Armed forces

The Trust is working to become accredited as a 'Veteran Aware' and 'Reservist Aware' accredited organisation.

We will do this through signing a commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, and implementing actions to ensure that we meet high standards to support our staff, patients and their families.

The Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve, or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

In the context of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, this means:

  • Ensuring members of the armed forces, armed forces veterans, and their families, have appropriate access to relevant health and care services
  • Supporting armed forces veterans through the Trust recruitment process, should they apply to work for the Trust
  • Supporting Trust staff who are, or considering becoming, an armed forces reservist; enabling fulfilment of reservist training commitments and provision of advice and support for any staff who are mobilised

From a patient perspective, the main principles of the covenant are that:

  • The armed forces community should not face disadvantage compared to other citizens in the areas where they live in the provision of public and commercial services
  • Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved

Please see  Patients and families.

Joint Covenant

As well as our own Covenant (which will be published very shortly), we also commit to the joint Covenant issued by Swindon Borough Council - please see the Swindon Borough Council website: Armed Forces Covenant (www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20021/councillors_democracy_and_elections/462/
armed_forces_covenant).

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