Navy Social Worker Praised After Placement On Aircraft Carrier

One of the service's first qualified social workers has helped more than 70 personnel on HMS Prince of Wales by giving specialist support.

The Royal Navy has completed a second trial placement of having a social worker on board an aircraft carrier.

Chief Petty Officer Vic Glassey, is the service's first qualified social worker and has been giving support to the crew of HMS Prince of Wales since February.

In that time, the Queen Elizabeth-class warship has undergone sea trials as well as maintenance while alongside in Portsmouth.

More than 70 people have been given support during the placement and CPO Glassey said she can see a clear benefit to those on board.

"Confidentiality is paramount and I always offer to close my door, but I’ve noticed a change – people are saying it’s ok to leave the door open, as they don’t feel the need to hide the fact that they are accessing support," she said.

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 HMS Prince of Wales arrives in Portsmouth after Liverpool visit earlier this year (Picture: Royal Navy).

Before the most recent trial placement, the former naval medic sailed with HMS Queen Elizabeth during the carrier's deployment to the United States last Autumn, after the Naval Service Family and People Support team was asked to provide greater assistance to deployed ships.

Those helped directly and the command team on Prince of Wales have praised the placement as essential.

“I honestly believe that having [Royal Navy Welfare] on board can save lives," said one of those helped. 

"If something like depression gets too much or other underlying issues then things could get out of hand."

Cover image: Chief Petty Officer Vic Glassey (Picture: Royal Navy).