The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. We have been recognised by the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme with a Gold Award for our support of those who serve.

Who are the Armed Forces Covenant?

The Armed Forces Covenant is led by our Director of Quality and Chief Nurse, Steve Hams, and co-ordinated by our Quality Improvement and Project nurse, Natalie Bynorth.

The team of volunteers consists of 15 champions, all who have served in the Armed Forces or have some experience of military life. We have also recruited six of our staff who have volunteered to become Armed Forces Champions for our Trust.

Their roles within the Trust are varied, both clinical and non-clinical, offering a cross-section of experience including:

  • surgical
  • medical
  • maternity
  • emergency
  • mental health nursing

You can find out more on the Armed Forces Covenant website.

What we do

We work to embed the Armed Forces Covenant by using local Armed Forces resources and support services, to ensure improved health outcomes for serving personnel, veterans and their families who are patients in our Trust.

We have many staff working in our hospitals who have previously been members of the Armed Forces, have partners in the Armed Forces, or serve as Reservists. They are best placed to understand the difficulties these patients and their families experience, and the healthcare challenges they face.