We work in partnership with the Step into Health programme, giving servicemen and women the opportunity to experience working in the NHS.
In 2015, we became one of the first trusts to offer members of the Armed Forces who are coming to the end of their service the opportunity to undertake a work attachment programme that could lead to employment, or for already qualified personnel, a guaranteed interview.
We work with the forces’ Career Transition Partnership and Recovery Career Services to offer retiring and medically discharged military staff a variety of appropriate placements across our hospitals. In addition, serving clinical military personnel have the opportunity to work with us as part of their personal development.
Alex Whitfield, Hampshire Hospitals’ chief executive, explained: “People working in the military share many of our values. Our hospitals offer a huge range of exciting and challenging opportunities for people who are compassionate, accountable for their actions, show respect and are always encouraging of others.
“We employ over 5,000 people and are always looking for hard-working people with a huge range of skills and abilities. The military has a pool of dedicated, hard-working people who are looking for a new challenge in a supportive environment. This is a new partnership that we hope will be successful and will continue in the future, benefiting both organisations.”
The programme has gone from strength to strength and we won the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for our work with the Armed Forces in 2017.
If you are interested in the Step into Health programme and would like to find out more, email Megan Fell at Megan.Fell@hhft.nhs.uk