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Gold Award from MoD for supporting Armed Forces

Wednesday 1st August 2018

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) has received an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award from the Ministry of Defence for their support of the Armed Forces - the first Trust in Yorkshire and the Humber to hold the accolade.

Last year the Trust signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant, a pledge recognising the valuable contributions Armed Forces reservists make to the workforce, and which makes a commitment to supporting them in their dual roles.

The Trust has developed a dedicated Reservist Procedure, in addition to increasing leave for staff who are reservists, to help facilitate training attendance. Previously holders of a Bronze and Silver Award, the Trust has now received a Gold Award in recognition of its achievements.

Dean Royles, Director of HR and OD at Leeds Teaching Hospitals said: “We are truly delighted to have been recognised for embracing our partnership working with Armed Forces colleagues, consolidating our Silver Award and now achieving the Gold Award. This is in recognition of the effective relationships we have developed over a long time, both internally and externally with military personnel.

“We were pleased to have been nominated for the Gold Award by a wide range of individuals and I am incredibly proud that Leeds Teaching Hospitals is leading the way in recognising the benefits of working with local defence units for the benefit of our patients. We look forward to continuing our work to further develop our forces friendly approach as an exemplar in the NHS.”

In order to achieve the Gold Award the Trust must proactively demonstrate their forces-friendly credentials as part of their recruiting and selection processes as well as also actively ensuring that their workforce is aware of their positive policies towards former members of the Armed Forces.

Leigh Harrison works at the Trust as a Senior Organisational Learning Facilitator and was formerly a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy. Leigh commented on the award: “By receiving this award, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has demonstrated leading employment practices through the support it provides to military reservists and to those who are leaving the regular Armed Forces through the Step into Health programme.

“I know personally that making the transition from a long-term career in the Armed Forces to a civilian role presents a significant number of challenges. When trying to overcome the barriers faced in finding new employment opportunities, I found that there was huge benefit in focussing my search on potential employers who are positive supporters of the Armed Forces community to ease the transition. Leeds Teaching Hospitals supported me in gaining employment in the acute sector through offering the opportunity to shadow in the Trust, knowing that my employer now holds the gold award is very reassuring. I recognise the importance of the Gold Employer Recognition Scheme award and I feel very proud to work for an organisation which has gone the extra mile.”