Armed Forces at Homerton

Homerton is committed to supporting members of the Armed Forces community, both within the Trust and outside.

Homerton is proud to have forged significant partnerships with the Armed Forces community.  Within the Trust, we are committed to supporting our employees who also volunteer as Reservists, as well as our staff who have an ex-military background or have a spouse in the military.

Homerton is proud to have been presented with the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award, Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award which recognises the committment we have made to the armed forces community.

There are an estimated 2.6 million military veterans in the UK, and 900,000 of them are estimated to be of working age.  We recognise the value that serving personnel, both regular and reservists, veterans and military families contribute to our organisation and the wider NHS.  

We offer 5 days paid and 5 days unpaid leave for reservists, and we actively encourage managers to consider ex-military applicants, and the skills they can bring, through their recruitment processes.  

Homerton is one of ten NHS Trusts in the region signed up to the national Step into Health programme, which has been created because the NHS recognises the transferable skills and cultural values that Armed Forces personnel develop when serving, and how they are compatible with those required within NHS roles.  

Step into Health, a programme launched by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, aims to connect employers in the NHS to people from the Armed Forces community by offering an access route into apprenticeships, employment and career development opportunities.  It is open to all Service Leavers and Veterans and their spouse/partner, and is an incredible opportunity in which employers are working with the Armed Forces Community to provide career and development opportunities within the NHS.

Whether you are interested in catering, maintenance, administration, finance, communications, management, or a role in one of the clinical services, to name but a few, this programme will benefit you. The NHS is keen to invite you to explore your transferable skills and the potential training and career opportunities available.

Homerton is also signed up to support the Armed Forces community through the Armed Forces Covenant.  Amongst other benefits, this commits the Trust to recruiting veterans, to supporting reservists and to supporting the families of those currently serving.