A Glasgow nurse has been honoured for his work with military veterans after being invited to Her Majesties Garden Party.
Cameron Harris is a staff nurse at Leverndale Hospital but also does volunteering work providing social and welfare help to vulnerable military veterans.
Cameron wanted to extend his volunteer role with the charity into his NHS work and as
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant that no military veteran will be disadvantaged by their service in the armed forces, he established an education and information network for NHSGGC staff which raised awareness of what help was available for Veterans and their families.
He presented to a range of staff groups including nurses, GPs, psychiatrists and psychologists on the need to ask veterans the question ‘Have You Served in Armed Forces’. By identifying a veteran’s status NHSGGC staff could then direct them to the multitude of help available.
Cameron has already presented to around 700 staff and had positive feedback from all the staff groups.
He said: “The aim of my work is to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant that no Veteran will be disadvantaged by their service in the Armed Forces and presenting to NHSGGC staff with information that helps them signpost veterans towards appropriate support will hopefully have a positive effect on their health and wellbeing.
“This work is very important to me and I was honoured to have been invited to Her Majesty’s Garden Party last week with my wife for my charity work. It was a great experience seeing Her Majesty, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Princess Anne and the First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon."
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Pic: Alex with his wife at last week’s royal garden party.