Wirral University Teaching Hospital signs Armed Forces Covenant

Wirral University Teaching Hospital has signed the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant is a pledge that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect.

The Covenant also recognises the need for UK Armed Forces personnel to be supported throughout their lives in areas including healthcare, career, transitioning to civilian life after service and in older age.

Many members of staff at WUTH have a forces background. Some are ex-forces and bring skills and expertise, acquired during their service, to the hospital setting. The Trust is keen to support their continued career development. Others are Reservists and are supported, as required, to meet their forces’ commitments.

Dr Nikki Stevenson, WUTH Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive and Dr Ranjeev Mehra Deputy Medical Director and Consultant Intensivist signed the Covenant on behalf of the Trust.

Dr Stevenson said, “At Wirral University Teaching Hospital, we recognise the value serving personnel; both Regular and Reservists, Veterans and military families contribute to our community and our country. By signing the Armed Forces Covenant, we pledge our commitment to supporting serving and ex-service personnel. ”

“We also recognise that additional support may also be required for our Armed Forces community and their families and therefore in addition to the wellbeing support that WUTH currently offers, an amazing new Cheshire and Merseyside information and support “hub” has been launched and is available for all staff and patients to use.”

Further support for veterans can also be found on the below websites:

https://en-gb.padlet.com/Cheshire_Merseyside_Veterans/Military_Veterans

https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/armed-forces-community/

Image: Dr Ranjeev Mehra Deputy Medical Director and Consultant Intensivist and Dr Nikki Stevenson, WUTH Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive.

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