Hospitals trust pledges armed forces support

Dean Fathers, chairman of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and Major Charles Dickens, of 2 Medical Regiment, Royal Army Medical Corps, sign the Armed Forces Covenant.
Dean Fathers, chairman of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and Major Charles Dickens, of 2 Medical Regiment, Royal Army Medical Corps, sign the Armed Forces Covenant.
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The trust which runs Grantham Hospital has pledged its support to the armed forces community by signing a covenant.

Chairman of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) Dean Fathers signed the Armed Forces Covenant alongside Major Charles Dickens of 2 Medical Regiment, Royal Army Medical Corps, at Grantham Hospital last week.

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Lincolnshire, Toby Dennis, was among those to attend the signing.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. It provides an opportunity for employers to confirm publicly that they recognise the value serving personnel, regular and reservists, veterans and military families contribute to our country.

Some of those defence personnel are among the 7,500 people employed by ULHT across it sites in Lincolnshire.

Mr Fathers said: “Those with a military background have skills and experiences that are difficult to replicate as well as leadership and teamwork capabilities.

“We can also offer something to them with the skills we have in our organisation, and that’s not just in medical fields.”

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s regional employer engagement director, said: “Organisations can benefit by supporting the Armed Forces community and that’s particularly relevant with the relationship being developed between ULHT and 2 Medical Regiment.”