Health and Wellbeing of UK Armed Forces Personnel: A Cohort Study
Principal Investigators: Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Professor Emeritus Christopher Dandeker, Professor Matthew Hotopf, Professor Roberto Rona and Professor Nicola Fear
Project Manager: Ms Lisa Hull
Our flagship study is a large-scale ongoing investigation of the physical and psychological health and wellbeing of UK Armed Forces personnel.
When it started in 2003, the main aim of the study was to look at the health of those who had deployed to Iraq on Op TELIC. Since then, the study has been expanded to also look at the possible effects of deploying to Afghanistan on Op HERRICK. However, the study is not just about deployment – it is also an opportunity to look at issues that are relevant to the Armed Forces in general, and how people do once they leave Service. Indeed, the study includes those that have left Service since the study began as well as those who are still serving. It also includes personnel from all three Services, as well as regulars and reservists. Around 16000 have taken part in the study since it began.
The study is now in ‘phase 3’, where we are continuing to analyse the information we have collected.