At Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust we are proud to be committed to the Armed Forces Covenant. We endeavour to ensure that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces are treated with fairness and respect.
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust commits to embed and uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. We work to ensure improved health outcomes for serving personnel, reservists, and veterans who are patients in our Trust.
Those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether Regular or Reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial service. Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as, the injured and the bereaved.
As an organisation, we recognise the value serving personnel, reservists, and veterans can bring to NHS roles.
As a signatory to the Covenant, we:
- Promote that we are a ‘Forces Friendly’ organisation.
- Strive to support the employment of serving personnel
- Support our employees who are members of the Reserve Forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible.
We are now working towards The Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance seeks to showcase high quality veterans’ healthcare and support NHS trusts to learn from each other by sharing what works. This includes committing to the Armed Forces Covenant, raising awareness among staff of veterans’ healthcare needs, and establishing clear links with service charities and local support providers.
There are several staff members who are active members of the Armed Forces and Reservists or Armed Forces Veterans. The NHS and our Trust recognises the transferable skills and cultural values that the Armed Forces community develop during their time in the Armed Forces environment and how they are compatible with those required within NHS roles.
Mid Cheshire NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust has signed up to the 'Step into Health' national programme, designed to help all ex-Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their spouse/partner to join the NHS and we are a member of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) of which we proudly hold Bronze award.