Celebrate Armed Forces Week 2022

Showcase the contribution of Armed Forces community members to your NHS organisation during this national week of recognition.

1 June 2022

Armed Forces Week, the annual week of celebration and recognition for our UK Armed Forces community, takes place this year from 20–26 June.

Throughout the week we’ll be championing the men, women and families who make up the Armed Forces community within the NHS and highlighting the support we offer through our NHS Employers Armed Forces programmes.  

Key events include the flagship Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June and Reserves Day, which recognises the civilians who give up their time to serve in the Reserve Forces, is on Wednesday 22 June.

We’d love you to get involved in celebrating the Armed Forces colleagues in your organisation and the contribution they make to the NHS.  

Ways to get involved

  • Organise an event to recognise the Armed Forces community in your workforce and highlight the benefits they bring. Get inspiration and register your event on the Armed Forces Day website.  
  • Encourage reservist colleagues to wear their military uniform to work (where appropriate) for Reserves Day on 22 June.
  • Join our Armed Forces Week Community Connect session on Wednesday 22 June. There'll be a presentation from regional employer engagement director Jon Beake from Defence Relationship Management, and you can hear from our programme team about five simple steps that can help establish your organisation as a forces-friendly employer.    
  • Explore the Step into Health programme and the way it works with NHS organisations to increase access to employment for the Armed Forces community and improve workforce supply in the the NHS. You can do this at the Step into Health and the NHS Employers websites.  
  • Step into Health will be showcasing the benefits of recruiting from the Armed Forces community with Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust. The team will also be introducing Step into Health to the Veteran Support Partnership at its virtual event on 21 June, highlighting the benefits of becoming an NHS employee.
  • Follow us on Twitter @NHSEArmedForces where we’ll be sharing resources, information and highlighting events throughout the week.
  • Share your own Armed Forces Week activities and images on social media by tagging us at @NHSEArmedForces and using #ArmedForcesDay.

To find out more about how NHS Employers is increasing opportunities for the Armed Forces community in the NHS, see our Supporting the Armed Forces Community web pages.