NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has achieved the Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award [on Friday 14 December 2018] for its commitment to support ex-military personnel.

It gained the award after signing the Government’s Armed Forces Covenant earlier this year, which is a promise by the nation to ensure that members of the Armed Forces community are not disadvantaged when accessing public services.

As part of this the NHSBSA has pledged to be armed forces-friendly and open to employing reservists, armed forces veterans (including the wounded, injured and sick), cadet instructors and military spouses/partners.

Jane Miller, Head of Wellbeing and Inclusion at NHSBSA said: “This award affirms NHSBSA’s commitment to supporting ex-service personnel and is a positive step forward. Some veterans find it extremely difficult to make the transition from military to civilian life and we hope our commitment will also inspire other organisations to do the same.

“Being a forces-friendly employer benefits us from the wide range of skills and experiences that reservists and veterans offer, along with the self-confidence, resourcefulness and positive attitude they gain through service in the Armed Forces. We’re passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive place to work which truly reflects the diversity of our customers.

Attracting talented people from all backgrounds is a key part of that”.

The government has published the national Armed Forces Covenant, which sets the tone for national policy to improve the support available for the armed forces community.

The core principles are that members of the armed forces community do not suffer disadvantage as a result of their service and that they receive special treatment, where appropriate.

For further information visit the Armed Forces Covenant pages on the GOV.UK website.

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