NEWS

DECEMBER 4TH 2017

Derbyshire NHS Trust signs the Armed Forces Covenant

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Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Jenkins, Commanding Officer of 162 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps and Prem Singh, Chairman of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust signing the Covenant

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust publicly demonstrated support of the Armed Forces Community last week by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

The signing took place at Belper Town Football Club on 30 November. Prem Singh, Chairman of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, and Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Jenkins, Commanding Officer of 162 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, put their signatures to the declaration at the special ceremony.

As well as signing the Covenant, the Trust has also introduced three weeks’ paid leave for reservists to carry out their Armed Forces duties, as part of showing its commitment to employing Armed Forces personnel past and present.

Three serving Army reservists who hold day jobs within Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, as well as former soldiers now employed by the Trust in civilian life, were present to witness the signing during the Trust’s public board meeting.

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Christine Ongoma, JohnWilson, ChrisSands, WayneKing, Prem Singh and Lt Col Duncan Jenkins pictured at the signing event

Prem Singh said: “We are delighted to make this public commitment to our Armed Forces in recognition of everything they do to keep us safe every day. There’s a huge skill set which people develop as reservists and which the NHS can benefit from in return if we support people to take up the opportunities which are out there. We are looking at how we can support our reservists and how can we attract more colleagues to consider becoming reservists.”

Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Jenkins explained: “Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust is a leading light, not just in Derbyshire, but nationally in terms of the support shown to reservists.”

He said there were lots of opportunities open to people as reservists, not just clinical, and in areas which might be very different from a person’s everyday profession or role.

Army reservist Captain Christine Ongoma is a trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner, now based in Belper, and is a former Community Matron in Derby. She is also the appointed Reserve Workforce Champion for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust.

Serving as a reservist since 2009 whilst also developing her NHS clinical career, Christine commented: “The values and standards you are taught in the Army are not something you switch on and off. They live with you. It’s about courage, loyalty, commitment and team work. These are principles which can be applied every day in the workplace too.”

Major Claire Gill is a NHS Advanced Nurse Practitioner in north Derbyshire and has also served as a reservist for 14 years, including being on exercise in Kenya. She explained: “This is another career for us. It isn’t just a hobby. I hope we can help people to understand what we do and why we do it.”

Find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant here 

"We are delighted to make this public commitment to our Armed Forces in recognition of everything they do to keep us safe every day."