SCW honoured with Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme

We are pleased to announce that SCW has been awarded the bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) in recognition of our commitment and support for those who have served in the Armed Forces and their families.

The award comes following submission of our statement of intent to support defence personnel. The ERS recognises commitment and support from UK employers for defence personnel and comprises bronze, silver and gold awards. You can find out more about the criteria for the award here. The awarded status is one more step towards our Step into health programme.

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. SCW was honoured to be the only CSU invited to attend the Step into Health launch event on 18 January alongside HRH Duke of Cambridge at the Royal Society of Medicine and just one of five organisations to meet the Duke and talk about how work through the Step into Health initiative had benefited both SCW and those leaving the forces.

The programme, co-ordinated by SCW’s Workforce and Resourcing Team and sponsored by Janet Horton, SCW’s Executive of Customer Development and herself a spouse of a long serving forces veteran, has seen the formation of an armed forces working group, alumni network and stakeholder group, highlighting the inherent support for the work within SCW employees.

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. As such this is a key target group for SCW’s long term talent acquisition and workforce plans.

Further information about the launch event and the Step into Health initiative can be found here.

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Head of Consultancy and Business – HR & OD