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RWT Celebrates Armed Forces Week

RWT Celebrates Armed Forces Week

Date of release: 22 June 2020

Members of the armed forces community are being reminded of the career opportunities and wider support available at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust ahead of Reserves Day on Wednesday and Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community: from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

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Over the past three years the Trust has reinforced its commitment to providing support to the armed forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant, taking part in the Step into Health programme and being awarded the bronze and silver Defence Employer Recognition Scheme awards.

This year staff from RWT attended a reception hosted by The Duke of Cambridge at Kensington Palace for their work supporting ex-armed forces personnel and their families into careers in the NHS.

Andy Roberts, a clinical technologist at RWT, served eight years in the Royal Engineers.

On his second tour he was involved in a blast injury to his left leg which cut short his military career.

Andy said: “After a period of working for myself and not knowing what to do for a future meaningful career I came across the Step into Health programme which helps ex services personnel to gain employment within the NHS.

“Luckily The Royal Wolverhampton Trust is fully supportive of this programme and after a few meetings with the Trusts Armed Forces champion and a tour of the EBME department I applied for a vacancy as a clinical technologist.

“I had always considered and explored applying for different jobs although felt easily overwhelmed and doubted my ability when looking at job specifications.

"I had support throughout the application and interview process, which really built my confidence to have the courage to apply for the post.

“Now I’m working within my role I’ve found my previous engineering, construction skills and “can do” attitude has been invaluable.

“I feel that my military ethos and transferable skills have made it easy for me fit in my team “EBME”. Fulfilling my role and receiving positive feedback from colleagues and my management has made me feel part of a team again. I have regained both purpose and confidence which would not have been possible without the commitment from the RWT to the Step into Health Programme.”

David Loughton, Chief Executive of RWT, said: “There is more to hospitals than just doctor and nurses and we have lots of roles that former armed forces and reservists can help fill with their expert skills developed during their military training and deployments.

“We recognise the values and transferable skills that the Armed Forces community bring and recognise their compatibility with our roles.”

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