Trust recognised for Armed Forces support

Posted: 28/07/21

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Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) has become one of 19 North East employers to gain a silver award in recognition of its support to the Armed Forces.

The Trust has been chosen to receive the award under the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme, launched to reward employers who support Defence People objectives and encourage others to show the same behaviours.

The Employer Recognition Scheme encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces’ community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

To win a silver award, organisations must provide five extra 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.

John Lawlor, Chief Executive at CNTW, said: “We are honoured to be given this recognition, which is testament to the hard work and dedication of our teams who have embraced this partnership.

“We are passionate about supporting our Armed Forces and recognise the valuable contribution former personnel can make working in our organisation. Being given this award further demonstrates our work to improve the lives of veterans and their families.”

Commenting on the announcement of the 2021 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Leo Docherty MP, said: “I would like to thank all the organisations who have proven their support for the Defence community during such unprecedented and challenging times.

“The vast range of those recognised this year demonstrates how employing the Armed Forces community makes a truly positive and beneficial impact for all employers, regardless of size or sector.”

The award is one of a number of measures the Trust has worked on to help veterans. The Trust signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging support for the Armed Forces community and ensuring veterans get the same access to services.

CNTW was also named a Veteran Aware Trust earlier this year in recognition of its commitment to improving NHS care for veterans, reservists, members of the Armed Forces and their families.

Recently, the Trust created a staff network for veterans and other employees with linked to the Armed Forces. The Network aims to ensure staff receive specific support and regular communication, and to enhance non-military staff’s understanding of the Armed Forces.

CNTW also provides specialist mental health services for former armed services personnel experiencing severe mental health problems. If you, or someone you know, is an armed forces veteran and struggling with their mental health, expert help is available. Speak to your GP or contact Op Courage, the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing service, on 0300 373 33 32 or email [email protected].