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.

 

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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;

https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/military-healthcare/ 

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: 

www.afcnorthamptonshire.co.uk

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:

nccg.afcc@nhs.net

For any media enquiries, please contact:

nccg.communications@nhs.net

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Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support members of staff who are part of the armed forces and their families and inspire other organisations to do the same. 

The 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 to the Armed Forces Covenant.

In May 2018, we were informed that our ESR Silver nomination had been successful. The CCGs remain committed to ensure that ‘our military family’ are not disadvantaged compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services and fully supported in the work place.

Pictured are Kelly West (left) and Pat Haslam (centre), receiving the silver award from Air Commodore Simon Edwards MA RAF on behalf of Nene CCG on 15th November 2018 at Beaumont Hall in Leicestershire.

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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.

https://www.militarystepintohealth.nhs.uk/

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.

https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/about_nhsjobs.html

Supporting our Armed Forces Community

On 5th July 2018, the NHS celebrated its NHS birthday. This event was marked across the country by NHS organisations, including NHS Nene CCG. In the build up to the birthday, the CCG engaged with staff about how they wanted to mark the day, and as a result, a high tea was held on the day itself, with staff dressed in medical and nursing uniforms as well as general 1940s attire.

We could not celebrate this special anniversary without remembering our Armed Forces, past and present and we were very lucky that the Military Vehicle Trust let us ‘borrow’ a fully operational field ambulance (pictured). The NHS employs many military veterans in all roles as well as reservists and family members; they are valued members of any workforce and bring a wealth of experience and diversity.

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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 - nccg.afcc@nhs.net


Last updated: 23/06/2020