Supporting the Armed Forces

We are proud to support our Armed Forces.

We support both current employees who are part of the reservists, and potential employees who are currently serving or have just completed their service and are looking forward to their next career. 

In August 2019, we were awarded a Silver Award in the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme which shows our on-going commitment to our reservists and flexibility towards annual training commitments and mobilisation of reservist employees. 

ERSA silver award

Photo: Phillp Marshall - Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Carine Horsburgh -  Team Leader, Trauma and Orthopaedics and Ellie Valentine - Assistant Director of Workforce and Organisational Development and Armed Forces Employment Champion at the Trust. 

Our Chief Executive recently re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant and pledged additional support, to armed forces personnel, by signing the Step into Health covenant. 

Developed in conjunction with The Royal Foundation and Walking with the Wounded, Step into Health provides a dedicated pathway for the Armed Forces community to access the numerous career opportunities available in the NHS as part of their transition into civilian life following military service.

Through the Armed Forces covenant the Trust has made pledges to all military personnel (including veterans) regarding access to its services and employment.

We are also working towards our accreditation as a Veteran Aware hospital. This means that patients who have served in the UK Armed Forces will be cared for by frontline staff who have received training and education on their specific needs, such as around mental health, and can signpost them to local support services.