Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust has picked up an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for the outstanding support it offers Armed Forces.
The recognition comes from the Ministry of Defence, which has identified the Trust as an organisation that employs and supports those who serve, veterans, and their families.
To win the gold standard, organisations must show that they provide ten extra paid days leave for reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, reserves, Cadet Force adult volunteers and spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces. Organisations must also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community, by encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.
CEO of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Stacey Hunter, said:
“We are delighted and extremely proud to have received an Employee Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award. Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust is absolutely committed to serving and supporting our local Armed Forces community, our patients, our staff and their families.
"Our established and growing links to the Armed Forces and the veteran community are a priority for the hospital, and are supported by our large number of serving and veteran staff, and our partnerships with the military communities we serve. We will use the recognition of our Gold Award to further these links, continue to encourage the Armed Forces community to work with and for the hospital, and advocate closer working between the Armed Forces and our other partner organisations across Bath & North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire.”