Supporting reserve forces
Our Trust is the first in the north east to receive a Gold Award from the Ministry of Defence for organisations which have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrate outstanding support for those who serve and have served.
The Trust, which signed a community covenant with the MoD in April, is one of only 33 organisations nationally to be awarded the coveted title this year. It is the only north east trust to be awarded Gold and one of two organisations seen to be the best Armed Forces friendly employer in 2017.
City Hospitals Sunderland has been a long supporter of the Armed Forces and currently has 15 reservists working across the hospital. Many have been deployed on operations to Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan and it is envisages that some may be involved in the humanitarian support of the United Nations in Sudan this year.
The Trust has a dedicated policy to support the work of its Reserves, which includes paid leave to allow them to attend training. Staff are also encouraged to support military led events, such as Exercise Military Challenge so they can appreciate the work undertaken by the Reserves and gain from their team building ethos.