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UHMBT awarded gold award in the defence employer recognition scheme

11 July 2022

  • Colleague health and wellbeing

We are thrilled to announce that UHMBT is one of 156 companies across the UK - including 23 in the north west - who have received the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for outstanding support towards the Armed Forces community. 

Representing the highest badge of honour, Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Awards are awarded to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families. 

This year’s awardees brings the total number of Gold holders to 649. 

To win an award, organisations must provide ten extra paid days leave for Reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, Reserves, and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.  

Organisations must also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community by encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme. 

We are extremely proud to have achieved the gold award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  

What is important to recognise is that we haven't done this alone - it has been the culmination of the incredibly hard work of colleagues and the valuable input from our patients, veterans and local communities. We'd like to thank and congratulate everyone who has supported us to achieve this.  

Whilst we are thrilled to have achieved the gold award, the work doesn't stop here for us. Our teams are absolutely committed to ensuring our Trust is a great place to be cared for and a great place to work; and the armed forces community can play a valuable role in that. Our focus now is to see what else we can do to support more people to make the transition from the armed forces to the NHS. 

To find out more about the ERS and Armed Forces Covenant, see: Employers – North West Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (

Prof. Mike Thomas                                           Aaron Cummins
Chair / Executive Sponsor                                      Chief Executive 
of the UHMBT Armed Forces Network