June 13th 2014


A Nottinghamshire-based employer had the opportunity to visit Reservists training in Cyprus, as part of an employer engagement event.

David Whitaker, Head of Physiotherapy, at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust, was one of six employers who travelled to Cyprus to visit 225 Medical Regiment as they took part in a 15 day training exercise.

The employers taking part in the event spent two full days with soldiers on-the-ground learning about their military roles, the training they complete and what their latest exercise in Cyprus involved.

Each employer had at least one Reservist participating in the exercise, including one who works as a civilian at NUH.

Reflecting on his time in Cyprus David said: “It’s really impressive to see someone you work with every day in a completely different context, using a completely different skillset. I know Preet as a hospital physiotherapist, but in Cyprus she was Lieutenant Chandi, responsible for five trucks, 40 personnel and an impressive medical team. We’re more than happy to work with the Army to support her in the Reserves, as everybody benefits.”

David was invited on the visit to learn more about one of his employee’s roles as a Reservist. Lieutenant Harpreet Chandi, known as Preet to her colleagues, from 222 Medical Squadron, 225 (Scottish) Medical Regiment, is based in the Squadron’s Derby detachment, and works as a physiotherapist at NUH.

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional SaBRE Director, said: “The visit was considered by all participants to have been very successful. I have received excellent feedback about the visit with many commenting that it was a great opportunity to see the standard of training undertaken by their Reservists when they are away from the workplace.

“Reservists are dedicated and hardworking individuals who give up their spare time to help serve their country. In addition to some specific hard skills, the soft skills and attributes they develop through their military career, such as enhanced leadership, self-confidence and the ability to perform well under pressure, can be hugely beneficial to employers.”

The visit took place from 23 to 26 May 2014.