On Monday 30th April 2018 our Chairman, John Rivers, pledged the support of the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton to the Armed Forces by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
The trust is proud to work closely with the Armed Forces; we recognise the skills which can be transferable between the Military and the NHS. The Trust have signed the Armed Forces Covenant which is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in their communities, economy and society.
The purpose of the corporate covenant is to encourage support for service men and women, their families and veterans living and working in Derbyshire and Staffordshire. It encourages everyone within our organisation to offer support to the local Armed Forces community, making it easier for service personnel, families and veterans to receive help from the Ministry of Defence and other charitable and voluntary sector groups.
UHDB employ staff who are members of the Reserve Forces and we recognise the valuable contribution that our Reservists make to the UK Armed Forces and their communities. Reservists provide invaluable skills acquired through their military roles. Employees who are with the Reserves and Cadet Forces will have their two weeks annual training covered by one week of paid leave and one week of either annual leave or unpaid leave. Being a reservist is a great way to progress in your career in health and obtain new skills.
The Trust offer a guaranteed interview scheme for all members or veterans of the armed services, whether that be for people looking to join the trust or who are already working for us, as long as you meet the essential criteria of the vacancy you are applying for.
The Trust fully supports all staff who are members of or who are wishing to become members of, or who have previously served with the Armed Forces. We welcome job applications from the Armed Forces community, including military spouses and dependents, and we are committed to providing a supportive environment throughout your career with us.
The covenant will strengthen the ties between ourselves and 212 Field Hospital (Sheffield), with whom we are working to develop shared opportunities for staff. We support and encourage our staff to join the armed forces as reservists and will be working with the Armed Forces to proactively support their reservist recruitment.
The Trust also supports Armed Forces personnel under the Step Into Health scheme and by undertaking work experience in the Trust to find the right career for them.
The Trust is delighted to have signed the Step into Health pledge. This connects the Trust to talent from the Armed Forces community by offering access into employment and career development opportunities, as well as undertaking work experience. By signing the pledge we recognise at UHDB, the value and transferable skills serving armed forces personnel, veterans and military families bring to the Trust.