Published on: 19th December 2019

The RNOH has received the highest Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), the highest badge of honour available to those organisations that employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families. 2019 saw a record number of winners from small to large businesses. Organisations who take positive action to make their workplace more reservist friendly and support the wider Defence People requirements may be eligible for Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) awards. These awards are a public recognition by the Ministry Of Defence of an employer’s efforts to pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the armed forces community.

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At an award ceremony a few weeks ago, Prof Tim Briggs, HR manager, Tracy Ward and RNOH CEO, Rob Hurd, and were awarded the accolade by General Sir Nicholas Carter, Chief of Defence Staff, Britain's most senior military officer. Other NHS centres were similarly awarded for their support of the Defence ERS .


Rob Hurd, CEO of the RNOH, said: “The Trust is immensely proud to have received the Gold Employee Recognition award. It’s a testimony of the work we have done as an organisation to welcome reservists into employment, and into one of the largest employee in the country, the NHS.”

You can see Rob, Tracy and RNOH Head of operations and army veteran, Jonathan Berry,  discuss the ERS and what the RNOH is doing to support it in this video.

The ERS is designed primarily to recognise private sector support although public sector organisations such as the emergency services, local authorities, NHS trusts and executive agencies are also eligible to be recognised.