Reservist Support Initiative Award
Since its creation over 70 years ago, the NHS has maintained a strong relationship with the Armed Forces. In 2012, the Ministry of Defence announced plans to increase the number of medical reservists within the Royal Navy, Army, and Royal Air Force with a vision of gaining wide spread support from employers. Since then, NHS Employers has been working with many organisations across England to develop and embed support for NHS reservists. Through this work we have seen a huge amount of positive support offered by employers.
This award has been created to recognise organisations who have experienced the benefits of employing reservists in the NHS, have made efforts to retain and develop reservists, and particularly where this has been achieved through innovative and partnership working.
There are many examples of activities across England which recognise the value reservists bring to the NHS, these have often taken place through working with Ministry of Defence representatives, charities and local military units. For example, learning from military clinical practices, creating lasting partnerships with local units or running specific activities to share the experience of reservists following deployment.
Winners of this award will be organisations that have worked independently or in partnership with third parties to develop opportunities to recognise the value reservists make to the NHS. They may also be ambitious programmes which can demonstrate examples of innovation, new ways of working and embedding support into the culture of the organisation. The tangible benefits to both the NHS organisation and the individual reservist are just some of the outcomes which judges will be looking for.
- What is the vision behind your drive to support reservists within your workforce?
- What, if relevant, is the local context which has created your ambition?
- Outline any relevant objectives with groups or individuals
- Demonstrable examples of initiatives which have helped people to retain reservists or promote the value to the NHS.
- Anonymised case studies supported by testimonial evidence from stakeholders which supports the value of the initiative.
- Examples of the impact supporting reservists brings to your organisation.
- How have you ensured all reservists are treated equally across your organisation and that line managers are aware of the support available?
- Have other organisations within the NHS been influenced to develop their support following your approach?
- Have you been working in consultation with other organisations to create similar support?
- How has your organisation benefited from having reservists within its workforce?
- How have your reservists benefited from the support provided?
- How have other stakeholders benefited from support provided to reservists?
- Outline the relevant stakeholders whether internal or external, the extent of the involvement and influence on the approach.
- How have you managed competing views on the outcomes and relevance for your organisation?