Step into Heath aims to enable NHS organisations to benefit from the transferable skills and values members of the Armed Forces community bring into the workplace and raise awareness of the barriers into employment which members of the community may face.
With the support of our key partners, NHS England, Walking with the Wounded and The Royal Foundation, we work with NHS organisations across England and Wales to diversify their workforce and offer guidance on how they can become more inclusive recruiters. Our work closely aligns with the NHS People Plan and the People Promise.
Our programme also raises the profile of NHS careers within the Armed Forces community. Our team highlights the many roles, particularly non-clinical ones, which are suited to members of the community and supports individuals to link with recruiters and take advantage of dedicated pre-employment opportunities.
Service leavers, veterans, members of the wounded, injured & sick community and military family members bring a unique and highly valuable set of transferable skills into the NHS, including:
- leadership and management
- communication and teamwork
- loyalty and commitment
- an enhanced ability to adapt to change.
In our 2018 evidence base report, 97 per cent of NHS employers surveyed said hiring members of the Armed Forces community had brought enhanced working behaviours into their organisations. A further 83 per cent of respondents agreed that members of the Armed Forces community had brought additional skills into their organisation.
Join Step into Health
Pledging to Step into Health involves making a public commitment to support the recruitment of members of the Armed Forces community into the NHS.
There are five mandatory pledges that we require all organisations to commit to, including:
- reviewing recruitment practices and removing any barriers to recruiting members of the Armed Forces community
- sharing dedicated Step into Health contact details
- building a relationship with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP)
- using the Step into Health branding to promote consistent messages about the programme
- using the Step into Health candidate system to record interactions with potential candidates and to refer between NHS organisations as required.
Pledged organisations receive bespoke guidance, permission to use our recognised branding and support with promoting and delivering dedicated pre-employment activities and events.
Organisations pledged to Step into Health gain access to the Step into Health candidate system, which connects employers directly with members of the Armed Forces community who are looking for employment within the NHS. The Step into Health Facebook group also connects pledged employers with members of the Armed Forces community who are interested NHS employment.
Pledged organisations can also choose to commit to optional enhancing activities such as hosting insight days, offering work placements and partnering with other NHS organisations in the region to share best practice.
If you would like to pledge to Step into Health, fill out our interest form. We will then be in touch to explain more about the programme, your commitments and how pledging will help you to tap into new talent.
Begin your journey to becoming a forces-friendly recruiter.
Key guidance for employers
Step into Health downloads
Access our downloadable and editable resources in both English and Welsh, to help promote Step into Health within your organisation.
1 March 2019
Latest resources and guidance
NHS Employers Armed Forces networks
Connect with our Armed Forces team and with fellow employers at our regular engagement and networking sessions.
31 August 2022
Boost in trusts awarded gold for support of Armed Forces staff
An impressive tally of NHS trusts has received gold recognition from the Ministry of Defence for their support of the Armed Forces community.
19 July 2022
Step into Health employer engagement surgeries
Join Step into Health's regular engagement event for health and care employers.
29 June 2022