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16 September 2019

UH Bristol recognised for supporting British armed forces

University Hospitals Bristol has been awarded an Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver award for its work in supporting both present and past members of the British armed forces and their families.

The Employee Recognition Scheme is run by the Ministry of Defence and encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.

In order to be recognised as a Silver organisation, UH Bristol showed their support for members of the armed forces in a number of ways, including signing the Armed Forces Covenant, actively ensuring their workforce is aware of the positive policies towards defence people issues and employing at least one individual from the armed forces.

Speaking about the awards, Peter Russell, head of resourcing at UH Bristol said:

"Receiving an ERS Silver award is an achievement we're extremely proud of. Supporting armed service personnel and their families is so important, and we've done a number of things that ensure we are a Forces Friendly employer. These include hosting events such as an Armed Forces day in June 2019 and having ongoing practises such as recognising armed forces staff within the Trust and highlighting positive policies that affect them and benefit them in their work."

UH Bristol, along with other recently recognised organisations will be officially recognised at the Lord Lieutenant Award Ceremony later in the year.

Commenting on the announcement of the 2019 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards, Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said:    

"These awards recognise the outstanding support for our armed forces from employers across Britain and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.

"Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give." 

 

 


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