NHS Sussex receives Gold Award for support to Armed Forces community

NHS Sussex has received the highest level of accreditation in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Award programme for our commitment to supporting the armed forces community.

The Employer Recognition Scheme is run by the Ministry of Defence and with three tiers of award, the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards recognise the different levels of commitment provided by organisations who pledge, demonstrate and advocate their support for the defence community.

The Gold Award, the highest award in the scheme, highlights the organisation’s dedication to work with the armed forces community.

The recognition acknowledges that NHS Sussex has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant; the work of our Armed Forces Network; and the role of our organisation in advocating support to defence people with partner organisations, suppliers and customers with tangible positive results.

In total, 643 organisations in the South East have earned a Gold Award since the scheme was launched in 2014, with 156 being awarded in this latest round.

The Gold Award was presented to NHS Sussex by Col (Retd) Mark Siebenaller VR TD who is the chair of Employer Engagement, South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (SERFCA), who joined Adam Doyle, Chief Executive; Mark Smith, Chief People Officer; and Kate Parkin, Director – NHS Armed Forces Community, at Sackville House in Lewes on Monday 15 April 2024.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

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