Reserves Day and Armed Forces Day – Showing our support

Armed Forces Day

We are proud to be celebrating Reserves Day (22 June) and Armed Forces Day (25 June) again this year, to show our support for the armed forces community. From currently serving troops to the families of those serving or who have served, veterans, reservists and cadets, these brave individuals make sacrifices every day to keep our nation safe and protect people across the world.

Here’s what’s happening at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust this week:

Monday 20 June

Delighted to relaunch The Art of Resilience – free online masterclass for the military community today, to coincide with Reserves Day and Armed Forces Day this week. Hosted by Somerset Recovery College and starting in September. Bookings now open to anyone in the UK. 

Click here to view pdf poster >


Tuesday 21 June

Battlefield medical simulation at Musgrove Park Hospital Jubilee Concourse today. NHS clinicians working together with clinicians from 243 (Wessex) Field Hospital Army Reserve Medical Services.

Drop by our armed forces display stands in Musgrove Park Hospital Jubilee Concourse and outside the canteen at Yeovil District Hospital. For information on our colleague network, Defence Medical Welfare Service and innovative Sector based Work Academy recruitment Programme (SWAPS). Stand will be on display until Sunday 26 June.

Hayley Pollitt, former Royal Navy Seaman Specialist pdf >

Wednesday 22 June (Reserves Day)

Showing our support for reserves day. Proud to be supporting our reservist colleagues to deliver first-class medical support anywhere in the world. Visit 243 (Wessex) Field Hospital stand at Musgrove Park Hospital Jubilee Concourse today to find out more about reservist opportunities.

NHS colleagues who commit to being military reservists provide a unique exchange of skills and experience between their clinical and military settings. Two colleagues share their story in our NHS by Day, Army Reservist by special leave feature:

NHS leader by day NEW – YouTube >
Click here for ‘Life as a reservist – Simon’s Story’ pdf >

Armed forces and veteran colleague network

Our armed forces and veteran colleague network is united across Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation trust, connecting colleagues from the UK and overseas military community. Allies who have no military connection but a desire to show their support are also welcome.

We are working together to continually improve the experience of our colleagues and patients from the military community. Network members can get involved in many different ways, as much or as little as they like. From joining a virtual café to listen, reflect and contribute to the topic of discussion, to supporting engagement stands, sharing your ideas, writing a story or helping us with admin and spreading the word on what we do – all contributions are valued and all voices are heard.

For more information and any queries, email:

Thank you for your support

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