Trust wins gold award in Armed Forces employer recognition scheme

Oxford Health has won the gold award in a prestigious award scheme recognising the Trust provides the highest level of support to staff members from the Armed Forces community

Trust wins gold award in Armed Forces employer recognition scheme

The Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme recognises positive actions by organisations across the UK to ensure these employees are not unfairly disadvantaged in recruitment and are properly supported at work.

Oxford Health is one of only 26 organisations across the south east of England to receive the gold award this week, the highest level of accreditation under the scheme. The awards recognise support provided to all those with a connection to the Armed Forces including reservists, veterans, cadet force adult volunteers, as well as spouses and partners. Marks & Spencer, Hilton Hotels and Toyota are among leading employers recognised.

CEO Grant MacDonald said:

“We have a proud record supporting those who have served in the RAF, Army and Royal Navy to find fulfilling careers with us, bringing their many transferable skills to the Trust. They are a huge asset.

“So, we’re delighted to be a forces-friendly employer and for this to be recognised with this award, which reflects our very real commitment to supporting staff from the Armed Forces community. We want to give veterans, reservists and their families every opportunity to build a fulfilling career with us. Come and join us.”

Oxford Health, which previously held silver status with the scheme, has now met new commitments to win gold, including:

  • Providing 10 extra paid days leave for reservists
  • Supportive HR policies in place for Armed Forces community staff
  • Advocating for partners, suppliers and others to provide more support for those in this community

Minister for Defence People, Veterans and Service Families, Dr Andrew Murrison, said:

“I would like to thank all the organisations that have been recognised in this year’s awards. I’m delighted that we have seen so many organisations recognised with a gold award. Their continued support demonstrates the unique benefits and strengths that our Armed Forces community can bring to the workplace.”

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Published: 12 July 2023