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Trust‘s second award in less than a year for supporting Britain’s armed forces

A Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire health trust has been granted a second award in less than a year for backing Britain’s military.

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) has been granted a 2020 Silver Award from the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS) for its commitment to being a forces-friendly employer.

It comes after the Trust received an ERS Bronze Award in January this year for signing-up to the Armed Forces Covenant – a national commitment of fairness towards serving and former servicemen and women, and their families.

RDaSH Chairman Alan Lockwood said: “At the time we said we were determined to go for gold and now we are halfway there, thanks to staff championing this very important initiative in numerous ways.

“The Trust has flexible working arrangements that enable reservists to take time off for military duties and we sponsor a local cadet unit, allowing them use one of our buildings for parade evenings. We support the employment of veterans and service leavers by providing a mentor/advisor to help their transition into civilian life.

“We employ a number of veterans and really value the skills and work ethic they bring to the business. To help further we aim to set up an Armed Forces Network to support employees who are reservists or veterans, and their partners.”

RDaSH job vacancies are now published on a special website for those leaving the armed forces and staff attend recruitment fairs to promote the Trust as a potential employer.

Pauline King, Assistant Regional Employer Engagement Director at Reserve Forces’ & Cadets Association for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: ““We put organisations through a very rigorous assessment process before making this award, this is not a tick box exercise. RDaSH has demonstrated how well it has turned commitment into reality by introducing many supportive measures and we are delighted the Trust has achieved the high Silver Award standard.”