Support for the armed forces

The Trust is proud to work with the Armed Forces and has supported Reservists for a number of years, in the belief that this provides mutual benefit to both the individual and to the Trust through the invaluable, transferable skills they have acquired between their military and NHS roles.

Working with our Reservists

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust currently employ 21 Reservists, several of whom have been mobilised. The Trust has a dedicated HR Policy for Reservists providing additional paid leave of up to one week.

We run a civilian work placement scheme with Careers Transition Partnership and work closely with local charity Forward Assist to support veterans. We have a long term vision to actively increase the number of Reservists with local Tri-Service units attending Hospital Careers Days and the two Trust “Summertime Special” Opportunities events.

Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

In 2016 the Trust was awarded the Silver Award by the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, a further improvement on the 2015 Bronze Award, in recognition of its progressive approach to employing all members of the Armed Forces Community, Reservists and Veterans to its workforce.

The award recognises those employers who pledge support and demonstrate their commitment to the Armed Forces and take a positive stance towards existing or prospective employees who are members of the Armed Forces community.

This shows our ongoing commitment to our reservists and flexibility towards annual training commitments and mobilisation of reservist employees and support the employment of cadet instructors, armed forces veterans (including wounded, injured and sick) and military spouses/partners.

Working with local Reserved Forces

The Trust works with local Reserve Forces to provide opportunities to promote the role of a Reservist and to support their recruitment.

We recognise that medics in the forces are expected to handle the most demanding situations in a role that requires excellent clinical care, physical and mental fitness, courage, leadership, initiative and discipline. An ethos which is very much in line with our own. Reservists relish major demanding challenges with an unremitting ‘can do’ attitude, and are very often at the cutting edge of new developments and techniques – experiences which they bring back to the benefit of our patients.

We shall continue to work with our Armed Forces networks to support those leaving regular service into civilian work and benefit from the skills and experience they bring.

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