Health care sector working together to benefit from military talent

Key figures within the health sector met to discuss how to attract, recruit and retain ex military talent into their organisations. The ‘Knowledge Swap’ brought together a variety of organisations to share their experiences of employing ex-military and discuss strategies for ensuring their talent continues to be utilised to best effect in the industry.

The forum, led by Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust and The Officers’ Association, was created in collaboration with Health Education England, Step into Health, CTP, and 11 Brigade.

Mary Edwards, CEO of Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust said: “It’s fantastic to see such a diverse range of organisations benefit from recruiting ex military personnel into the NHS. The challenge now is to build on this momentum and find more ways to attract service personnel into the organisation.” She added: “We also need to ensure that both employers and ex-military understand the breadth of opportunities available to them and just how transferable their skills are.”

Initiatives such as the NHS’ ‘Step Into Health programme have helped give ex-military the opportunity to experience a variety of work within the organisation. It’s also given employers an insight into the skills and qualities that ex-military bring to the workplace.

Danielle Fullwood, who is Step Into Health’s Regional Programme Lead for London and the South East says: “Many ex-military already have the leadership and management skills that we develop in our own staff right from the beginning”.

Kofi Bassaw Quartey, Work Force Development Coordinator at Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust says, “This has been a great opportunity to actively engage with the NHS widening participation strategy and has provided an ideal platform for us to build on for future collaborative initiatives”.

The ambition is to build on the forum and encourage more organisations within the health care sector to share their knowledge and experience ensuring they can access the best clinical and non clinical talent to work in the industry.