The Chief Executive of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has recently re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant and pledged additional support by signing the Step into Health covenant.
Developed in conjunction with The Royal Foundation and Walking with the Wounded, Step into Health provides a dedicated pathway for the Armed Forces community to access the numerous career opportunities available in the NHS as part of their transition into civilian life following military service.
Through the Armed Forces covenant the Trust has made pledges to all military personnel (including veterans) regarding access to its services and employment.
Signing these covenants demonstrates the commitment the Trust has made to support armed forces personnel, reservists and veterans into a career within the NHS, and throughout their employment. It is also part of the Trust’s journey to becoming a Veterans Aware Hospital.
Ellie Valentine, Assistant Director of Workforce and Organisational Development and Armed Forces Employment Champion at the Trust, explains: “Step into Health is a national programme which creates a superb mechanism for trusts to engage with potential employees in the armed forces.
“Through the programme we’re able to advertise posts directly to them. We’re also able to support individuals to apply for roles by signposting them to career opportunities and other helpful information. Most importantly, by having a named contact for our trust, we can help individuals address and overcome some of the practical barriers of moving from military employment to health employment.”
So far Mid Yorkshire has directly supported five individuals considering their career options and roles within the Trust and has done work to raise the profile of apprenticeships to ‘early service leavers.’
Ellie continued: “The Armed Forces are founded on the same values as our Trust values and those engaged in military roles gain skills and experience which are very relevant for many of the roles in a healthcare environment.”
The Trust will be further demonstrating its support by celebrating Reservists Day on 26 June. All reservist personnel are encouraged to wear their uniform to work to help raise awareness and, along with veterans, will receive a free breakfast or lunch.
Representatives from the Trust will also be attending the Armed Forces Day event at Pontefract Racecourse on 6 July. They will be showcasing the roles on offer at the Trust and offering advice to potential applicants as well as chatting to veterans and reservists about their experience as a patient with the Trust.
To find out more about Step into Health visit www.militarystepintohealth.nhs.uk and to find out more about the Trust’s Forces Friendly workforce agenda please contact Assistant Director of Workforce and Organisational Development Ellie Valentine email@example.com