Armed Forces Week 2016: celebrate and salute 

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08 / 6 / 2016 Midnight

Armed Forces Week 2016 will run from the 20 - 26 June, providing employers with the opportunity to publicly recognise and celebrate the amazing work of the UK Armed Forces.

Throughout the week, employers across the UK will be encouraged to show their support and thanks, both in the workplace and on social media. The week’s celebrations will end with Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June.

Get involved

The Ministry of Defence would like to get pictures and videos of employers saluting the Armed Forces on Twitter. To show your support post your tweet using #SaluteOurForces. 

There are plenty of ways that employers can get involved with Armed Forces Week, from encouraging your NHS reservists to talk about their experiences, to attending one of the Armed Forces events taking place across the UK, or even holding your own. To find out what is happening in your local area visit the Armed Forces Day website.

Armed Forces Week

Throughout the week, we’ll also be taking a look back at some of the stories and experiences we have shared from NHS reservists working throughout the UK’s Armed Forces.

Monday 20 June: Why I became a reservist - Navy reservist and consultant trauma and orthapaedic surgeon, Harry Rourke, from The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, talks about his experiences.

Tuesday 21 June: The sky’s the limit - Squadron Leader Alex Norman, a GP working in South West London and a medical officer and flight commander at RAF Brize Norton, shares his experiences as a new member of the reserve forces.

Wednesday 22 June: From the ward to a war zone - Lt Colonel Patricia Cook is an advanced practitioner in neurosurgery at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and a reservist based at 207 Field Hospital in Manchester. Here, Patricia shares her story of deployment to Iraq in 2004.

Thursday 23 June: Charting an academic course - Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Stuart Roberts works as a medical officer with the Royal Navy Reserve (RNR) as well as a trainee neurosurgeon at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. Here, Stuart shares why he became a reservist, and the academic opportunities this has given him.

Friday 24 June: Going green: experiences of a new reservist - Leading Air Craftwoman Paula Colclough is an assistant practitioner in Accident & Emergency and an RAF reserve. Here she explains how and why she took on the challenge of being a reservist.

Saturday 25 June: The benefits of being and working with a reservist - Nick Medway is practice engagement, quality and governance manager at NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG and has been a reservist for 30 years. Here he shares his experiences as an NHS reservist over the decades 


Further information

Looking to support your reservists further? Take a look at our range of resources including;

Get in touch 

If you have any questions relating to NHS reservists, or would like to share what you are doing, contact reservists@nhsemployers.org

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