Trust which runs Grantham Hospital signs pledge with armed forces

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.

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

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.

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

Mr Fathers said: “We’re delighted to be signing the Armed Forces Covenant. 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.

“We recognise that our Reserve Forces employees have developed personal skills and attributes through their military training undertaken in their spare time; this is of business benefit to this Trust.

“We also support local people and 25 per cent of the Royal Air Force are based in our catchment area. A number of our employees are from military families and the Covenant is another demonstration of our commitment to our workforce as a whole.”

ULHT is already looking to develop the relationship with 2 Medical Regiment. In addition Mr Fathers recently visited Sobraon Barracks in Lincoln to meet reservists.

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director for the East Midlands, 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.

“The Trust already has a number of reservists and veterans that have taken their military training and expertise into the workplace. By signing the Armed Forces Covenant they’ve reaffirmed their commitment to support these employees and those from military families.”

To learn more about the Armed Forces Covenant visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk

More details about ULHT can be found at www.ulh.nhs.uk