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October 13th 2016

Nottingham Trust receives gold award

Notts Healthcare employee and veteran Shaun Morley, HRH Prince William, Dean Fathers from Notts Healthcare and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon at the presentation event

A Nottinghamshire NHS Trust has been recognised for the significant support it has shown to the Armed Forces Community with a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award presented in London by The Duke of Cambridge.

Attending a special gold awards ceremony at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust joined 21 other award winning employers from around the country.

HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, presented each organisation with their certificate.

Notts Healthcare employee and veteran Shaun Morley, HRH Prince William, Dean Fathers from Notts Healthcare and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

Notts Healthcare employee and veteran Shaun Morley, HRH Prince William, Dean Fathers from Notts Healthcare and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

Nottinghamshire Healthcare currently employs five reservists, and recognises the many mutual benefits of employing military personnel particularly in terms of the transferable skills individuals can bring back in to the healthcare environment.

As the only gold award winning employer in the East Midlands this year, Dean Fathers, Chair of Nottinghamshire Healthcare, explained: “The Trust is delighted to receive this award and to be recognised for our long-standing commitment to support reservists and the families of those serving.

“Reservists bring with them a wealth of experience and skills. As an organisation we are required to be safe, effective, caring, responsive and well lead. The training reservists receive aligns strongly with these defining principles and also provides them with real resilience and an ability to work in and lead teams. All this helps to support us in delivering outstanding care and great outcomes for our patients and service users. We will continue to support our reservists for these important reasons.”

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s East Midlands Regional Employer Engagement Director, said: “63 employers across the UK were nominated for a gold award and 22 were successful, including Nottinghamshire Healthcare. The Trust has proactively advocated and supported Defence personnel, communicating their commitment both internally to employees and externally to the wider community.

“I am delighted that the Trust has been recognised for its approach to employing and supporting Defence personnel and their families. Some of the Trust’s reservist employees have been mobilised in support of Regular Forces; the Trust has always approached this in a positive way, and has supported individuals in their transition back in to the workplace. ”

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Employers across the country are ensuring our military get a fair deal including by helping veterans to have successful careers after leaving service. These companies are rightly being recognised for the support they offer under the Armed Forces Covenant and encouraging other firms to go the extra mile.”

“I am delighted that the Trust has been recognised for its approach to employing and supporting Defence personnel and their families."