Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the prestigious Employers Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award for its continued support of the armed forces community.
The Silver award was presented under the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme for Mersey Care’s support to Defence and the wider Armed Forces community, including being a military friendly employer.
Today’s achievement follows last year’s bronze award being presented to Mersey Care, one of the leading mental and community health trusts in the country, for supporting the armed forces community and those who have served or are serving reservists.
“As a Trust we’ve always valued working alongside service users and that includes the armed forces community, whose views, skills and experience are invaluable to us in shaping the care we provide,” explained Sheila Hamilton, Mersey Care’s Armed Forces Lead.
“We’ve introduced several initiatives to help strengthen our links with the armed forces community and show our commitment to these policies. These include introducing additional paid leave for staff wanting to train as reservists, hosting an annual remembrance event where serving soldiers and veterans come together and the introduction of a veterans steering group to help Mersey Care become more accessible.”
In presenting the silver awards to companies across the North West, Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defence, People and Veterans, said: “I’m grateful for the positive attitude and flexible policies these organisations have adapted towards the defence community, which is testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation.”
Mersey Care has also committed to the Armed Forces Covenant, raising awareness among staff of veterans’ healthcare needs and establishing clear links with service charities and local support providers and became one of only four NHS mental health trusts to be given ‘Veteran Aware’ status by the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) last month.