70 NHS trusts have pledged to support the Step into Health programme since its national launch in January 2018.
Step into Health connects employers in the NHS to members of the Armed Forces community and supports service leavers, their spouses and dependants in building a career within the NHS once they have left the Armed Forces.
The most recent trusts that have pledged to support Step into Health are:
- The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust
- North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- NHS Business Services Authority
- Isle of Wight NHS Trust.
Service leavers can bring important transferable skills to the workforce, such as commitment, integrity, adaptability and values that are aligned to the NHS. Coming from a wide variety of backgrounds within the military, these skills and values can easily be transitioned into non-clinical roles found within the NHS, which can assist in the transition from military to civilian life.
Rachel Brown, diversity and inclusion manager at NHS Business Services Authority said:
“This is just the start of our commitment to the Step into Health pledge and the Armed Forces Covenant, and most importantly, it’s helping to support veterans’ transition into citizen services and (hopefully) make it a really positive one. It’s exciting to see that so many people share our commitment and it’s even better to be part of an organisation that really wants to be recognised as an employer of choice.”
Rachel has also written a blog about how her organisation is looking to support members of the Armed Forces community.
More information about Step into Health including how to pledge can be found on the Step into Health web pages.