August 4th 2016

Gold award for NHS Trust

Dean Fathers

A Nottingham-based NHS Trust has been nationally recognised for the significant support it has shown to the Armed Forces Community.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health, intellectual disability and community healthcare services for people across the county, with its staff caring for around 190,000 people each year.

Currently employing five Reservists, the Trust recognises the many mutual benefits of employing military personnel, particularly in terms of the transferable skills they bring to the civilian workplace such as leadership, management, team working and organisational skills.

62 employers across the UK were nominated for a gold award, the highest in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Employer Recognition Scheme, but only 22 were selected as winners following a rigorous selection process.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is the only gold award winner in the East Midlands region for 2016.

Dean Fathers, Chair of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Trust is delighted to receive this award and be recognised for our long-standing commitment to support reservists and the families of those serving.

“Reservists bring with them a wealth of experience and skills. As an organisation we are required to be safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. The training reservists receive aligns strongly with these defining principles and also provides them with real resilience and an ability to work in and lead teams. All this helps to support us in delivering outstanding care and great outcomes for our patients and service users. We will continue to support our reservists for these important reasons.”

John Wilson, the MOD’s Regional Employer Engagement Director, supported the nomination for this award. He said: “The Trust has acted as advocates for Defence, signing the Armed Forces Covenant in March 2015 and pledging to support members of its staff who are reservists, service leavers and military families.

“Some of the Trust’s reservist employees have been mobilised and the organisation has always approached this in a positive way, focusing on the new medical experiences military personnel are often exposed to in operational theatres and supporting individuals in their transition back to the civilian workplace.

“I am delighted that Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has received this award; highly deserved public recognition for their very supportive approach to Defence personnel.”

A prestigious award ceremony is planned to take place in London later this year, where Gold award winners from across the country will be presented with their certificates.

“Reservists bring with them a wealth of experience and skills."