Military March is a month-long celebration of the Armed Forces community within the NHS. This year, we actively engaged with employers on social media and released several blogs and videos to highlight the benefits of employing members of the community within NHS organisations.
As part of our 2019 campaign, we looked at four key areas of recruitment and retention:
Read the details below to find out more about what we did to celebrate Military March 2019.
Week one (w/c 4 March) Attract
The first week of Military March focused on what can be done to attract members of the Armed Forces community to the workforce and how to be recognised as a Forces-Friendly employer. The new and updated Supporting the Armed Forces in the NHS webpage was launched and included a link to the first of our employer videos. In the video we hear about South Central Ambulance Service supporting Step into Health and why supporting the Armed Forces is an integral part of their recruiting strategy. We celebrated International Women’s day on Friday 8th March by releasing a blog written by Helen Singh about her experiences of being a female leader in the army reserves.
Week two (w/c 11 March) Engage
Engagement plays an important role in supporting members of the Armed Forces community in the workforce and during the second week of Military March, we looked at how employers can enhance their existing engagement. We released our NHS Employers Find Us, Support Us, Use Us video which was created in collaboration with 306 Hospital Support Regiment and features members of the reserve forces within the NHS talking about the benefits that they bring to their organisations. Our second employer video was shared and features footage from the NHS Business Services Authority Step into Health and Armed Forces Covenant pledge signing event.
Week three (w/c 18 March) Retain
Highlighting the importance of retention of staff, week three of Military March concentrated on what employers can put in place internally, such as the creation and implementation of specific policies for members of the Armed Forces community and the development of internal networks. We published a blog about building the NHS relationship with the Armed Forces, which was written by reservist and consultant paramedic at North West Ambulance Service, Matt House. We also shared the Leeds Teaching works in partnership with the Armed Forces video, which demonstrates their support of members of the Armed Forces community.
Week four (w/c 25 March) Innovate
The fourth and final week of Military March centred around innovation and how we can continuously work together towards improving support for the wider community. We looked at ways of enhancing support for military spouses and dependants by offering apprenticeships and training opportunities, in addition to the creation of wider policies to support the likes of mobilisation and leave. During the week, we attended the Welsh Ambulance Service’s signing of the Step into Health pledge and hosted our Yorkshire and the Humber Armed Forces Network event. For our final Military March video, we shared York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s video from their Livex event, which was a live mass casualty exercise to test the trust's incident response plan and provide a suitable training environment for both clinical and non-clinical staff in the event of a mass casualty incident.
Support Military March on social media
Get involved on social media by following @NHSEArmedForces and keep an eye out for our Military March 2020 plans.