June 12th 2015

Reservists dine out in Nottingham

Nine Reservists who are employed by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and other organisations attended a dinner last night (Thursday 11 June) to recognise their voluntary contribution to the Armed Forces.

The annual dinner, which was this year held in the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) restaurant, is organised as a formal way of the Trust showing support to its Reservist employees.

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers) Campaign Director, said: “Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is extremely supportive of its Reservist employees and I am delighted that they continue to acknowledge their Reservists and encourage Reserve service through this annual dinner. From their military training, Reservists develop some vitally important core skills and attributes such as teamwork, leadership, loyalty, and the ability to work under pressure. These are all valuable qualities that employers value and respect.”

Peter Homa, Chief Executive of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This annual dinner is our celebration of the exceptional contribution that Reservists make, often in the face of extreme hardship and adversity. It’s an honour to learn of their experiences and how developing their skills in different and challenging environments can help them fulfil their NHS roles when they return to our hospitals. “We are proud to support the Reservists and thank them and their families and supporters for what they do.”

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust previously received a Gold Employer Recognition Scheme Award for exemplar support for Defence and the Armed Forces in 2014. 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.

Reservists are men and women of many ages who volunteer to undertake Reserve Force training with the Royal Naval Reserve; Royal Marine Reserves; Army Reserve or Royal Air Force Reserve outside of their civilian career. The civilian career of a Reservist generally does not dictate the role they undertake within the Reserve Forces, apart from those involved in certain specialisations, such as the medical profession.

"This annual dinner is our celebration of the exceptional contribution that Reservists make"