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Workshop for ex-military

The Trust held the first ever workshop designed specifically to support ex-military personnel into NHS jobs.  Representatives of the Trust, NHS Employers and The Officers Association were joined by ex-military candidates to explore the opportunities the NHS can offer.

Mark Hindmarsh, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, said: “Each year people leave the Military to go and work in another industry.  Many of them want to come and work in the NHS in nonclinical roles but often feel they don’t fit the criteria. We know there are people out there with just the skills we are looking for so we wanted do a little more to try and help them make the transition from Military to NHS.”

Breakout sessions were held where guests could find out more about how the NHS works, a ‘speed dating’ session to briefly hear about people’s roles and advice on a mock job application. The workshop began with the Trust signing up to support the NHS Employers “Step Into Health” programme, which is the NHS scheme aimed and supporting military personnel into NHS jobs.  Current staff who have made the transition from Military to NHS also shared their experiences of life in the NHS.

The event will also help support the Trust to achieve the gold standard Employers Recognition Award from the Military for supporting ex-military into civilian life. Only a handful of trusts in the UK have achieved this and the Trust currently has the silver standard.

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