The NHS and Armed Forces conference 2022: our future together

Our virtual conference on the 15 March 2022 successfully explored the future of the close working relationship between the NHS and Armed Forces.
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15 March 2022 09:00 - 16:15 GMT
Open to all

NHS Employers’ Step into Health programme and the supporting Armed Forces reservists in the NHS programme proudly hosted our third annual conference on the 15 March 2022, which took place virtually and was themed ‘our future together’.

Read about highlights from the day here

See our full agenda here

The NHS and the Armed Forces have a long-standing relationship which is more evident now than ever as a result of the cooperative work carried out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our previous conferences celebrated this close working relationship between the two services, highlighting the Armed Forces contribution to continuing NHS services and the vaccination programme, as well as exploring work in the NHS and support available to our Armed Forces community.

This years' conference explored NHS priorities and policy changes linked to developments in the Ministry of Defence, including the new Armed Forces Act and Reserve Forces Review 2030. Delegates heard from individuals with lived experience and learned good practice from some of our top NHS champions and recruiters.

 Key speakers included:

  • the Defence Medical Services, Walking With The Wounded, the Royal Foundation
  • NHS Armed Forces and reservist champions
  • NHS Armed Forces medical reservists
  • members of the Armed Forces community who have successfully transitioned into NHS roles.


We welcomed NHS directors and managers, Armed Forces and reservist champions, recruiters, HR representatives and all colleagues with a responsibility for widening participation, equality, diversity and inclusion.

Follow us on Twitter and join our mailing list to stay up to date with our work and for dates of future events. Visit our supporting the Armed Forces community webpage to learn more about the valuable work carried out by the Step into Health and supporting reservist programmes.