Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust recognised by Government’s Reserve Forces Award

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Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust recognised by Government’s Reserve Forces Award
24 November 2014

THE Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, one of the largest in the North West, has been recognised as Silver Award holder under the government’s new Employer Recognition Scheme for supporting the Reserve Forces.

The Trust was one of nine organisations receiving certificates signed by the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff, including: Cheshire West and Chester Council, DWF LLP, Eddie Stobart, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, North West Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority, The Environment Agency, Trafford Council and United Utilities.

Joanne Moore, divisional director for medicine at the Trust, received the prestigious award on behalf of the Trust from Mrs Abila Pointing MBE DL, High Sheriff of Merseyside, and Colonel Mark Underhill, Chief Executive of the North West of England and the Isle of Man Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association, during a special evening event at Naval Regional Command North of England in Liverpool celebrating the support given by employers to Reservists in the region.

Just nine employers from across the region, out of 500 which were nominated nationally, were successful in winning the award.

Colonel Mark Underhill, Chief Executive of the North West of England and the Isle of Man Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association, said:

“NW RFCA, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, is honoured to be able to recognise the level of support and commitment given to the Armed Forces by organisations in the region. Each recipient has demonstrated not only that they value the ethos of the Armed Forces but also that they are prepared to help Reservists, former servicemen and women and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers in the workplace.  The experiences gained through service with the Reserve Forces or volunteering with the Cadet organisations equip individuals with invaluable life skills – motivation, self-discipline, confidence, communication, teamwork and leadership – all of which make a positive contribution to any organisation.

“The launch of the Employer Recognition Scheme was a commitment made in the July 2013 White Paper entitled ‘Reserves in the Future Force 2020: Valuable and Valued’, and takes into account the views of a wide range of companies and industry bodies who championed the value of publicly recognising employers supportive to Reservists.”

Joanne Moore, divisional director for medicine at the Trust (pictured) said:

“The Trust fully supports our brave, dedicated and highly skilled staff who choose to volunteer with 207 (Manchester) Field Hospital (Volunteers) Medical Services Unit. We recognise and applaud the vitally important role that our staff bring to the reservist unit and, in turn, the experience, skills and qualities that our staff develop from their involvement that can be offered and transferred to colleagues to develop the services we provide to patients across our hospitals and services. This Silver Award is a great honour and we are delighted and extremely proud to be recognised for supporting the Reserved Forces.” 

Reservists in the North West of England service in the Royal Naval Reserve, the Royal Marines Reserve, the Army Reserve and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. They can be mobilized wherever they are needed to work alongside Regular Armed Forces, and are trained to the same high standard as their Regular counterparts