Tuesday, 10 April 2018 20:15

Stand Easy: An evaluation of the acceptability and effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder for veterans in Norfolk - Edward Fraser

Ed Fraser is a researcher for Healthwatch Norfolk, which is the independent and statutory representative for people using health and care services in Norfolk. A member of The Health Foundation’s “Q Community” for leaders in health and care improvement, Ed specialises in public involvement in research and is particularly interested in translating evidence into tangible improvements in services for patients and families. Since October 2014, Ed has been researching the health and wellbeing needs of veterans from the British Armed Forces. His two-year qualitative study into veterans’ experiences of NHS mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk was published in the Journal of Public Mental Health (Volume 16; Issue 1) and he is currently co-authoring a chapter on military psychology for a landmark Palgrave book about masculine psychology (upcoming, 2018). Over the last three years, veterans and families have helped Ed to deliver 23 service improvements. His work has received three national awards, including an NHS England “Celebrating Participation in Healthcare” grant in 2016. More generally, Ed is a passionate advocate for people living with mental health conditions and he promotes the parity of esteem agenda through his active membership on a number of mental health networks across the country.