Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award winners 2021

Several NHS organisations have been recognised for their support to the Armed Forces community.

23 July 2021

Last week, 12 NHS organisations received the highest level of recognition for their commitment to supporting the Armed Forces Community, the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award.

NHS trusts awarded gold in England include:

  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
  • Essex Partnership University NHS Trust
  • Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Trust
  • NHS Business Services Authority
  • North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust
  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

We would also like to recognise and congratulate Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for having successfully revalidated their ERS Gold Award.

The new additions add to the existing list of the NHS organisations already awarded gold for their outstanding support of the Armed Forces community.

NHS Employers’ Armed Forces team is immensely proud of the NHS organisations awarded gold and of those beginning or continuing their journey to gold, publicly demonstrating their commitment to become forces-friendly employers.

The ERS is run by the Ministry of Defence and encourages employers across the UK to recognise the value that members of the Armed Forces community bring to their respective workforces.

The scheme recognises three levels of commitment; bronze, silver and gold, and guides employers to become advocates and inspire others to acknowledge and support members of the Armed Forces community. Award holders can feature the ERS Award logos on communications, raising their profile as forces-friendly employers.

To qualify for the awards, employers must sign the Armed Forces Covenant, make small adjustments to their corporate policies and foster a more inclusive work culture in order to ensure that members of the Armed Forces community are supported in employment and are not at a disadvantage during recruitment due to their military status.

Begin your journey to gold

Visit our dedicated ERS Award webpage to find out more about the awards. For good practice tips, read our blogs from gold-standard NHS trusts, including:

For more general guidance on how you can become a forces-friendly employer, view our infographic and follow @NHSEArmedForces on Twitter.