Royal approval for scheme to encourage military leavers and veterans to join EEAST

Date: 12 March 2018

Step into health 2018

A national scheme that encouraged military leavers and veterans to join the ambulance service has received a royal seal of approval.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) is one of the first 30 Trusts to sign-up to the Step into Health initiative, which is aimed at encouraging people from a military background, or their dependents, to embark on a new career in the NHS. 

The Duke of Cambridge officially launched the programme during a ceremony in London in January, which was also attended by the EEAST’s Director of Service Delivery, Kevin Brown and Armed Forces Champion, Terry Hicks.

Terry said: “We are proud to be part of a scheme which is supporting the people who have put their lives on the line for this country, and their families. It was great to be part of the official launch of the Step Into Health Programme, which we know will make a big difference.

“Veterans and people who are leaving the armed forces have a superbly transferable skill set and aptitude to working in a dynamic and diverse environment which will make a tremendous impact within the communities that EEAST serves. The Trust also supports reservist commitments that many leavers have through additional time-off and policy arrangements.”

Members of the armed forces with health-related skills and qualifications will be encouraged to take part but there are also a host of other opportunities available within EEAST and across the wider NHS that don’t require any formal clinical qualifications.

Careers are not limited in the NHS to frontline roles and also include maintenance, administration, finance, communications and management. The Trust also offers opportunities to work within the dispatch and call handling functions, as well as offering work placements and training opportunities for people from military backgrounds.

Terry added: “Work placements are designed to provide members of the armed forces the chance to gain experience along with understanding of where skills are transferrable and career opportunities. We are working with the Forces Career Transition Partnership to offer a variety of appropriate placements across the Trust.”

Step Into Health was developed by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Walking with the Wounded, and The Royal Foundation, which is the Duke of Cambridge’s charity. Further details can be found by visiting http://militarystepintohealth.nhs.uk/contact-us/

 

  • Summary:

    A national scheme that encouraged military leavers and veterans to join the ambulance service has received a royal seal of approval.