On Friday 11 November at 11am, our Trust welcomes you to join us via Facebook Live as we pause for two minutes to pay respects to our Armed Forces community, past and present.
The two-minutes’ silence will be led by our Deputy Chief Executive, Trudie Davies, and we invite you, wherever you are, to join us in silence to remember those who volunteered, served, fought, and died, all for the cause of freedom.
The Trust has pledged its support for the Armed Forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and pledged particular support to members of our workforce who are part of the Armed Forces community, being Gold level award holders for the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.
We established an Armed Forces Employee Network which provides a space for staff members and their families connected to the Armed Forces community to come together and share their experiences in support of one another, whilst offering a voice in shaping the employment experiences of their Armed Forces colleagues at work.
Eddie Hewitt, who served in the Royal Air Force for seven years, joined the Trust as a Cancer Tracker in August when he was pleasantly surprised to discover that we actively support current and veteran military personnel, as he found out about the Armed Forces Employee Network. Eddie said: "Working in the NHS is a great way to make a real difference to people's lives every day. And if I can also help military veterans with their resettlement and mental health challenges - even better.
"Almost overnight you lose a sense of purpose and your place in society. Then there's the practical things like finding employment and a place to live. Working for the NHS, I feel part of something bigger again, and with career progression and a support structure in place.
Eddie believes military veterans have a lot to offer an employer, saying:
"As well as discipline and a good work ethic, I think we are resourceful, flexible and possess leadership skills. And after some of the things you see and do during active service, you develop a strength of character and a can-do attitude."
Join us at 11am on Friday 11 November on our Trust’s Facebook page.