Armed Forces community connect sessions

Following the success of our Armed Forces Reserves Community Connect events, additional networking events have been scheduled for September.
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General information

13 September 2021 - 22 September 2021 GMT
Open to all

The NHS Employers Armed Forces team has launched more virtual sessions for Armed Forces Reserves Champions to network with one another.

These sessions are designed to be regional and will give you the opportunity to:

  • share ideas, success and network with fellow Armed Forces Champions
  • discuss the rewards and challenges facing their organisations

  • receive programme updates from NHS Employers’ Armed Forces team

  • provide learning opportunities on key subjects themed around supporting reservists in your organisation

  • help you build your reputation as a forces-friendly employer.   

Each session includes a presentation from a Regional Employer Engagement Director (REED) focusing on the support available from the Defence Relationship Management. The sessions are designed with plenty of opportunity to ask questions throughout and share examples of good practice. There will also be updates on the work of the NHS Employers supporting reservists in the workforce programme and from the Step into Health programme.   

Building on the success of previous community connect sessions, each event will help you:

  • Make your commitment public  

  • Enhance your recruitment activities  

  • Create a supportive work environment  

  • Build your external network  

  • Become an advocate.  

Book your place

Session dates are as follows: 

Monday 13 Sept 21 

North East & Yorkshire 


NHS Employers 'Journey to becoming a forces-friendly employer'

Sarah Patten

Tuesday 14 Sept 21 

South West 


Somerset NHS Foundation Trust ‘Working towards Gold ERS award accreditation’

Nicola Lowe

Thursday 16 Sept 21 

North West 


University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust ‘Creating and developing an Armed Forces network’

Gillian Day

Tuesday 21 Sept 21 

Midlands & East of England 


Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 'Journey to re-validation of Gold ERS award accreditation'

Jackie Hogan

Wednesday 22 Sept 21 

London & South East 


Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust "Our journey to Gold ERS award accreditation"

David Powell

To book your place, please use our online booking form. Details of joining the event will be sent to you prior to joining the session.  

Although sessions are regionally based, you are welcome to attend any session.

For more information, please email armedforces@nhsemployers.org.