Trust receives Silver Award for services to Armed Forces

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has received a Silver Award under the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) for its work supporting the Armed Forces.

The ERS was launched to reward employers who support Defence People objectives and encourage others to exhibit the same behaviours.

Now, the trust will be presented with the Silver Award at a ceremony at the Guildhall in Hull in November.

Chief Executive Chris Long said: “I am very proud that our organisation is to be presented with the Silver Award from the Armed Forces.

“Our staff are committed to ensuring Armed Forces personnel, reservists and veterans can access high-quality health care when they need it. We are also proud to have a number of reservists working in the organisation.

“We value what they do for this country and the health care of our Armed Forces will always be a priority for our trust.”

Chief Executive Chris Long

The trust already held the Bronze Award for its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant and will receive the Silver Award at a black tie ceremony on November 22.

As a Silver Award employer, the trust will be entitled to carry the livery on its stationery and in all its publications.

Operations director Michelle Kemp said: “We were determined to build on the success of the Bronze Award we already held and it’s a great honour to receive the Silver Award.

“Our staff are trained to understand the needs of serving personnel and their families and we will continue to work with our Armed Forces colleagues to ensure we continue to improve our service.”

Tobias Ellwood, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, said the award recognised the “fantastic efforts” of the trust and other employers who had elevated their commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant to provide actual benefit to the Armed Forces Community.

He said: “The winners should all be proud of the life-changing impact and fresh opportunities they are providing to our reservists, veterans, wounded, injured and sick and their families.”