Step into Health
What is the Armed Forces Covenant?
To those who proudly protect our nation, who do so with honour, courage, and commitment, the Armed Forces Covenant is the nation's commitment to you.
It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.
What is Step into Health?
Step into Health has been created because the NHS recognises the transferable skills are cultural values that the Armed Forces community develop, and how they are compatible with those required within NHS roles.
Step into Health is open to all service leavers, veterans and their families. It is an incredible opportunity in which employers are working with the Armed Forces community to provide career and development opportunities within the NHS.
Links with the armed forces
Providing more support for service families is the aim of a new plan to help forge closer links between the armed forces and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
A QEH team has been attending the Marham Mardles and held a coffee morning to help raise awareness of the job and volunteering opportunities at the hospital. As well as prompting the community to ask questions about being a patient.
There are also hopes for the community midwifery team to hold clinics at the base and for the Macmillan advisory team to run outreach services for the Marham community.
The hospital has also appointed two Armed Forces Leavers Champions and a Service Spouse Champion, to offer support along with promoting a rewarding career within the NHS.
Paul Holley-Smith and Chaz Scholefield, who are both army veterans, are hoping to promote a career in the NHS for service leavers.
Chaz said: "There is an obvious public service link between two major employers, such as the QEH and RAF Marham. There will be individuals who are coming to the end of their time in the military and are nervous about their prospects and I am happy to assist and advise them."
Kelly Elkins, who lives at Marham and is a housekeeper on Shouldham Ward, is doing a fantastic job as a spouse champion.
She said: "When I moved to Marham I knew no one and now I have a fantastic support network both at home and work and have met so many other hospital staff who are in the same position. A year on I have found a lovely ward with lovely people from the Sisters to the nurses, the Healthcare Assistants and the rest of the support staff."
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