Step into Health was created by the NHS in conjunction with The Royal Foundation and Walking with the Wounded, and recognises the range of transferable skills and cultural values the Armed Forces shares with the NHS. 

At attendance of the Step into Health launch event on 18 January at the Royal Society of Medicine hosted by HRH Duke of Cambridge, we were invited to be one of just five organisations to meet the Duke and talk about how work through the Step into Health initiative benefits both SCW and those leaving the forces. The Duke was very interested to learn about the breadth and range of services that SCW provide to our customers feeding back that our geography and the range of services offered made us well placed to offer opportunities to those leaving the armed forces, veterans, reservists and forces families.

Our commitment

SCW enhances our commitment to Step into Health by:

  • Hosting insight days to raise awareness of NHS careers with the Armed Forces community
  • Offering work placements to the Armed Forces community and providing support to those who apply for a vacancy
  • Tailoring activity for those service leavers who may be wounded, injured or sick
  • Promoting the programme and sharing messages through our digital channels
  • Establishing an alumni network for staff who have found employment through the programme
  • Partnering with other NHS organisations in the region to share best practice and make efficient use of resources
  • Supporting candidates with the programme who may wish to settle elsewhere whilst also being ready to receive candidates who have been referred from other supporting organisations.
SCW current has a number of armed forces service leavers, veterans and forces family members working across the patch. The transferrable skills and inherent values alignment that occur between the forces and SCW makes this group a prime candidate pool for many of the functions across SCW, such as Transformation and Commissioning Performance teams.

Stepping away from military life after over 30 years’ service was a daunting prospect. Having had such a specialised job for so long I was unsure what I had to offer to ‘Civvie’ street. Attending a step into health insight day really showed me that there are great opportunities in the NHS for people leaving the Armed Forces. Service personnel have a vast range of skill sets that are in huge demand and can be transferred across to organisations such as the NHS. There are some strong similarities between the Services and the NHS, both are large complex organisations with a structured management system, both have amazing, dedicated people working together to achieve a common goal and both are held in high esteem all over the world. Working at SCW has given me an opportunity to utilise the skill sets I have gained over my years in the RAF and use them in the NHS where they are especially valued and where I can keep developing and improving.

Simon Feetam, Contract Governance Manager