University Hospitals of North Midlands are going for gold in a Ministry of Defence scheme by helping to support the UK armed forces personnel through various schemes available at the Trust.
UHNM 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 and the Trust is now working towards the gold ERS award.
To help achieve this 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 Trust has also signed up to 'Step into Health' national programme to help all ex-armed service personnel, veterans and their spouse/partner to join the NHS. The Step into Health programme has been created because the NHS recognises the transferable skills and cultural values that Armed Forces personnel develop when serving, and how they are compatible with those required within NHS roles.
Liz Rix, Chief Nurse, said: "The UHNM family are committed to working together with the Armed Forces community to help serving members and veterans. We have a very positive, long-standing relationship with the Ministry of Defence and we currently have a number of staff who are either reservists or veterans.