It’s Armed Forces Week and we’re celebrating our army of ex-service personnel who’ve switched from serving on the frontline to the frontline of the NHS.

Oxford Health has a proud record of supporting those who have had careers in the RAF, Amy and Royal Navy to find fulfilling careers with us and utilising their many transferable skills.

And we are calling on any servicemen and women who are considering leaving the forces to join us through our Step into Health programme.

The Step into Health programme is a partnership between the NHS, Walking with the Wounded and The Royal Foundation – and helps service leavers, veterans and military family members to find new a new worthwhile career in the NHS.

Oxford Health works closely with the local forces communities to provide career and development opportunities. Last year, The Ministry of Defence upgraded our Employer Recognition Scheme from bronze to silver, because of the work we are doing to support the armed forces communities.

Dr Nick Broughton, chief executive of Oxford Health, said: “Armed forces colleagues are known for their empathy, leadership and dedication.

“Oxford Health offers rewarding roles for service people keen to learn new skills and take on a positive career caring for people in our community.

“We’re keen to hear from anyone with a history in the services. Now is the perfect time to join Oxford Health and make a difference.”

Over the past couple of years, we have held Insight Days which have resulted in the successful employment of armed forces personnel and have offered guidance and support to many others.

With lockdown restrictions, we are unable to run an Insight Day this year, but we would still love to hear from anyone interested in a career with Oxford Health.

If you would like to find out more information about the Step into Health programme and how we support the armed forces community please contact our armed forces champion, Di Woodward, by emailing diane.woodward@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk or calling 01865 902316.

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