In August 2017 the Trust was delighted to have its MoD Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award reconfirmed for the second time.
The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
As a silver award holder the Trust has undertaken the following commitments:
•Sign the Armed Forces Covenant.
•Demonstrate support for service personnel issues and employ at least one member of the armed forces community.
•Actively communicate and uphold a positive stance to their employees via established human resources policies and procedures.
•Show 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.
The Trust encourages staff to complete the NHS healthcare for the armed forces: care of veterans e-learning training package.