23 / 3 / 2016 Midnight

Events in your area

Upcoming events that reservists may be interested in are listed here. 

Blogs and podcasts

Hear the unique experiences of reservists on their training, mobilisation, deployment and return to the NHS following operational duty. 

  • Mental health in the field Major Andy Stubbs is a community mental health nurse at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and has been in the Reserve Forces for 10 years. In this blog he shares his experiences of mental health in the military.
  • The benefits of being and working with a reservist Nick Medway is Practice Engagement, Quality & Governance Manager at NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG. Nick has been a reservist for 30 years and share his experiences.
  • Managing crisis through mobilisation RAF reservist Flt Lt Helen Trudgeon describes her experiences of mobilisation to Sierra Leone to help tackle the Ebola crisis in 2015.
  • Military training - the Sandhurst Way Richard Cumpsty is a fifth year medical student at Southampton University currently undertaking a research project as part of his intercalated MMedSc degree. He recently joined the Army Reserve and share his experiences of the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.
  • Developing skills for success RAF medical reservist Corporal Rochelle Gopee describes her experiences, training and skills development on annual camp in the Isle of Wight in 2015.
  • From shore to ship: joining the Royal Naval Reserves Mark Pickett, Business Analyst working in the North East for Health Education England shares his experiences of joining the Royal Naval Reserve.
  • Going green: experiences of a new reservist Leading Air Craftwoman Paula Colclough has been in the RAF reserves for one year - learn why and how she first took on the challenge of being a reservist.
  • Exploring boundaries - nursing in Sierra Leone Lt Col Maggie Durrant shares the highlights of her career and her experiences of being mobilised for Operation Gritrock in Sierra Leone.
  • From the ward to a warzone Lt Col Patricia Cook is an advanced practitioner in neurosurgery at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a reservist based at 207 Field Hospital in Manchester. Here, Patricia shares her story of deployment to Iraq in 2004, how this has benefited her as an NHS nurse and what effect this had on her NHS trust.
  • Leading the way Surgeon Commander Richard Graham, is a consultant radiologist for Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust. In 2006, he became a member of the Royal Naval Reserves Medical Branch. Here, Richard shares his experiences as a reservist, the skills this has given him and how he is applying these within his trust.
  • The sky's the limit Squadron Leader Alex Norman is a GP working in South West London, he is also a medical officer and flight commander at RAF Brize Norton. Here, Alex shares his experience as a new member of the reserve forces, how his training has benefited his practice, and his hopes for the future.
  • Charting an academic course - Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Stuart Roberts serves as a medical officer with the Royal Navy Reserve (RNR). He is also a trainee neurosurgeon at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. Here Stuart shares why he became a reservist, the academic opportunities this has given him and how being a reservist has benefited both Stuart and his employer.
  • Podcast - The benefits to the NHS Wing commander Colin Mathieson, squadron commander of the medical reserves at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, shares his top tips on supporting members of the reserve forces within the NHS, the benefits this brings and how he supports organisations when their reservists are mobilised.
  • Podcast - Why I became a reservist Listen to our third Military March podcast with Navy reservist and consultant trauma and orthapaedic surgeon, Harry Rourke, from The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • Podcast - A parallel career Clinical scientist and haematology lab manager, Major Tracey Smith-Straney, shares her experience of how being a medical reservist has helped drive her career forward at Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Introduction to the Reserve Forces video

Reservists from the NHS share their experiences and say how this has benefited their careers. Dr Mike Seeley, associate director of HR from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust discusses how his trust is committed to supporting members of the Reserve Forces and the recognition the trust has received.

In focus

Our ‘In Focus’ series highlights some of the leaders in the NHS who are also reservists, and how their reservist career has benefited their capabilities in the NHS.

  • Sir Andrew Cash Chief executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation, explains why he has publicly pledged his support for the armed forces and the positive experience and skills that reservists bring to the NHS. Read Sir Andrew Cash's interview.
  • Marie-Noelle Orzel Awarded the OBE in 2005 for services to the NHS and nursing, Marie-Noelle Orzel was the chief executive at North Bristol NHS Trust and is now improvement director at the NHS Trust Development Authority. Read Marie-Noelle Orzel's interview.
  • Sir Keith Pearson For Sir Keith, reservists bring a variety of valuable skills and qualities – such as team working, self-confidence and leadership – to the workplace and represent a highly prized human capital resource. Read Sir Keith Pearson's interview.

Get in touch

If you have any reservists in your workforce, or would like to share what you are doing to support reservists, please let us know by sending an email to

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