Armed Forces reservists Community Connect - 20 & 22 September 2022

Join our regular online forum in September to celebrate the NHS trusts achieving top awards in the 2022 Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.
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General information

22 September 2022 10:30 - 11:30 GMT
Open to all

Community Connect provides an opportunity for those managing or working with reservists to network, collaborate and hear latest updates from our reservists programme team.

These informal online sessions include themed presentations, guest speakers and plenty of opportunities to ask questions and share good practice.   


Celebrating ERS success

Our September sessions will be celebratory events, recognising the fantastic number of NHS trusts achieving gold or silver accreditation in this year’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) awards.

Several award-winning trusts will be at the sessions to share their stories and offer tips on best practice from their journey to achieving the top levels of ERS accreditation in 2022.

The sessions will be hugely beneficial for trusts working towards achieving silver or gold awards in 2023, as well as to those looking to become more generally forces-friendly and inclusive employers.


Session details

20 September, 10:30am-noon - Our journey to ERS Silver

Presentations from Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust and Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

22 September, 10:30-11:30am - Our journey to ERS Gold

Presentations from University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

Each session will also feature a Q&A with colleagues from Defence Relationship Management (DRM), who will outline further details and benefits of the ERS programme.


Community Connect offers: 

  • presentations on key themes around supporting Armed Forces reservists in the NHS

  • a forum to share ideas and success, and network with fellow Armed Forces champions 

  • guidance on how to build your organisation’s reputation as an Armed Forces-friendly employer 

  • programme updates from the NHS Employers’ Armed Forces team. 


Benefits of attendance include: 

  • making your Armed Forces commitment public   

  • enhancing your organisation’s recruitment activities   

  • helping to create a more supportive workplace environment   

  • building external networks across the NHS .

For more information about these sessions, email armedforces@nhsemployers.org.

You can also follow the team on Twitter, at @NHSEArmedForces.