What can I do to be a supportive employer?

In this section, we outline the steps you should take to enable your organisation to be recognised as a forces-friendly employer in order to recruit and retain members of the Armed Forces community for your NHS workforce. 

Identify an NHS Armed Forces champion

Identify an internal NHS Reserve Forces Champion to increase the awareness of reservists within your organisation and coordinate your organisation's activity around the Armed Forces agenda.

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Become a forces-friendly employer

To start you on your journey to becoming forces-friendly, we have outlined five simple steps to help you to establish yourself as an inclusive employer of members of the Armed Forces community.


Supporting reservists in primary care

Download our resource pack for primary care employers to help them to understand the support that is available from the MoD in the employment of reservists.

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Sign the Armed Forces Covenant

Sign up to the Armed Forces covenant to show your public commitment to the Armed Forces community, including those within your workforce, and build your reputation as a forces-friendly employer.

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Create an Armed Forces policy

Use our model policy example to create a dedicated Armed Forces policy within your organisation to support commitments made by members of the community.

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Pledge to Step into Health

Step into Health connects employers in the NHS to talent from the Armed Forces community.

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Work towards an ERS award

The Employer Recognition Scheme rewards and recognises UK employers for their support and commitment towards the Armed Forces community.

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Extra recommendations

Find out how you can enhance your support of the Armed Forces community within your organisation with our extra recommendations.

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Latest Armed Forces community connect sessions

Join our community connect sessions to share good practice, thoughts and initiatives with other NHS Armed Forces reservist champions in your region.

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Step into Health employer engagement surgeries

Join the Step into Health team’s virtual employer engagement surgeries to network and share best practice with other organisations across the NHS.

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