Armed Forces Week 22 - 28 June

Richard Graham

26 / 6 / 2015 9am

As part of Armed Forces Week we are launching a series of new resources. During this week, Reserves Day takes place on 24 June and is an opportunity for employers to recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution that NHS reservists make to the Armed Forces. Our resources will be launched each day and include:

  • MONDAY 22 JUNE - 'Introduction to the Reserve Forces'. In partnership with the Ministry of Defence we have created a video aimed at giving employers an insight into the Reserve Forces and to highlight the benefits this can bring to both reservists and the NHS.
  • TUESDAY 23 JUNE - Exploring boundaries - nursing in Sierra Leone. In our latest blog, hear from Lt Col Maggie Durrant who served in the treatment facility in Sierra Leone during the recent Ebola outbreak. Hear how Maggie changed her patient care focus, how she managed to maintain clinical practice in such an extreme environment and how she feels her experiences have added to her skills in the NHS.
  • WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE - Key facts on employing reservists in the NHS. This fact sheet tells you all you need to know about having members of the Reserve Forces as part of your workforce - from the training commitments to how to manage mobilisation effectively. We encourage employers to share this with their line managers to help raise the profile of supporting the Armed Forces and bust any misconceptions that people may have around supporting reservists.
  • THURSDAY 25 JUNE - Birmingham Community Health NHS Trust supporting reservists. The trust employs a large number of reservists and ex-service personnel which are a tremendous asset to the trust. Hear how the trust have utilised links with local military units to improve leadership and team working, how it supports the Armed Forces through the Armed Forces Covenant and the benefits of being silver award holders as part of the Employers Recognition Scheme.
  • FRIDAY 26 JUNE - From conflict to crisis: leading and managing the change. Last year, the military had to rapidly train its healthcare workforce to competently and confidently manage Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. This was a far cry from the training provided in battlefield medicine, and the skills and experience service personnel had honed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Watch the plenary from the NHS Confederation Annual Conference where senior military colleagues described how they managed this transition – the challenges, successes and the learning – and consider how we can apply the learning as we look at delivering different models of care.

If you employ a reservist, you could invite them to wear their uniform to work and post your support on Twitter using the hashtag #ReservesDay. The Ministry of Defence have now launched their employers toolkit featuring editable posters and key messages for Reserves Day.  If you have events planned to support this week, please email as we would like to feature them on our website.

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