UHMBT Awarded Silver at 2018 Employer Recognition Scheme for Support to Defence

University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Trust (UHMBT) has been awarded for the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award 2018.

The Trust has been recognised for its on-going support to Reservists, Cadets, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers as well as Regular Service personnel who are also employed by UHMBT. The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) was launched in 2014 to reward employers who support Defence People objectives and encourage others to exhibit the same behaviours.

UHMBT colleagues will be invited to attend an official awards ceremony hosted by The North West Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association in November to collect the accolade.

David Wilkinson, Director of People & Organisational Development at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“UHMBT aspires to be effortlessly inclusive in everything that it does – as such, we recognise the enormous contribution made by current and former members of our armed forces, including reservists, and are ensuring that we constantly improve our employment offer to ensure that we recruit military veterans into attractive roles that offer career progression opportunities and we retain them through supportive employment practice.”

Major Rozalind McMeeking, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps QARANC says:

“As a reservist I am supported by immediate colleagues, management and the UHMBT’s Board. The Trust recognises the diverse training and leadership opportunities I receive by granting me the full Reserves leave for my yearly training. When deployed in Afghanistan, not only was I released from civilian duties with ease but enabled to update clinical skills in preparation. UHMBT has also facilitated support to enable the co-ordination of Forces Network meetings, bringing together serving armed forces members and veterans. Being a Reservist at UHMBT is seen as something to be proud of and the support I receive is superb.

Commenting on the announcement of the 2018 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, the Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP said:

“I am delighted to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards. A Silver award recognises the fantastic efforts of employers throughout the UK who have both elevated their commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant and provided actual benefit to the Armed Forces Community. The winners should all be proud of the life-changing impact and fresh opportunities they are providing to our Reservists, veterans, wounded injured and sick and their families. We’ve seen a record number of winners this year, which shows that the Armed Forces family talent pool is also providing tangible business benefit.”

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