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Armed Forces Programme

We recognise the value that people who have served in the Armed Forces can bring to Solent NHS Trust - the broad skill set, versatility and adaptability are much needed in the NHS. We are also keen to support the families of those serving and have both flexible, long term and fixed term roles that will be suitable.

We have a wide range of job opportunities in business, finance, administration and facilities management, as well as clinical and support roles.

We welcome approaches from serving personnel who are considering a future NHS career – we can offer work shadowing and experience.

We provide application support to people who would like to come to work with us, or undertake work experience and placements, or volunteering. There are great benefits to working for the NHS, and we have a range of opportunities please click here to find out more.

If you find a role that is of interest to you and would like support with your application, or if you are interested in finding out more about Solent NHS Trust’s Military and Veteran Programme, email nhsapplicationsupport@solent.nhs.uk

About our Armed Forces Programme

We are implementing the Forces4Change Charter to deliver positive outcomes to our internal and local veterans communities. At the launch on 20 April 2018 our Chief Executive, Sue Harriman, herself a veteran of 16 years in the Royal Navy, confirmed our commitment to the Charter and to delivering real value to the veterans who work in the Trust and also to working with the wider local veterans community. Sarah Austin has led our Armed Forces programme to deliver on a range of commitments:

  1. Internal Veterans Network (IVN): Under the Chair of David Noyes, also ex Royal Navy and our Chief Operating Officer, we have set up a Veterans Network. The IVN is able to offer the following support.:
  • Candidate Mentoring: For new and existing employees, the IVN can act as a knowledge and experience base for veterans seeking employment within the organisation. The network will support the candidate in articulating their transferable skills in a manner appropriate to the role they are seeking. The appointed Mentor from the IVN will be able to support the candidate through the application process and further into the interview process.
  • Internal Mentoring: Successful candidates will have continued mentoring as they settle into their new role and broader support of the wider IVN with an immediate community of like-minded people.
  • Community Support: The IVN also advises on areas of improvement in our veteran services
  1. Community Engagement

We are reaching out to our local veteran’s organisations and community to improve the sensitivity and responsiveness of our services. We have developed a Military Mental Health Alliance to provide advice and guidance to us as we develop our provision.

  1. Employment, Placements and Volunteering: We are seeking, not only to support people in getting permanent roles across the business, but also to provide placements for service leavers who are not fully sure of what career path they would like to take. Placements will support an organisation in filling short term gaps of up to 20 weeks while a service leaver is in resettlement leave. The value that the service leaver gets is a toe-dip into a prospective second career, and also, a sound reference should they apply for a role.

You can find more information about ExForcesNet and Forces4Change here.

Listen to David Noyes talking about our Veterans Programme at its launch.

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pals@solent.nhs.uk

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Email: FreedomOfInformation@solent.nhs.uk

Phone: 023 8029 6911/22

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While our services can be found around various NHS locations in Southampton and Portsmouth (and surrounding districts), our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton at:

Highpoint Venue
Bursledon Road
Southampton
SO19 8BR

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Central office phone: 0300 123 3390

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