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November 9th 2015

Midlands hospital signs the Corporate Covenant

The East Midlands hospital with the country’s busiest Accident and Emergency department has signed up to the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

The University Hospitals of Leicester National Health Trust put pen to paper through their Chairman Mr Karamjit Singh CBE along with Brigadier Peter Gilbert, Deputy Director of the Army Medical Services at a ceremony held at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The ceremony was also attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Jennifer Gretton, the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Laurence Howard OBE and the Commanding Officer of 2 Medical Regiment Lieutenant Colonel Graham Johnson, who deployed to Afghanistan to command the Close Support Medical Regiment for Operation Herrick in 2013.

Mr Singh said the signing represented an important step forward by formally recognising the contribution the Armed Forces make. He said: “It gives me great pleasure to recognise the contribution they can give in acute services. It really is an issue we should be recognising as a hospital and the contribution they make in the community. We can all benefit hugely from their skills.”

The covenant will build on the strong ties already established between Leicester’s Hospitals and the Armed Forces following the clinical placement of service personnel with doctors and nurses working in the hospitals Accident and Emergency Department.

Two combat medical technicians and a Staff Sergeant Registered Nurse from 2 Medical Regiment based at St Georges Barracks, North Luffenham, Rutland have started working with a team of experienced clinical staff at the hospital. The military personnel who have operational experience will be developing their specialist clinical skills and knowledge in intensive and emergency care within a hospital environment.

Lieutenant Colonel Graham Johnson, Commanding Officer 2 Medical Regiment said: “The fantastic agreement with 2 Medical Regiment , which has a mix of regular and reserves, highlights the integration and cooperation between the military and the hospital where we are receiving the training benefits of the hospital. It is a model for the future.”

Leicester’s Hospitals Trust Board has nominated a Non-Executive Director Colonel (Retired) Ian Crowe as the Board’s Armed Forces Champion, ensuring that engagement is embedded at the highest levels of the Trust.

“The fantastic agreement with 2 Medical Regiment , which has a mix of regular and reserves, highlights the integration and cooperation between the military and the hospital where we are receiving the training benefits of the hospital. It is a model for the future.”