Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT has been recognised for its commitment to the Armed Forces with a Silver Award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.
The Trust has been working in collaboration with the Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC) and have received their Silver Award only eight months after being awarded the Bronze Award.
The Trust is one of only four NHS Trusts in the North West to be awarded the Silver Award this year.
Dr Fiona New, the Trust lead for the Armed Forces Covenant, said “I’m delighted that we have been recognised with the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award, especially as it is so quickly after we were awarded the Bronze. This is great news for all of us at the Trust, and gives us all more encouragement to continue with our work to make Tameside and Glossop ICFT a better place for veterans to work or to be cared for.”
The Employer Recognition Scheme was launched to reward employers who support Defence People objectives, and encourage others to do the same. This includes employing serving and former members of the Armed Forces community, and demonstrating flexibility towards training and mobilisation commitments for Reservists and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.
Tameside has a long, proud military and Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group have also been awarded Silver.
Chief Executive, Karen James OBE said, “This is fabulous news. Here at the Trust we are committed to providing the best opportunities for members of the Armed forces community, and this work has really helped us to focus on this group in Tameside, making sure that they can access employment and also get the most out of their time with us.”