Armed Forces Covenant


NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant in partnership with local councils, police, members of the voluntary sector and the civilian community of Northamptonshire.


armed forces covenant

The Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community. Its purpose is to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the members of the armed forces living in the local community, particularly those who have given the most. This applies to current and ex-members of the Armed Forces, families and widow(er)s living in Northamptonshire.

Armed Forces Healthcare

How the NHS can help if you're in military service, a reservist or a veteran, please see link below; 

The Armed Forces Covenant website Northamptonshire is online.

A new digital hub for the armed forces community in Northamptonshire including support services, housing, education and employment opportunities:

Are you a part of our Military Community, regular serving, reservist, cadets, military veteran or family member,  would like more information about the support available to you?  Please contact:

For any media enquiries, please contact:

Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

NHS Northamptonshire CCG has achieved a Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold award for actively demonstrating its support and advocacy for the armed forces community.

The CCG is one of three organisations in the county to receive Gold ERS awards, alongside Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. They are among a record 17 recipients across the East Midlands this year.

Under the ERS, employers support defence personnel and encourage others to do the same. The scheme has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold for organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support for defence and the armed forces community.

To achieve Gold, organisations must demonstrate that they provide 10 extra paid days leave for Reserves and have supportive HR policies in place for Veteran, Reserves, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, and spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.

Sarah Stansfield, Deputy Chief Executive at NHS Northamptonshire CCG, said:

“We are very proud to have been awarded a Gold Award within the Defence and Employer Recognition Scheme. As an organisation we have continually supported our military community and to reflect this signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2013.

“As part of this, we have implemented policies that support Reservists, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, veterans and family members across the county and we have committed to continuously supporting our military family in the workplace.”

Announcing the awards, Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, said:

“The breadth and diversity of the winners this year shows how business support for the Armed Forces continues to grow no matter the sector, company size or location.

“I am grateful for the positive attitude and flexible policies these organisations have adapted towards the defence community, which is testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation. 

“I am delighted that so many companies are supporting our people and that, through this scheme, we can give them the public recognition they deserve.”

Cat Suckling, the Ministry of Defence’s Assistant Regional Employer Engagement Director for the East Midlands, said: 

“I’m thrilled that we can announce a record number of Gold award winners for the region. I know all of these organisations have worked hard to support Defence objectives and they are all very worthy winners.”

2020 marks the seventh year of the awards scheme and this year 47 per cent of winners across the UK are either micro-organisations or small- and medium sized enterprises, while 38 per cent are public organisations. This demonstrates both the growth in numbers and the depth of supportive employers who cover a wide range of sectors and company size.

This year’s 127 award winners join a group of 226 winners from previous years bringing the total to 353 organisations who can share their knowledge and experience on the benefits of employing those from the Armed Forces community.

To find out more about the ERS and how your organisation could support defence personnel in the workplace through the Armed Forces Covenant, email Cat Suckling at or call 07864 982 420. For more information visit

Are you interest in working for the NHS?

Northamptonshire CCG has pledged its support to the Step into Health programme. Step into Health supports members of the Armed Forces community to gain employment in the NHS.

How does it work?

Step into Health is made up of NHS organisations which have pledged their support to the programme.

Through Step into Health, members of the Armed Forces community can connect to NHS organisations to set up training opportunities, clinical and general work placements, insight days and receive application support. The programme provides a dedicated pathway into a career in the NHS.

This year the CCG signed up to Step into Health which provides a contact for Armed Forces leavers to sign post opportunities within Northamptonshire’s NHS, under the CCG Workforce Team.

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is the Ministry of Defence working with Right Management. Leave the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force or the Royal Marines at any rank and you can benefit from resettlement support, career transition advice and training opportunities.  We have a rolling advert on the Careers Transition Partnership website which points to the Northamptonshire Best of Both World’s job website.

NHS Jobs is a dedicated online recruitment service for the NHS. Every NHS organisation within England and Wales advertises their job opportunities with NHS Jobs. In addition a number of organisations outside the NHS have chosen to advertise their health related vacancies on NHS Jobs too.

Families Federations

The Families Federations are pleased to be hosting a couple of webinars on Forces Families Jobs (FFJs) later this month, please see attached poster. If you are seeking to recruit new team members into your organisation from the Armed Forces community, why not join the FFJs free lunchtime webinar for employers on Tuesday 22 September from 12-1 pm? Register online and meet the FFJ Team and hear how easy the site is to use. There is also a webinar for families looking for employment on Thursday 24 September 12-1pm.

Criminal Justice System Animation and Virtual Productions

The Veterans & Families Research Hub has released its second Criminal Justice System animation. This is designed to get information and important facts out to key worker.


This year’s Edinburgh Fringe has gone virtual, and the British Army has developed some productions which are now available electronically - Many of the Fringe productions are relevant to Veterans and/or the understanding of Veterans.

Winner of Northampton’s Inspirational Woman Award 2017 

Pat Haslam, Armed Forces Covenant Lead, Northamptonshire CCGs has been named the most inspirational woman in Northampton. Pat is an ambassador in promoting the Northamptonshire Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) Scheme alongside GPs, partner organisations and voluntary sector, ensuring that veterans are directed to the right support services.

Should you require any further information regarding support services or have a query relating to the Armed Forces Covenant, please do not hesitate to contact Pat by emailing -

Last updated: 16/09/2020