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 session celebrated the fantastic number of NHS trusts achieving gold and silver accreditation in this year’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) awards.
Several award-winning trusts were at the session to share their stories and offer tips on best practice from their journey to achieving the top levels of ERS accreditation in 2023.
The sessions was hugely beneficial for trusts working towards achieving silver or gold awards in 2024, as well as to those looking to become more forces-friendly and inclusive employers.
21 September, 10:30am-12pm - Our journey to ERS Silver and Gold
Gold Award: Emily Bird, Widening Participation Officer - Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Silver Award: Jacqui Broomhall, Corporate Social Responsibilities and Workforce Supply Lead - Mid Chesire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The session also featured 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 .