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Working With Our Armed Forces

Employer Recognition Scheme

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the Employers Armed Forces Covenant Bronze Award (working towards Silver) in recognition of its efforts in supporting the armed forces community, ex-armed forces, reservists and their families into work in the NHS and fostering a welcoming environment.

Chief Executive, Joe Rafferty said: “We value the skills and competencies that armed forces community and their families bring to the Trust, including the expert knowledge and understanding they can bring to the care we provide to armed forces community service users.”


Here are some benefits of employing armed forces colleagues in the NHS


Who we employ

We employ more than 8,000 staff. This figure is made up of: doctors, nurses, psychological therapists and allied health professionals. However, the Trust is also supported by: managers, administrators, operational and security staff, logisticians, IT, engineers and maintenance staff. There are in fact over 350 different roles within the NHS.

We already have many highly valued members of the armed forces working within the Trust and we recognise the benefits of the skills, training and experience that ex-armed forces and reservists bring to their work.

Reservists have additional support from our Leave for Personal and Family Reasons Policy which details Mersey Care’s commitment to support reservists, including their entitlement to 10 days paid leave (pro-rata) to attend annual training.

Regular NAFFI breaks at our Life Rooms bring together our armed forces community staff and service users, local veteran voluntary sector organisations and armed forces from local barracks.  

The Trust armed forces lead and Armed Forces Oversight Group brings together ex-armed forces staff and strives to continuously improve the work we do as a Trust in supporting members of the armed forces community with physical or mental health problems.

Mersey Care has also joined the Veteran Aware Hospitals Alliance which showcases high quality armed forces community healthcare and supports hospitals to learn from each other by sharing best practice.



Step into Health

Mersey Care has pledged to support the recruitment of members of the Armed Forces community into the NHS through the Step into Health programme.

Step Into Health offers an access route into employment and other career development opportunities within the NHS to members of the armed forces community and is open to all service leavers, ex-armed forces and their families. This is an incredible opportunity and Mersey Care is working with the armed forces community to provide career and development opportunities within the NHS. 

The programme recognises the transferable skills and cultural values that armed forces personnel have developed and how these skills and values are compatible with working in the NHS.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is commencing a 10 week Step Into Work (Facilities Management Assistant) programme in partnership with Jobcentre Plus offering pre-employment training and work experience placements at various Trust locations for bank FMA roles. The course consists of three weeks training (including Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and Food Hygiene Level 2) and seven weeks work placement.  

Virtual group information session to be held via Zoom on Monday, 10 August 2020 at 12.30pm.


Are you interested? Contact or call 07768 005 986 for more information and to book a place at the  session.  




Take a look at our current vacancies here or click the image above.

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