Pledge to Step into Health

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What is Step into Health?

Step into Health offers an access route into employment and other career development opportunities within the NHS to members of the Armed Forces community.

The programme recognises the transferable skills and cultural values that Armed Forces personnel have developed, and how these skills and values are compatible with working in the NHS.

NHS organisations can pledge to the Step into Health programme to publicly support the recruitment of members of the Armed Forces community into the NHS.


The aim of the programme is to highlight the many career opportunities available, particularly non-clinical roles, to the Armed Forces community and to support them in gaining employment within the NHS.

NHS Employers supports organisations in adopting the programme, ensuring that Step into Health is embedded into recruitment strategies and workforce supply routes.


The Step into Health programme was established in 2014 by Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with The Royal Foundation and Walking With The Wounded.

The programme was piloted across five trusts in 2015. Following the success of this pilot, NHS Employers was appointed to roll out the programme nationally in 2017.

Signing up to the programme

To sign up to the programme, we ask that your organisation commits to working towards four mandatory pledges. There are also a number of further activities that can be pledged to in order to enhance your organisation’s offer to the Armed Forces community.

Our Employer Guide and resources can be used to support the implementation of the programme at your organisation. In addition, the below pages contain further information about each pledge, with best practice examples from across the NHS.

Mandatory pledges:

 Enhancing activities: 

Register your interest

To register your organisation’s interest in the programme, please fill out the below form and a member of the team will be in contact.

If you are a member of the Armed Forces community, please visit the national Step into Health website for further details of NHS organisations that support the programme, including specific contact details and upcoming events. You can also connect with employers and ask questions on our Facebook group.





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Step into Health employer guide

21 / 6 / 2019 12.07pm

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Collaborate across the NHS

28 / 2 / 2019 7am

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Host insight days

11 / 3 / 2019 11.37am

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Offer work placements

11 / 3 / 2019 11.50am

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Review recruitment practices

28 / 2 / 2019 12.16pm

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Promote and share

20 / 12 / 2017 11.30am

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Support candidates across the NHS

15 / 1 / 2018 3.56pm

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Use Step into Health branding

28 / 2 / 2019 12.12pm



07 / 12 / 2017 Midnight

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Step into Health radio interview

18 / 12 / 2019 1.30pm

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Supporting military spouses in the NHS

14 / 11 / 2019 10.25am

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