May 2016

NFF / 2016 / May

On Friday 20 May, we formally launched our new strategy and website at Navy Command Headquarters in Portsmouth. More than 500 Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel came to show their support for Royal Navy and Royal Marines’ families.   The Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Penny...

It’s important to register an additional need and /or disability with the chain of command, so that they are aware that your family may require extra support sometimes. There are a number of organisations that can assist you or offer you support such as the...

SSAFA Forces Help SSAFA run a support group for Bereaved Families offering an opportunity to meet and talk to other who have lost a loved one who was serving in the Armed Forces. Find out more here. Families' Activity Breaks (FAB) is a non-public funded, tri...

The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT) The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust provides wide ranging financial assistance to serving and ex-serving Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their dependants. Where there is a need they can issue grants to assist in a very wide variety of...

NHS England has updated their commissioning policy for Armed Forces families outlining the pathway and criteria for you to access assisted reproduction methods such as IVF and Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). Read more

This new policy will prevent some of the issues that couples were facing due to mobility and accessing treatment. The policy states that:

  • Women aged under 40 years should be offered three full cycles of NHS funded IVF
  • Women aged 40–42 years should be offered one full cycle of NHS funded IVF

The IVF treatment criteria are as follows:

  • One partner should be serving and registered with a Defence Medical Services (DMS) practice
  • The female partner must be under 43 years
  • The female Body Mass Index (BMI) should be over 19 but under 30
  • The male BMI should be under 30
  • No living children from the current relationship including adopted children but excluding fostered children
  • No children from previous relationships
  • Non-smokers
  • Written consent is required from both partners
  • Neither partner should have been sterilised.

For more information or to download a copy of the new commissioning policy, click here. 

For a copy of the application form click here. 

Northern Ireland

Forces families who are considering adopting a child can access specialist support from national military charity SSAFA, formerly known as the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Families Association. SSAFA runs the only national adoption agency catering specifically for members of the Armed Forces and hopes this...

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Major General Richard Nugee has been promoted to Lieutenant General and appointed Chief of Defence People. Secretary of State Michael Fallon, Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton and Permanent Secretary Stephen Lovegrove have congratulated Major General Nugee on his appointment. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “This...

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is the Ministry of Defence working with Right Management. If you decide to leave the Armed Forces at any rank, you can benefit from resettlement support, career transition advice and training opportunities. Please find out more here.  ...