Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust has been recognised for the high level of support they offer their Reserve employees, after being presented a Silver Award under the Employer Recognition Scheme.
The certificate, which was signed by the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff, was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire at recent ceremonies in Devizes.
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of clinical care, including general acute and emergency services, to approximately 225,000 people in Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire. Further specialist services extend this cover to a much wider population of more than three million people.
With close to 4,000 staff, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust is a major regional employer in their local community. With a long and supportive history of employing staff in the Reserve Forces, they have proven to be a valuable and important influencer in the wider Armed Forces community too.
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust has demonstrated their support by going above-and-beyond to provide for the security and support of their Reservist employees. From providing their Reservists with extra time off for training, to collaborating in their mobilisation for long-term commitments, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust has proven to be a deeply valued supporter of the Defence community.
Julian Brazier TD MP, Minister for Reserves said: “I am delighted with the positive response to the Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme, launched by the Prime Minister in July this year. Over 360 employers have already been recognised with the Silver Award via this scheme. We look forward to recognising many more employers in future.”
Alison Kingscott, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Salisbury District Hospital, said: “We have a strong military presence here in Salisbury and the surrounding area and a proud history and tradition of support for our Armed Forces. We are delighted with this award which reflects our commitment in this area and want to thank the Wessex Reserve Forces & Cadets Association for their recognition of the work that we do here to support them and military personnel.”
For further information please contact:
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 01722 425170
Notes to Editors:
Wessex Reserve Forces & Cadets Association is a community-based regional organisation which has a statutory remit to advise the Defence Council on Reservist issues, independent of the Ministry of Defence.
The Association promotes and supports Reserve Forces and cadets in the South West of England and also harnesses the extensive knowledge and experience of its membership to facilitate better dialogue and understanding between military and civilian communities, particularly employers of Reservists through its Regional SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers) Campaign Director.
Support for uniformed cadet organisations ensures that young people are helped to develop the skills and qualities needed to become active and responsible members of their local communities.
The Association also has unrivalled expertise in managing multi-million pound works and estates budgets on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.