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NUH wins Gold Award for supporting Armed Forces community

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has been presented with a Gold Award for the third time in recognition of its support to the Armed Forces community.

Representing the highest badge of honour, the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award is presented by the Ministry of Defence and given to organisations who employ and support people who serve in the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

To win an award, organisations must provide 10 extra paid days leave for Reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, Reserves, and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.

Amanda Morledge, Clinical Armed Forces Champion at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, said:

“We are delighted to be recognised for the third time as a supporter of our Armed Forces and this award demonstrates our commitment.

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“We recognise the valuable contribution that the Armed Forces community makes to our Trust, patients and communities and as a forces friendly hospital.

“We are also Veterans Covenant Health Alliance accredited and we are dedicated to continuing to support the wider Armed Forces family.”

To win the award, organisations must also advocate the benefits of supporting people within the Armed Forces community by encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.

Bruce Spencer, Regional Employer Engagement Director, said: “Nottingham University Hospitals Trust have shown immense stamina and determination to have re-validated their Gold Award for the third time.

“They were one of our first Golds, back in 2014, and this re-validation shows they have the Armed Forces at the heart of their policies and a real commitment to the community.”

The Employer Recognition Scheme was launched in 2014 to recognise employer support for the wider principles of the Armed Forces Covenant and the full spectrum of Defence personnel. This includes the Reserves, service leavers, Cadets, spouses and wounded, injured and sick.

A total of 156 organisations have been recognised this year, the ninth year of the awards scheme. The full list of Employer Recognition Scheme Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners is available here.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. More information about the Armed Forces Covenant and how to get involved is available here

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