans following the development and national roll out of the Veterans In Custody Support model for the National Offender Management Services. The model includes the identification ‘Ask the Question’ process which was shared with NHS services.

Following the on-going success of the Veterans Awareness CPD, Nick was invited to attend the Forces In Mind Trust 2 day consultation at St Georges House Windsor to discuss the issues around ‘Transition’ to civilian life for Service Leavers. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Anglia Ruskin University Veterans and Families Institute contributing to their MSc Veterans and Families Studies and is part of the NHS England Liaison and Diversion project pilot board in Wakefield incorporating the identification of ex-Armed Forces people into the pathway model.

Nick sits on the national SSAFA Prison In Reach Focus Group and has been invited to be part of the newly formed COBSEO (cluster group) Veterans in the Criminal Justice System. In his YSJU role he assists the NHS Armed Forces Commissioning and Network groups, MoD Yorkshire & Humber VAPC and numerous Local Authorities to take their Covenant, strategic and supportive agendas forward.

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