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Trust signs Armed Forces Covenant

Published 30/04/2018

Derby Teaching Hospitals has publicly confirmed its support for Armed Forces personnel by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. 

Chairman John Rivers signed the Covenant alongside Ministry of Defence Representative Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Jenkins at an event held today at the Royal Derby Hospital. 

The Trust currently employs a number of reservists and military service leavers, as well as spouses of those who have served in the Forces and believes that these individuals each bring a variety of transferable skills and attributes to their work place; in both clinical and non-clinical roles. 

According to independent research, members of the Reserves Forces undertake personal development training worth around £8,000 per year. 

The Trust recognises that, by employing Reservists, it acquires a portfolio of skills and behaviours that are beneficial to an efficient working environment. 

These skills include business and technical qualifications, as well as ‘softer’ transferable skills, such as leadership, team working, strategy and problem solving – proven in challenging environments.

Derby Teaching Hospitals Chairman John Rivers said: “On behalf of Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, I am honoured to be able to sign this covenant as a statement of the commitment from the Trust to the Armed Forces Community.  Military personnel, whether from cadet organisations, as reservists, veterans or service spouses and partners, play a huge part in the life of this organisation and the wider community.  It is right, therefore, that in our role as a corporate citizen, we support such individuals and do what we can to enable such individuals to participate fully, both in the Trust, and also in their military careers.”

The Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director for the East Midlands, John Wilson, attended the signing. 

He said: “The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, will be treated fairly. The Covenant is a national responsibility involving government, businesses, local authorities, charities and the public; businesses can enhance their reputation and corporate social responsibility by supporting Defence through the Covenant and I am delighted that the Trust has made this public declaration of support which is important to the military community in Derbyshire.”

Over 2,450 organisations have signed the Armed Forces Covenant across the UK; 235 are in the East Midlands; 41 in Derbyshire. 

To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk 

Last Modified 30/04/2018