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August 11th 2016

Pledging to support the Armed Forces Community

Pennine Healthcare Chief Executive Luke Fryer and Colonel Phil Carter from Army Medical Services signing the Armed Forces Covenant

A private healthcare organisation from Derby have pledged their support to the Armed Forces Community by formally signing the Armed Forces Covenant alongside military representatives.

Pennine Healthcare, based on London Road, Derby, is one of the UKs leading manufacturers of single use sterile medical devices and custom procedure packs for use in respiratory, urology and laparoscopy procedures among others.

Signing the Armed Forces Covenant at Pennine Healthcare in Derby

Signing the Armed Forces Covenant at Pennine Healthcare in Derby

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly.  The organisation has pledged to support Defence personnel, including:

  • employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces by seeking to accommodate their training and deployment;
  • employees who choose to be volunteer leaders in military cadet organisations, by seeking to accommodate their training requirements;
  • the employment of service leavers through working with the Career Transition Partnership and relevant charities;
  • the employment of service spouses and partners and endeavouring to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment.

Although Pennine Healthcare do not currently employ any Reservists, Magali Dale, Head of Human Resources at Pennine Healthcare, explains what benefits members of the Armed Forces Community could bring to the business:

“We are delighted to be signing the Armed Forces Covenant to show our support for members of the Armed Forces Community. As a business we strive to deliver the best possible service to our customers and believe serving personnel and veterans could help us to do this.

“As a company, we are also developing our relationship with the Army’s medical reserve units as we know that if we were to employ reservists in the future they would bring with them a wealth of skills and experiences that could be useful to us at our HQ in Derby.”

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director, said: “Pennine Healthcare organised a special event at their headquarters to demonstrate publically their support for the Armed Forces, including personnel who are currently serving, veterans and spouses.

“The training received by military personnel is wide-ranging and can be easily transferred to the civilian workplace. Skills and attributes developed through military training such as organisation, management, leadership and working as a team can make a positive contribution to Pennine Healthcare or any other civilian organisation.”

Captain David Scrafton from 222 Medical Squadron in Derby attended the signing event. He said: “We are keen to work with Pennine Healthcare over the forthcoming months to learn more about their business and how we can work together to engage with their employees.”

Pennine Healthcare signed the Armed Forces Covenant on Thursday 11 August.

To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk

To find out more about joining 222 Medical Squadron in Derby contact 0116 275 9680.

"As a business we strive to deliver the best possible service to our customers and believe serving personnel and veterans could help us to do this."