The first UHNM Military Community Club Inaugural get-together was held at Nightingales restaurant at County Hospital last month, which was organised by armed forces veterans from UHNM. The get-together was open to staff members who that have served in the armed forces along with their spouses and dependants and reservists. The aim of the Breakfast club was to gather ideas and thoughts from the armed forces community at the hospitals.
UHNM recognises the values that the Armed forces community bring to the Trust and they actively support applications for jobs from the Armed forces Community. The Learning Education and Widening Participation team were in attendance to offer advice on fully funded training qualifications.
David Smith, previously a logistician, who is now a Trust Health and Safety Advisor discussed his transition from the military to the NHS. He said: "After leaving the Army in 2011, I had a massive change in heart in what I wanted to do. I wanted to help people as this is something that gave me great joy when working on humanitarian missions worldwide. At UHNM my previous military training and skills are recognised and constantly put to use, as the NHS has many career opportunities on offer to military veterans and their families who possess the right skills, knowledge and share the same values and standards. Whatever trade route is chosen within the military may also benefit the NHS."
In 2017 UHNM signed the Armed Forces Covenant, which is aimed at promoting fair treatment for the Armed Forces community, removing disadvantage and ensuring that they get the same access to services as the civilian community. The Covenant also sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the Armed Forces and recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to members of the Armed Forces and their families. The Trust also achieved the silver award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) in 2017, the scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.
If you would like any more information or would like to be part of UHNM's Armed forces community please get in touch with: Aimee.Carter@uhnm.nhs.uk and look out for upcoming dates of the next UHNM Military Community Club meeting.