The Armed Forces Covenant

Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust granted the 2022 ERS Silver Award and approved One Year Review as a Veteran Aware Trust

We are delighted to announce that Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been granted the 2022 ERS Silver Award. The Armed Forces Covenant 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. As a forces-friendly employer our support makes a real difference to a group of people who play a crucial role in UK defence as well as those who are helping to nurture and aspire the next generation through their involvement with the cadet movement.

The Trust will be presented with the award at a ceremony later in the year.

Joanna Forster Adams, Chief Operating Officer and Emergency Accountable Officer at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:

“LYPFT are very proud to have been granted the ESR Silver Award, building on our Bronze award and Veteran Aware status.  This demonstrates our commitment as an employer to support the Armed Forces, aligning our values with those of the Armed Forces Covenant and our commitment to employment and recruitment practices which support the armed forces community. We also recognise the importance of all services being more veteran aware and accessible and that the NHS benefits from the skills obtained within our armed forces within our current and future workforce.

She added:

It is an honour to work to support the amazing people who have served in our Armed Forces. The silver award is fantastic recognition of our commitment to Veterans, and we still want to do more as an employer and to advocate for people who have served. We are incredibly proud to deliver Veteran’s Mental Health Services across the North of England via the Complex Treatment Service and the High Intensity Service, and that veterans and Veterans charities (Walking with the Wounded and Combat Stress) are part of that service delivery, alongside our NHS partner CNTW. We recognise the incredible contribution our Armed Forces make on all our behalf and hope our commitment goes some way to demonstrate our appreciation of that.”

Learn more about the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Supporting Armed Forces Reservists and Veterans Careers in the NHS.

Veteran Aware Trust – one year review approved

The trust’s initial accreditation was awarded in May 2021, and the Trust has recently had approved the One Year Review as a Veteran Aware Trust.

The Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) stated:

“It is evident there has been significant work undertaken by those responsible for this agenda in your organisation, through the delivery of the OPCourage services and raising awareness of the healthcare needs of the Armed Forces Community across wider teams and departments.
We thank you for your hard work demonstrating the NHS’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant and look forward to following your continued progress.”

Learn more about the specific veteran services the Trust offers: Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service and Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service.