Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT have been recognised for its commitment to the Armed Forces with a Bronze Award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.
The Trust has been working in collaboration with the Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC). Tameside has a long, proud military history. Ashton was once home to the Ladysmith Barracks, the home of the Manchester Regiment, and the Royal Army Pay Corps.
Dr Fiona New, the Trust lead for the Armed Forces Covenant, said “I’m delighted that we have been recognized with the Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award. We are so committed to providing the best possible care for all our patients and this work has really helped us to focus on the armed forces community in Tameside and making sure that they can access our services in the right way and also get the most out of their time with us.”
The Trust is one of four NHS Trusts in the country to be awarded the Bronze Award. The Bronze Award is for agreeing to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant, which is there to ensure no member of the armed forces community is disadvantaged because of their service.
The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
The Employer Recognition Scheme is designed primarily to recognise private sector support although public sector organisations such as the emergency services, local authorities, NHS trusts and executive agencies are also eligible to be recognised.