The Medical Assessment Programme (MAP) for Ex-Service Personnel

The Medical Assessment Programme (MAP) was established in July 1993 to examine UK Gulf veterans who were concerned that their health had been adversely affected by service in the 1990/1991 Gulf Conflict.  Defence Ministers have extended the role of the MAP in recent years to other groups of ex-service personnel so that they too may benefit from the knowledge and skills developed in assessing veterans with physical or mental health concerns.  Veterans who fullfill the following criteria for eligibility and feel they would benefit from seeing a consultant with a military background should seek a referral via their GP to the MAP.

The MAP offers a General Medical Examination for veterans of:

  • The 1990/1991 Gulf War
  • Iraq (Operation TELIC)
  • Afghanistan (Operation HERRICK)
  • Porton Down Studies

A Mental Health Examination for ex-service personnel with operational service since 1982 (including veterans of the Falklands Conflict)

The purpose of the MAP is:

  • To assess, and attempt to understand, the physical and psychological difficulties experienced by ex-Service personnel presenting to the service
  • To provide advice to individuals and health professionals about the mental and physical health of veterans in their care
  • Where possible, to provide diagnoses and management strategies for individuals and the medical and mental health professionals involved in their care
  • To collate anonymous statistical information as a resource for study of this population by authorized researchers who have obtained the appropriate ethical clearance. No information about named individuals is given to third parties without written consent from the individuals concerned

Please refer all cases to the following address:

DCMH Colchester
Merville Barracks
Red hall House
Freephone Helpline: 0800 0326258