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Wounded, Injured or Sick: A call for participants

Jo Fitton-Bates
By Jo Fitton-Bates
October 25, 2019
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This is a research project by the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Salford, on the experiences of those who have been, or are in the process of being, discharged from the military as physically Wounded Injured or Sick (WIS) since 2012

Understanding the transition to civilian life for ex-Service personnel with physical conditions as a direct result of service or acquired whilst in service

What is the research about?

Being wounded, injured or sick within military service and making the transition from service to civilian life may raise several challenges. This study aims to understand these challenges and the support that is available both during and post transition for those discharged initially with a physical injury or illness. We want to hear from people who are either in the process or have been discharged from the UK military for being physically wounded, injured or sick (WIS), in transition since 2012.

To do this we are carrying out interviews with 50 individuals from across the UK over the next two years. We are also conducting interviews with stakeholders and support agencies.

What am I being asked to do?

You may be interviewed up to a total of two times, with around 9-12 months in between each interview. The interviews will take place in your own area at a time suitable for you by a trained University researcher. We will ask you about your experiences of making the transition to civilian life as someone categorised as wounded, injured or sick. We will record the interview with your permission.

Each interview will last about an hour. You do not have to talk about anything you don’t want to discuss, and you can withdraw from the research at any time. Everything you say will be treated in confidence. Your name will not be used in any published reports and we will not pass your details on to anybody else. We will also keep you informed about the research findings.

Who is doing the research?

The research is funded by the Forces in Mind Trust, and is being conducted by independent researchers from the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Salford.

Will I get paid?

As a thank you for taking part you will receive a £20 shopping voucher for each interview. You will get this voucher on the day that you are interviewed.

How do I take part?

If you want to take part in the research, please sign up at this link:

If you have any questions about the research or want to know more about taking part, then please contact Dr Celia Hynes on 01772 894039 / or Dr Cormac Lawler on 0161 2950146 /

General information on the research can be found on the Forces in Mind Website:

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