NHS Board’s Gold Award revalidated

September 15, 2023
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Commander Gary Farmer

NHS Golden Jubilee has been presented with the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award revalidation.

Commander Gary Farmer RD RN, Northern Area Officer Sea Cadets, presented the 2022 Award on August 31 to Susan Douglas-Scott CBE (Board Chair) and Gordon James (Chief Executive) at the organisation’s Clydebank headquarters.

The presentation was organised and attended by Highland RFCA Regional Employer Engagement Director Ray Watt.

NHS Golden Jubilee signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2016 and was first awarded Gold the following year.

The recognition from the UK Government is for outstanding support towards the Armed Forces community.

Commander Gary Farmer presents the NHS Golden Jubilee Gold Award revalidation.
Commander Gary Farmer (left) presenting Susan Douglas-Scott CBE (Board Chair) and Gordon James (Chief Executive) with the NHS Golden Jubilee Gold Award revalidation.

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.

Main image (top of page) shows Cdr Farmer speaking about the benefits organisations can gain from supporting defence.

Find out more about the Employer Recognition Scheme.