The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

LTHT receives Silver Award from MoD for supporting Armed Forces

6 October 2017

LTHT has received an Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from the Ministry of Defence for their support of the Armed Forces.

Earlier this 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 Award, the Trust has received a Silver Award in recognition of these achievements.

Dean Royles, Director of HR for LTHT, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for our support for the Armed Forces. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country, we have been undertaking some great work to recognise the value that our Armed Forces colleagues bring to the organisation and have strengthened our connections with local Armed Forces partners.”

“This award is a credit to all our staff who have Armed Forces training, whose specialist skills bring important benefits to patient care at Leeds Teaching Hospitals,” he added.

Dean Royles, Director of HR

Dean Royles, Director of HR for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, receives the ERS Silver Award from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dame Ingrid Roscoe DCVO and Brigadier Oliver Stokes, Brigade Commander, 4th Infantry Brigade, on behalf of the Trust.

Colonel Jason Wright, Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) in Yorkshire and The Humber, said: “The RFCA, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, is delighted to be recognising the level of support and commitment these organisations are providing to our Armed Forces and we are enormously grateful for that support. Their understanding of the value that reservists, ex-regulars and Cadet Force adult volunteers bring to the workplace is a great example to other employers and it is the values and high standards of the British military which make these employees stand out. They bring high levels of motivation, self-discipline, confidence, communication, teamwork, leadership, all of which make a positive contribution to any employer’s bottom line.

“Combined with professional qualifications in subjects including first aid, health and safety, driving and technical qualifications, all of which are now accredited by professional bodies, the benefits of employing military people become very compelling. I am very pleased these organisations have been recognised appropriately for their support.”

The Trust was formally presented with the award by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dame Ingrid Roscoe DCVO, at an awards ceremony in Sheffield in October. Dean Royles, Director of HR for LTHT, accepted the award on behalf of the Trust.