Non-urgent advice: Dr Stephenson & Partners is an accredited Veteran Friendly GP Practice

We are proud to support our Armed Forces Community. As a Veteran Friendly GP Practice we:

– Have a clinical lead for Veteran Health [Caroline Duncan & Dr Jon Sumner]

– Ask patients ‘Have you served?’ to identify Veteran Patients

– Undertake specialist training to meet the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant

If you are a Veteran Patient, please let us know that you have served so that we can make sure that we understand your health needs. Nearly 1,100 practice are now Veteran Friendly Accredited. to find out more about the Veteran Friendly Practice Accreditation Scheme, visit:

The Veteran Friendly Practice Accreditation Scheme is run by the Royal College of General Practitioners in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement.


We are conscious that some patients registered at Dr Stephenson & Partners may be affected by current events in Afghanistan.

Dr Stephenson & Partners is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners as one which specialises in the care of military veterans and their families.

All the team have been trained in the care of military veterans and their families. If recent events have affected you and you wish to seek help, please come forward.

This week’s Veterans in Crisis Podcast was Dr Yitka Graham

Contact Details for Veterans in Crisis

Ger and his team can help support veterans and their families on many issues. Benefits, social isolation, they also have a counsellor who sees veterans each week in the ERV with a very short waiting list.

They also have good links with the TILS team.

Weekly podcasts are on youtube and facebook. This week was Dr Yitka Graham from Sunderland University.  She has been doing research with Sunderland Veterans and gives an insight as to how social isolation has been tackled.

Veteran’s Champions

Dr Stephenson and Partners have Veteran’s Champions at the Practice, Mrs Caroline Duncan and Dr Jon Sumner. If you are a veteran please let our reception team know so that we are able to add your name to our Veteran Register, this will enable us to ensure we keep you informed of help available and support you and your family through the Healthcare system.

Our Armed Forces Champions will offer advice and support and will be able to signpost our military community to the services they may require. 

Please let the practice know if you have served in the Armed Forces as a Regular, Reservist or Adult Volunteer Cadet. We have a pack that you can collect from our reception.

The practice works with Sunderland CCG Armed Forces Leads and Veterans in Crisis Sunderland to ensure those who have served, or currently serving, in the military have access to information across the city on services and support that is available.

Gold Award from the HSJ Awards 2019

The City of Sunderland achieved the GOLD Award from the HSJ Awards 2019: Military and Civilian Health Partnership Award.

Caroline, our Veteran’s Champion, was chosen to attend the Award Ceremony.

Well done Sunderland CCG and all practices in the City.

PPG Veteran Cake Sale

Our PPG and the Team at Dr Stephenson raised £329.30 on Friday 8th November 2019 selling cakes to support Sunderland Veterans in Crisis.

Thank you to all patients who supported this worthy cause.

Veterans in Crisis, Sunderland:

Telephone Number07398 916 590
[email protected]

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Are we offering you the support you need?

Please let the Practice Manager know if we can do anything differently.
Please see the first e-newsletter we have received in practice that may be of help.

Help for Heroes: Hidden Wounds Psychological Wellbeing Service

Visit the website for more information on what services are offered.

If you need help and support, please ring: 0198 084 4300
[email protected]

Veterans in Crisis Newsletters

The Gen May 2020

Monthly Newsletter: Issue 001

This newsletter is aimed at the community of veterans and their families in Sunderland. We hope you enjoy it!

Please contact us if you would like to comment on any of the items in these pages. We are planning to issue it every month, get in touch if there is anything you would like to contribute to the next edition.

Email[email protected]

Or call Ger or Claire on 0191 5671878

Let’s have a peek at what’s in this issue:

  • We did it! – Everyone knows that VICS’ headquarters in the ERV in Roker. What you may not know is that we are tenants of the building: it is owned by our training partners, Springboard North East…
  • ERV – Army veterans will know this, but for everyone else’s benefit ERV stands for ‘Emergency Rendezvous’. This is the place designated before troops go out on patrol, if anything goes wrong, everybody heads for the ERV where they know they’ll be well looked after…
  • All rise! – VICS has had many supporters since we started, and we are grateful to you all. There’s one that deserves special mention though, – Greggs the Baker. They have gifted us pies, pasties, cakes and sandwiches every Tuesday for the drop-in…..
  • Funding News: We are delighted to announce that VICS has been awarded two grants from the Armed Forces Covenant. We are delighted because they will secure the work of VICS for the next two years…
  • Sunderland Together:  The Sunderland football community has come together for a very special fundraising initiative to support four local good causes playing their part to protect the most vulnerable during the COVID-19…

There’s so much more… click above and download the full Newsletter.