Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Who we are
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK’s best known hospitals – Guy’s, St Thomas’, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield – as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.
We are among the UK’s busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.
We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and – as part of King’s Health Partners – we are one of England’s eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one of the National Institute for Health Research’s biomedical research centres, established with King’s College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.
We have around 22,700 staff, making us one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers locally. We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs.
A great fit for military personnel
Captain Louise Jones
I am a Paediatric Nurse in the Emergency Dept at King’s College Hospital and also with 306 Hospital Support Regiment – a Reserves Nationally Recruited Unit (NRU). I joined the Army Reserves only 4 years ago, passing out of Sandhurst as a PQO aged 52 years with no prior military knowledge.
I am proud to work in the NHS and as an Army Reservist and experience and training has lead me to develop many transferable skills to benefit both organisations. I have built a broad and useful network in each role and enjoy the wide variety of personnel at my NRU, which is comprised of specialist medical teams.
I should have joined the military years ago! It has opened many doors for me and stretched me out of my comfort zone nicely. As a Specialist Nurse, I am committed to just 19 training days a year, but the opportunities are pretty endless to go beyond that when I have time. Best of all, although aspects of my military life are obviously very serious, there is also some fun to be had, both in sport and through many friendships.
I joined the Sea Cadets as a CFAV in 2017 and hold the position of Unit Chairperson, Bexley & Lewisham Sea Cadets. In this role I have responsibility for ensuring the appropriate governance of the Sea Cadet unit and compliance with charity law, Sea Cadet Policy and regulations.
One of the things that attracted me to the organisation is the opportunity for CFAV’s to progress and develop in their volunteering roles, providing them with transferrable skills and the opportunities to use these to benefit the wider community.
There is a real synergy between my volunteering and working at one of the busiest and successful NHS Trusts in the country. The vision and values of both the Sea Cadets and Guy’s & St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust are incredibly well aligned, with both organisations striving to help address the wider determinants of health and improve the life chances of young people with equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of its workforce, policy and cadet and patient experience.
A military-friendly organisation
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust are a proactive Armed Forces-friendly organisation, working to promote our support to staff, customers, suppliers, contractors and wider public.
GSTT Armed Forces & Veterans Network (GSTTAF&VN)
Supports the employment of veterans, recognising military transferable skills and qualifications in our recruitment and selection process; working with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to support the employment of Service leavers.
Armed Forces Awareness Training
We ensure that our staff are fully aware of the Armed Forces Community by conducting the NHS Healthcare Awareness Training for the Armed Forces Programme.
Service Spouses and Partners
We connect with the Forces Families Forum, and provide flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment.
We support our employees who are members of the Reserve Forces; granting additional paid/unpaid leave for annual Reserve Forces training; supporting any mobilisations and deployment; actively encouraging members of staff to become Reservists.
We strive to support our employees who are volunteer leaders in military cadet organisations, granting additional leave to attend annual training camps and courses; actively encouraging members of staff to become volunteer leaders in cadet organisations; supporting local military cadet units; recognising the benefits of employing cadets/ex-cadets within the workforce.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust support Armed Forces Day, Reserves Day, Poppy Appeal Day and Remembrance activities.
Armed Forces Charities
We support Armed Forces charities with fundraising and supporting staff who volunteer to assist.
Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
As a Veteran Aware Trust, we are leading the way in improving veterans’ care within the NHS, as part of the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) we strive to be the exemplars in GSTT and the Community.