NHS Forth Valley has received the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award.
Highland RFCA Regional Employer Engagement Director Ray Watt presented the certificate to NHS Forth Valley Chief Executive Cathie Cowan on August 23 at the organisation’s Carseview House HQ in Stirling (pictured, above).
NHS Forth Valley was one of 156 organisations across the UK to be awarded Gold status in 2022. The organisation was unable to attend a ceremony recognising the sixteen Scottish winners held at Stirling Castle on November 3.
The recognition from the UK Government is for outstanding support towards the Armed Forces community.
The Employer Recognition Scheme, delivered by Defence Relationship Management, has a current total of 641 holders. Organisations must reapply every five years to retain their Gold Award status.
To win a Gold Award from the Ministry of Defence, organisations must provide 10 extra paid days leave for Reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for Reservists, Veterans, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and the spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.
They must also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community, by encouraging other organisations to sign the Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.