Step into Health webinar: Tapping into talent

10 / 09 / 2019

Watch this webinar from the Step into Health programme which focuses on recruiting members of the wounded, injured and sick Armed Forces community.

Learn about the wide range of skills and attributes these individuals can bring to organisations and how they would be ideally suited to working in the NHS.

The speakers are:

  • Chair: Gemma Wright, Armed Forces programme lead, NHS Employers
  • Shelley Feaver, HR manager at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • Tommy Watson, regional operations manager at Walking with the Wounded
  • Palmer Winstanley, divisional director for planned care at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Download a copy of the webinar slides.


Answers to questions asked during webinar:

What support do we need to ensure is provided?

1. Understand what their situation is (medically) and how to support it.
2. Allocate a buddy.
3. Regular supervision (line manager)
4. Clear chain of command.

Does WWTW have partnerships with universities?

Yes, at present we are involved with UNSWIS.

Are there some stats on the number of vets leaving the forces each year?

Approx. 16,000 people leave the Armed Forces each year within the UK. This figure only counts those in active military service and not families.

What's the best way to market opportunities to, or attract the veteran community and their families?

There are a number of military specific jobs boards that you can advertise on. RightJob is operated by the Career Transition Partnership and can be registered with via their website. 
The Forces Families Jobs platform launches in the coming weeks. You can find out how to register in this news piece. 
For opportunities specific for the WIS community, you can also email the head of employment at WWTW Heather Saunders :

How do I start to build a relationship with my local military units to help those who are resettling?

We would suggest contacting your Career Transition Partnership or Defence Relationship Management rep who can put you in touch with any military units close to you. You can find their details on our Armed Forces footprint map.

Question for was your leaver process managed and was the NHS advocated as a prospective employment route?

When I left in 2014, the NHS was not pushed so much, indeed it was hard to find a way in. Since landing in the NHS, I worked with Norfolk and Norwich Hospital to drive that and the growth of Step into Health. For someone leaving now it is pushed. It is heavily advertised. When you make the choice to leave the military, you have a year's notice. In this year, you have access to the Career Transition Partnership. This is a platform that has jobs, open days, information, and people on to help everyone. There is now a Step into Health day in most areas of the country. If your trust wants to do one, they could either join in one already happening, and offer opportunities for placements.

Question for Walking for Wounded - would you say A&E would be a good working environment for veterans as it is a 24-hour service, fast paced but is very pressurised?

Tommy: I would say that understanding your veteran is key to placement . You should always understand medical conditions and triggers to fully understand which environment they will be comfortable. If there is a mental health issue and an individual suffers from stress then A&E is maybe not the best place to be. Full frank conversations should take place at an early stage.

Palmer: I have worked in A&E as the manager. I have also then recruited someone else in behind me to work in A&E. Both of us made a success and both now work at director level. This is an exceptionally good place to have them. It does not take long to understand A&E. It is always good to have a fresh start and new eyes.

Who's the Walking with the Wounded contact for East Kent please?

If you are engaging with WWTW for employment then East Kent is an area we are not covering at the moment , however Royal British Legion Industries are. You can contact them at


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