Nottinghamshire Healthcare has been recognised for its work in supporting employees who are military reservists.
The Trust was given a Gold Award revalidation from the Ministry of Defence Employers Recognition Scheme for supporting defence and the armed forces. The Trust first received the Gold Award in 2016.
The Ministry of Defence Employers Recognition Scheme 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 re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant in June, pledging to support the armed forces community and recognise the value that serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families contribute to the Country.
Previously, the Trust has supported a number of reservist employees to be deployed across the armed forces and has supported their transition back into the Trust upon their return. The Trust works in partnership with NHS Employers Step into Health programme. Step into Health offers an access route into employment and other career development opportunities within the NHS to members of the armed forces community.
Dr John Brewin, Chief Executive, said –
“I am absolutely delighted with this latest recognition of our continued support for employing reservists, veterans, cadet adult volunteers and members of the armed forces families, and our commitment to ensure staff and their families are treated fairly. Our policies also reflect the flexibilities for staff that are called into full time service to support them to adjust to deployment before, during and after.”
The Trust was one of only 140 organisations to receive the Gold Award. It will be presented during a ceremony in Leeds, in November.