Armed Forces Covenant - Employer Recognition Scheme

Armed Forces Covenant - Employer Recognition Scheme

NELFT is proud to have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant - Employer Recognition Scheme, and is a Silver Award winner!

Armed forces people

Air Vice Marshal Ranald Munro, Royal Airforce presenting the award to Justine Hodge, Recruitment and Retention Lead and Cherrise Chand, Senior HR Manager - Resourcing


The scheme recognises and rewards UK employers for their support to defence personnel. The government is committed to supporting the armed forces community by working with a range of partners who have signed the covenant. The covenant is a national responsibility involving government, businesses, local authorities, charities and the public.

The scheme has three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold award. NELFT has already achieved the Silver award and is currently working towards Gold. The Covenant serves as a promise to those who serve or have served and their families that they will be treated fairly and will be welcomed as employees of NELFT. We are committed to supporting the Armed Forces community and recognise the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families can bring to our organisation.  We believe their unique and valuable skills are transferable to healthcare and can contribute to NELFT’s success.

NELFT will seek to uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, by:

  • promoting the fact that we are an armed forces-friendly organisation through our internal and external communication channels, and our external recruitment process;
  • seeking to support the employment of veterans young and old and working with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), in order to establish a tailored employment pathway for Service Leavers; through participating in the NHS Step into Health programme, which actively supports people from the Armed Forces community in seeking and securing NHS employment.  We will host and participate in insight events across the NELFT geographical patch, promoting work experience and job opportunities;
  • striving to support the employment of Service spouses , partners and dependents through the NHS Step into Health programme, including actively promoting our vacancies through the ‘Military Hive’;
  • endeavouring to offer a degree of flexibility in granting  leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment;
  • seeking to support our employees who choose to be members of the Reserve forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible; through our policy
  • providing 10 days paid leave for reservists.  We will use our communication channels to identify and promote our reservists, show our support for the Armed Forces community and will create a process to ensure current reservists are recorded on our electronic staff record;
  • supporting our Cadet Adult Instructor Volunteers by offering up to 10 days paid leave per year to attend the Cadet Annual Camp;
  • offering support to our local cadet units, either in our local community or in local schools, where possible;
  • actively participate in Armed Forces Day through social media campaigns.

Armed Forces Covenant silver award

Richard Webb, an Integrated Care Liaison Officer in NELFT Redbridge, who served for 23 years in the Royal Engineers, said: “I arrived at the health centre on my first day, it was really busy, an ‘ants nest of activity’, but everyone had a purpose, everyone knew what to do, where to be, what time to be there. I was so happy, I felt I’ve come home; I’d spent most of my life in this environment! I now knew where I wanted to be, it was with the NHS! I had not been this content, or would I have the same level of job satisfaction since I left the Army. NELFT embracing the Armed Force’s Covenant can only be a good thing, after all everybody wins, ex-forces will get the opportunity of a good second career within a well-structured established organisation, with a long history of looking after its people.  NELFT will get well trained, disciplined, and a highly motivated influx of new employees.“

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