Recording Armed Forces status on ESR

ReservistsElectronic Staff Record (ESR), the integrated workforce management system used across the NHS, has been updated with a new feature which allows users to record if staff are Armed Forces veterans.

The new function will allow employers to gain a better understanding of the skills, backgrounds, challenges and areas Armed Forces personnel can add value to in their workforce. By using ESR Business Intelligence, employers can use the data to assist in specific recruitment campaigns and aid the retention of existing staff.

Following consultation with a group of employers, NHS Employers submitted a business case to ESR ,highlighting the need for further recording of members of the Armed Forces community. As a result, ‘Armed Forces Veteran’ has been added to the list of supplementary roles within ESR.

The navigation path on ESR for adding the information can be found through:

  • People > Enter and Maintain > Others > Supplementary Role

Full details are available on the ESR infopoint website, under update 45.3.0.0.

Armed Forces identifier

In June 2019, the Armed Forces Identifier was launched, a functionality in NHS Jobs which allows NHS organisations to identify whether jobseekers are from the Armed Forces community using a checkbox on their job adverts.

Gemma Wright, programme lead for the Step into Health programme at NHS Employers, said: "The new addition is a very positive step towards providing more support to the Armed Forces community. Having these functions means employers can better support the  community through application and once in employment. Thank you to those who have helped the team achieve these important developments."

For more information on supporting the Armed Forces in the NHS, take a look at our dedicated web section.

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