Armed Forces reservists Community Connect - 21 September 2023

Our celebratory online forum in September recognised the NHS trusts achieving top awards in the 2023 Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.
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General information

21 September 2023 10:30 - 12:00 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 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.

Session details

21 September, 10:30am-12pm - Our journey to ERS Silver and Gold

Presentations from: 

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 .

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

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