Specialist Employment Advice for Veterans

There are almost 5,000 working age veterans living in Gosport, many of whom are struggling to find or sustain work due to ongoing mental or physical health conditions. As part of a two-year NHS England funded pilot project, there is now a dedicated employment specialist from The Poppy Factory available to support registered ex-Forces patients with health conditions.

Lisa Battersby, who is working across primary care networks and other primary and secondary care services in Gosport, supports out of work ex-Forces patients during their journey into employment and beyond. She provides holistic one-to-one support to reduce barriers to employment from physical and/or mental health conditions or other social factors, helping people change their lives through sustainable and meaningful work.

“Stable employment is a major factor in maintaining good mental health, and is an important outcome for recovery for people with a mental health problem.” NHS Long Term Plan


  • Available to anyone who has served for one day or more in the Armed Forces or Reserves, and consider themselves to be wounded, injured, sick or disabled
  • A physical or mental health condition does not have to be attributed to Service
  • Unemployed and not accessing Career Transition Partnership assistance
  • We can also provide support for someone in employment that is unsustainable due to a physical or mental health condition, and are likely to become unemployed as a result


The Poppy Factory is an employment support charity with specialists based in communities across England and Wales. It supports wounded, injured and sick veterans throughout their into employment, no matter what challenges they face.

Its employment specialists have helped hundreds of veterans change their lives by starting new jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you are eligible you can be referred by your GP practice or you can self-refer vis this link https://www.poppyfactory.org/nhsregister/

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In a life-threatening emergency, call 999.


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