Key facts on employing reservists in the NHS - new resource

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02 / 6 / 2015 11.37am

Following our from our event series where we brought NHS employers together to discuss employing medical reservists, our supporting resource is now available: Key facts on employing reservists in the NHS.

The 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. 

NHS Confederation Conference
For the first time, UK Reserve Forces will be represented at the NHS Confederation Annual Conference this week. See below for opportunities where you can engage.

Our colleagues from the UK Reserve Forces will be joining us on the NHS Workforce Village stand (H20 – Hall 2) to promote the benefits that NHS organisations can gain from employing members of the Reserve Forces and to answer any queries you have. 

Focus group session
As a feature of the NHS Workforce Village, delegates can meet with the senior nurse who led clinical operations at the Kerrytown treatment facility in Sierra Leone. She will share her experiences of leading teams from different backgrounds and how they maintained standards of care while operating in a challenging environment. Come and see an example of the equipment used and hear how they overcame the challenges this presented.

Sessions will take place on Wednesday 3 June from 2.30pm – 3pm and Thursday 4 June from 2pm – 2.30pm.

Plenary session - ‘From conflict to crisis: leading and managing the change’
As the final conference plenary session, Brigadier Kevin Beaton OBE and his team from 2 Medical Brigade will share their experiences of having to rapidly train 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 that service personnel had honed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hear 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.

For more information on employing reservists please see our dedicated web section.

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