Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust held an event on 14 September 2021 to celebrate their twin achievements of becoming ‘Veteran Aware’ accredited and simultaneously gaining Silver status in the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).
The Trust – that operates over 10 sites – joins 19 other Veteran Aware accredited healthcare providers in the region. It has demonstrated its commitment to the Armed Forces Community and “richly deserves both accolades,” said Kathryn Glass, the Veteran Covenant Healthcare Alliance’s (VCHA) Regional Lead for the North West.
Kathryn praised the Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust saying “it has consistently and robustly demonstrated their commitment to the ex-Armed Forces community,” and stated they “are worthy recipients of not just VCHA Accreditation, but of the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver status.”
“Their drive and passion for developing and embedding workforce opportunities and patient service improvements across all of the 10 sites is a phenomenal achievement. By becoming VCHA Accredited, they have ensured that the ex-Armed Forces community across many boroughs of Greater Manchester will benefit from the organisation’s investment and commitment to those who served and to their families. Let’s not forget those in the Reserves, too, who will also benefit. Well done to all involved!” she concluded.
The VCHA is committed to improving Armed Forces and Veteran care whilst raising standards for all. 97 NHS providers in England are now Veteran Aware accredited, and the Veteran Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) aims to have all Trusts in England accredited by November 2022 at the latest. Find out more about our work here.