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September 6th 2016

NHS organisations thank employees for their Reserve Service

Those that attended the special dinner.

NHS employees who spend their spare time volunteering with the Armed Forces Reserves were honoured at a special dinner last night (5 September).

The event was organised by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) at their Queen’s Medical Centre and was attended by Reservists who work for the Trust at Nottingham City Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre, together with Reservists who are employed by other local NHS organisations.

The dinner celebrated Reserves Day later this week and provided an opportunity to thank NHS employees for their commitment to military training and for their support to the nation’s Defence capability. The Trust also acknowledged the transferable skills such as leadership, management and team work that Reservists develop through their military training and bring to their civilian workplace.

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director, said: “Events such as this allow Reservist colleagues to meet each other, and for NHS representatives to gain a better understanding of the Reserve Forces and how they can support Reservists’ needs in terms of meeting their training and mobilisation commitments. Reserves Day is taking place later this week (8 September) so the dinner was ideally timed to celebrate reserve service and highlight the positive contribution individuals can bring to an organisation.”

Dr Peter Homa, Chief Executive of NUH, said: “NUH has a long track record of actively supporting the recruitment of Reservists. We recognise the unique contribution that those who combine a career in the NHS and the Reserves can bring to an acute hospital.

“The annual dinner that we host for our reservist staff members and their chosen guests is always a very humbling experience. It is a great pleasure to speak with colleagues who have made the very special commitment to serve their country. On an ongoing basis we also support our reservists with time off to fulfil their training commitments and to take part in any nationally promoted awareness campaigns.  Colleagues also meet with the local regional campaign director to keep abreast of new developments.

“To further improve our commitment as a reservist friendly employer, this year we are creating a web page link from our online vacancy page so that potential applicants can click to see what support they can expect. We will also be adopting the model reservist policy which has recently been published by NHS Employers, and one of our current reservists has this year been working with our HR team to enhance our knowledge of how best to attract new recruits.”

“Events such as this allow Reservist colleagues to meet each other, and for NHS representatives to gain a better understanding of the Reserve Forces and how they can support Reservists’ needs in terms of meeting their training and mobilisation commitments. "