Vision, pledges and next steps

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The NHS challenge 

In the current NHS climate, workforce supply is high on everyone's agenda, along with skills shortages, the apprenticeship levy and connecting with the local community. By pledging your commitment to support Step into Health, you can tap into the talent from the Armed Forces community, which can help with these challenges. 

The programme recognises the skills an cultural values that our Armed Forces members develop during their careers, and it is widely recognised how these transfer into the roles available in the NHS. Find out about the recruitment pool that is available and how you can unlock the potential on the service leaver web page

What can I do?

We are looking for employers to pledge their support to the Step into Health programme. This can be done in a variety of ways, from holding information days, creating local relationships and openly encouraging recruitment of members of the Armed Forces.

To be involved in the programme, your organisation is asked to recognise the benefits that serving personnel, veterans and military families bring to the workforce by signing a pledge certificate and agreeing to recruit more members from the Armed Forces community into your organisation. 

Minimum pledge requirements

As a minimum we would expect NHS organisations to:

  • advertise apprenticeship opportunities through the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and their RightJob board
  • nominate a point of contact within the organisation that members of the Armed Forces community can contact directly
  • review current recruitment practices and removing any barriers to recruiting members of the Armed Forces community
  • use the Step into Health branding to promote consistent messages about the programme.

Additional pledges

There are also a selection of further pledges available to choose from that will enhance your offer as an employer to the Armed Forces community, these include:

  • Hosting insight days to raise awareness of NHS careers with the Armed Forces community.
  • Offering work placements to the Armed Forces community and provide support to those who apply for a vacancy.
  • Tailoring activity for those service leavers who may be wounded, sick or injured.
  • Promoting the programme and sharing messaging via your website and social media.
  • Establishing an alumni network for staff who have found employment through the programme.
  • Partnering with other NHS organisations in the region to share best practice and make efficient use of resources.
  • Supporting candidates with the programme who may wish to settle elsewhere whilst also being ready to receive candidates who have been referred from other supporting organisations.

Our support package for employers will provide the opportunity to explore these options alongside the main focus of employment. Use the pledge certificate to sign up to the programme and personalise your offer as an organisation.

Future of the programme

NHS Employers is proud to have taken on the responsibility of rolling out this programme across the NHS as a whole, continuing on the work of the pilot sites on behalf of The Royal Foundation, Walking With the Wounded and a number of NHS arm's length bodies. Over the next 18 months we will help employers embed this strand of recruitment and employment activity into business as usual. 

To pledge your support to Step into Health or to find out further information on how you can get involved, please fill in this form and a member of the team will contact you. You can also find out more about attracting and retaining local talent in this briefing paper on improving long-term domestic supply.

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