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UHNM and The Armed Forces

UHNM achieved the gold award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) in 2019, the scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.

To help achieve this UHNM signed The Armed Forces Covenant, which is aimed at promoting fair treatment for the Armed Forces community, removing disadvantage and ensuring that they get the same access to services as the civilian community.

The Trust has also signed up to 'Step into Health' national programme to help all ex-armed service personnel, veterans and their spouse/partner to join the NHS.  The Step into Health programme has been created because the NHS recognises the transferable skills and cultural values that Armed Forces personnel develop when serving, and how they are compatible with those required within NHS roles.

IMG_4824.JPGAUHNM we are committed to working together with the Armed Forces community to help serving members and veterans. The Trust has a very positive, long-standing relationship with the Ministry of Defence and we currently have a number of current staff who are either reservists or veterans. 

In February 2017, University Hospitals of North Midlands welcomed members of the Armed Forces to the Trust to sign the 'Armed Forces Covenant'.

The Armed Forces Covenant is aimed at promoting fair treatment for the Armed Forces community, removing disadvantage and ensuring that they get the same access to services as the civilian community. The Covenant also sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the Armed Forces it recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to members of the Armed Forces and their families.

The two main principles are that:

  • the Armed Forces community should not face disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services in the area where they live;
  • special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.​

Developed in conjunction with The Royal Foundation and Walking With The Wounded, Step into Health provides a dedicated pathway for the Armed Forces community to access the numerous career opportunities available in the NHS.

Step into Health is open to all Service Leavers and Veterans and their spouse/partner. It is an incredible opportunity in which employers are working with the Armed Forces Community to provide career and development opportunities within the NHS.

Find out more at here

Looking for a new career and have you considered the NHS?

202 Field Hospital is a hospital that can be deployed anywhere in the world and set up using tents or existing buildings to provide medical care to soldiers and if need be, civilians, in the field.

The hospital has a proud history of service on the front line. It was the first Reserve Field Hospital during operations in Iraq and also saw action in Afghanistan.

It is made up of dedicated healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses and medical staff from hospitals across the West Midlands, Staffordshire and Shropshire.

Find out more here or email

The Army Reserve is the largest of the Reserve Forces. The Army Reserve provides support to the Regular Army at home and overseas, and throughout its history almost every major operation has seen reservists operate alongside their Regular counterparts.

Army Reserve Soldiers come from all walks of life and work part-time as soldiers for the British Army alongside full-time Regular soldiers.

Regular Reservists are soldiers who have left the Regular army but are recalled in times of need to come back and join operations alongside Regular soldiers.​​​​​​

Find out how to join

Click here to visit our Working Here section to find out about work experience and volunteering at UHNM. You can also find our current vacancies and apply online.

Support for armed forces veterans

Help is available to all former members of the British armed forces from all ranks who have received one day’s pay or more in the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines or Royal Air Force.

We also support any veteran who has served with the Army Reserves, Royal Navy Reserves, Royal Marine Reserves or Royal Air Force Reserves.

You can find out more in our service information leaflet

We know that asking for help, and talking about your experiences in the armed forces, can be extremely difficult. But our friendly team of professionals is here to help you. We understand that many ex-service personnel worry that a civilian service may not be able to understand or help them, but our team is experienced in working with veterans and also works closely with other veterans' organisations across Staffordshire