Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been reconfirmed for a major award by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for continued support of the armed forces.
The Trust has continued to achieve recognition with a Silver Award in the 2021 MoD Employer Recognition Scheme.
Silver accreditation is awarded to employers who:
- Demonstrate support for service personnel issues and employ at least one member of the armed forces community
- Actively communicate and uphold a positive stance to their employees via established HR policies and procedures, and
- Show flexibility towards annual training and mobilisation commitments of Reservist employees and support the employment of cadet instructors, armed forces veterans (including the wounded, injured and sick) and military spouses/partners.
All entries are subject to a rigorous validation process by a selection board made up of senior military personnel.
David Matthewman, Director of People at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Achieving our Silver revalidation is important to us as a Trust as it recognises the importance we place in supporting our armed forces personnel (past and present) along with their families.
“Being a member of the armed forces (regular or reserve) can have a significant impact on both those serving and on the families that they leave behind, and the part we can play in this is to understand the pressures that can be experienced by those affected in order to provide the most supportive environment we can.
“It also helps to fulfil our ambition of not only being an employer of choice, but also by acting as a leader within our community and advocating for good corporate citizenship in Northern Devon.
“As a forces veteran myself, I am very aware of the significant challenges that are particular to those that serve their country. I am delighted that as a Trust we continue to achieve Silver recognition for our support. This underpins our ongoing work to achieve Gold standard recognition.”