July 18th 2014


A Nottingham based employer has been awarded for supporting the Reserve Forces this week picking up their certificate at No. 10 Downing Street on Thursday 17 July.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, who currently employs approximately 29 Reservists across both the City Hospital and Queens Medical Centre sites, received the Employer Recognition Scheme award for exemplar support for Defence and the Armed Forces.

Being described as advocates for Defence, the Trust has demonstrated their support by signing the Corporate Covenant and has pledged to support Reservists, Veterans, Service leavers and other Defence initiatives.

Each gold award winner, including Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, was invited to a formal reception held in London to collect their award.

Reservists are men and women from a range of backgrounds who give up their time to serve with one of the Reserve Forces alongside their civilian career.

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reserve Forces and Employers) Director attended the national presentation event. He said: “The importance of employers’ support for the Reserve Forces is widely acknowledged throughout Defence. The gold awards in this new Employer Recognition Scheme recognise those employers who are advocates for the Reserve forces.

“In this inaugural set of presentations only 10 employers nationwide received the gold award and I am delighted that Amalgam Training and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, both based in Nottinghamshire, are among them. This is appropriate recognition for a long record of support.”

Speaking ahead of the event Julia Tabreham, Non-Executive Director at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is honoured to be recognised for our longstanding support to Reservists.

We consistently find that the skills and experience developed during training and mobilisation as Reservists helps employees be even more effective when they return to our hospitals.”

Defence Minister Anna Soubry said: “Growing our Reserve Forces is not something that we can do alone. This is about working in partnership with employers, giving them the support they need and showing them that in turn, their Reservists can give a lot back too. I’m very proud to see so many employers being recognised for the backing and encouragement they are showing their Reservists, and hope to see many more follow suit.”

Each award was presented at the event by David Cameron.