NHS Reserve Forces Champions - join today!


23 / 11 / 2015 Midnight

Does your organisation employ members of the Reserve Forces, or are you looking to increase the support you offer? Would you like to share your knowledge and good practice?

In partnership with the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Health, NHS Employers has launching a new initiative - NHS Reserve Forces Champions. The scheme has been created to increase the awareness of reservists within the NHS, and to highlight the benefits that employing reservists can have for organisations and employers.

Through the use of local networks, the champion scheme will not only facilitate stronger relationships between your trust, its military units and Defence Relationship Management contacts, but also with other reservist employers within the region. By becoming a champion, you will enable your trust to be recognised as a reservist-friendly employer and demonstrate your public commitment to supporting members of the Armed Forces.

So far champions have been nominated from organisations including:

  • Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
  • West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Daniel Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers said: “I am delighted that NHS trusts and foundation trusts will have a dedicated reservist champion to be the conduit between the NHS and the Armed Forces, promoting the benefits that reservists bring to both organisations. 

"Promoting reserve services in the public sector is a cause close my heart. Prior to my position as chief executive at NHS Employers, I was privileged to be part of the Board at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which holds a gold award in the Employer Recognition Scheme for its support of reservists. I learnt there of the humbling contribution that NHS reservists make to our armed forces both in combat and humanitarian missions.  I also saw the skills and qualities that they in turn bring back to the benefit of their teams and patients.

"The champion scheme will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and support between reservists, their employers and the armed forces. Through promoting the champions network, we aim to further increase awareness of the unique contribution of reservists in the NHS. I know organisations across the NHS will wish to ensure the active participation of their leadership teams in this important development.”

Minister for Reserves, Julian Brazier said:

“We are most grateful for the support of the NHS in enabling this excellent scheme and the recognition the NHS gives to reservists. It also highlights the crucial role that the UK reserve forces play in delivering healthcare to the armed forces. The NHS clearly recognises the skills and leadership qualities that reservists can bring to the workforce, and I hope even more employers and employees across the UK will be encouraged to support the armed forces in any way they can.”

For more information and to nominate your champion, visit the champions’ web page and complete the short registration. Once this has been processed, you will be sent your bespoke NHS Reserve Forces Champions' welcome pack. You can share your support on Twitter by using the hashtag #ReservistsReady

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