Covenant and ERS Bronze for medical centre

January 30, 2023

Lochgilphead Medical Centre has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, becoming one of 9,000+ organisations to have pledged support to the Armed Forces community.

The Covenant – a commitment to support the country’s service personnel wherever and however an organisation can – was presented at Mid Argyll Community Hospital and Integrated Care Centre on January 24.

HRFCA Regional Employer Engagement Director Roy McLellan handed over the award to GP Partner Andy Barlow and Practice Manager Donna Gibson (pictured above, with Roy centre).

Lochgilphead Medical Centre’s commitment to honouring the Covenant includes pledges to:

  • Promote the fact it is an Armed Forces-friendly organisation.
  • Support the employment of veterans.
  • Support employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces by accommodating their training and deployment. 
  • Support employees who are Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.
  • Support Armed Forces Day and other National events.
  • Support Armed Forces Charities.

Lochgilphead Medical Centre’s Andy Barlow (GP Partner and Veteran’s Healthcare Lead) first signed the Covenant in December last year.

Lochgilphead Medical Centre also received the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Bronze Award. The ERS awards encourage employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The prestigious Bronze, Silver and Gold awards are for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

Roy said: “We are grateful to Lochgilphead Medical Centre for the support it gives to the Armed Forces and congratulate them on receiving the Armed Forces Covenant and ERS Bronze Award. We look forward to working with them in the future.”

To find out how you can support the Armed Forces, contact HRFCA’s Regional Employer Engagement Directors Roy McLellan at [email protected], or Ray Watt at [email protected].

To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant, click HERE.

To find out more about Lochgilphead Medical Centre, click HERE.