Armed Forces reservists Community Connect - 7 February 2023

Our regular online forum for those managing, championing or supporting Armed Forces reservists in the NHS.

General information

7 February 2023 14:00 - 15:30 GMT
Open to all

Community Connect provides a platform for those managing or working with Armed Forces 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.

February session details 

The theme for the session was supporting NHS trusts to achieve their Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) awards in 2023. 

We heard from:

  • John Thompson, head of safety and IPC lead at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Armed Forces Reserve Major, Royal Army Medical Corps.
  • Gemma Saunders, Armed Forces community staff network chair at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Further information

The presentations explored the range of ways that Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Derbyshire Healthcare support their Armed Forces community, and what they are doing to prepare for ERS silver and gold award submissions.

You can learn more about nominating your organisation for the ERS awards in our recent news article.

Community Connect offers:

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

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

  • guidance on how to build your organisation’s reputation as a 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 inclusive recruitment activities

  • helping to create a more supportive workplace environment 

  • building networks across the NHS.

To learn more about Community Connect, please email armedforces@nhsemployers.org.

To receive invitations to all Community Connect events, fill out this registration form.

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