Head of workforce development Karen Gardner

North East Ambulance Service signs Armed Forces Covenant

The North East Ambulance Service has pledged to support those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Covenant focusses on helping members of the Armed Forces to have the same access to government, commercial services and products as any other citizen including education, family well-being, having a home, starting a new career, access to healthcare, financial assistance and discounted services.

As an employer, NEAS has been granted bronze status which means they are open to employing reservists, armed forces veterans (including the wounded, injured and sick), cadet instructors and military spouses/partners.

The skills and experience an Armed Forces medical personnel has can often be transferable to an ambulance service, due to facing such incidents involving trauma and causalities.

The Trust want to encourage all retired and serving personnel to apply for roles across the service’s divisions and as a fair an equal employer, the Covenant pledge will make sure those people receive the support they need.

Head of workforce development Karen Gardner signed the Covenant alongside director of people development, Karen O’Brien. Karen Gardner said, “I was very proud and grateful to be able to sign this with Karen O’Brien on the 12 November and to publicly show NEAS has committed to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces Community.

“We recognise the value that serving and retired Armed Forces personnel and families contribute to our Trust and our country. This is just the beginning of our journey to develop and support further initiatives for this group of staff and patients.”

More information about the Covenant can be found here: https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/

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