Celebrating Armed Forces Day at Ashford and St Peter's hospitals in 2021.
ASPH has been named a Veteran Aware Trust as they join the wave of Veteran Aware trusts committed to helping serving members, veterans and their families access healthcare services and find new careers in the NHS.
This highly acclaimed Veteran Aware accreditation was formally awarded in December in recognition of the vital support ASPH provides the Armed Forces and their families. They join the 105 Trusts across the United Kingdom leading the way to improve care within the NHS and help veterans back into the workforce.
At the heart of the Trust’s Veteran strategy is also ensuring that the Armed Forces community have access to a care pathway both in and outside the hospital. To help with this, the Trust work with community partners to sign post veterans to various support groups.
Other force-friendly ASPH initiatives include the ‘Armed Forces Community training’ to raise staff awareness of the services available to Armed Forces and veterans, a dedicated website with signposting and being able to recognise Armed Forces personnel when they join the NHS or access our patient services.
You can find out more about the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme on the GOV.UK website.
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Chairman Andy Field, Chief Executive Suzanne Rankin, and Col Ash Boreham signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2019, formally marking the Trust’s commitment to the serving members of the armed forces as well as veterans and their families.