The Trust has been recognised for its work in supporting employees who are military reservists.
The Trust was given a Gold Award from the Defence Employers Recognition Scheme (ERS) for supporting defence and the armed forces.
The Defence ERS encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. It encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
The Trust signed the Armed Forces Covenant in March 2015, pledging to support the armed forces community and recognise the value that serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families contribute to our Country.
Previously, the Trust has supported a number of reservist employees to be deployed across the armed forces, and has supported their transition back in to the Trust upon their return.
The Trust is delighted to receive this award and be recognised for our long-standing commitment to support reservists and the families of those serving.
Reservists bring with them a wealth of experience and skills. As an organisation we are required to be safe, effective, caring, responsive and well lead. The training that reservists receive aligns strongly with these defining principles and also provides them with real resilience and an ability to work in, and lead, teams. All this helps to support us in delivering outstanding care and great outcomes for our patients and service users.
We will continue to support our reservists for these important reasons.
- Dean Fathers, Chair
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) received 62 nominations for this year’s Gold Award. The Trust is one of 22 winners and the only winner from the East Midlands.
The Gold Award will be presented during a ceremony in London, in October.