NEWS

FEBRUARY 10TH 2017

Leicester Hospitals Trust enjoy a team-building day with the Army Reserve

Representatives from 203 Sqn with staff from the University Hospitals of Leicester

Representatives from 203 Sqn with staff from the University Hospitals of Leicester

A Leicestershire based Hospital Trust have enjoyed a team building day with a difference, thanks to the Army Reserve.

The University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust joined forces with 158 Regiment’s, 203 (Loughborough) Transport Squadron (Sqn), to attend a military themed activity day aimed at building colleagues team-working and communication skills.

The event took place at Kendrew Barracks in Cottesmore on Wednesday 8 February, and included 14 staff members from the Trust’s Supply and Procurement Team.

Jeff Oliver, Inventory and Supplies Manager at UHL, helped to organise the event. He said: “We wanted to organise an away day for our staff that would be completely different to anything we had done before. We wanted to step away from the clinical environment and do something that many of us would not have experienced before.

“203 Sqn were very supportive in helping us to meet our objectives and welcomed the opportunity to build further links with us as one of their neighbouring Trusts.”

Learning about vehicles used by the Armed Forces

Learning about vehicles used by the Armed Forces

The event was designed to allow attendees to take a look at ‘Army Life’, and allow them to participate in activities often undertaken by reservists.

The six-hour event, saw Trust staff learn how to construct a shelter, how to cook in the field using Army ration packs and how to use First Aid skills in different environments.

Attendees also got the chance to learn about chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear personal protective equipment used by the Army.

Captain Ben Wing from 203 Sqn, worked with the Trust to set-up this unique visit, he said: “The day was rounded off with everyone putting what they had learnt through the day in to action through partaking in a team challenge. Each of the activities were designed to build individuals’ leadership and management skills, and give them an insight into military life.

“203 Sqn organised a similar event last year for another local organisation, so it is great that we have been able to link up with the NHS on this occasion to allow them to experience an away day with a difference.”

“203 Sqn were very supportive in helping us to meet our objectives and welcomed the opportunity to build further links with us as one of their neighbouring Trusts.”