Signing of Covenant to signal RJAH commitment to Armed Forces

Release Date: 04/08/2017

Signing of Covenant to signal RJAH commitment to Armed Forces

Leaders at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) are set to signal their support for staff who serve in military roles – by signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Covenant represents a pledge of support by the Oswestry-based hospital to people who are serving in, or who have served in the Armed Forces. It also sets out how the Trust will demonstrate its commitment, including promoting its armed-forces-friendly status and seeking to support the employment of veterans, young and old.

It will be signed at a special event on Tuesday, when representatives from 202 (Midlands) Field Hospital will be visiting RJAH and erecting a demonstration element of a Field Hospital to showcase their work.

The Covenant will be signed on behalf of the hospital by Chairman Frank Collins and Chief Executive Mark Brandreth. Representing the Armed Forces will be Col Richard Maybery, Deputy Commander of 11 Signal and West Midlands Brigade and Col Tim Davies, Commanding Officer of 202 Field Hospital; representing 2 Medical Brigade.

Frank Collins said: “In recent months we have built strong relationships with colleagues in the Armed Forces and seen the benefits that we can achieve by working together.

“Last year we won an Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from the Ministry of Defence in recognition of the work we have done to support Reservists, and signing the Covenant is a natural extension of that work.”

There are four Army Reserves at RJAH. They are Maggie Durrant, Service Improvement Facilitator; Rebecca Warren, Ward Manager of the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI); Sharon Warren, a Healthcare Assistant on MCSI; and Matt Wright, a Theatres Support Worker. Maggie, Rebecca and Sharon all serve with the 202 (Midlands) Field Hospital, while Matt serves with the 33 Signal Squadron in Liverpool.

Rebecca, who is a Staff Sergeant in her military life, will also be presented with a major national prize straight after the signing of the covenant.

The 34-year-old was announced as the winner the Outstanding QARANC Reservist Clinical Professional Development Award at the prestigious Cavell Awards back in June. The category was sponsored by the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC).

She was unable to attend the event, however, due to a serious illness in her family, so the award is now being formally presented in a special ceremony.

“We are so proud of Rebecca for what she has achieved in her civilian and military careers,” said Mark Brandreth. “I know she wouldn’t mind me saying she has had a tough time of late, so I am delighted that she will be able to receive her richly deserved Cavell Award at last.”

Looking ahead to the event on Tuesday, Maggie Durrant, who is a Lieutenant Colonel and Second in Command of 202 (Midlands) Field Hospital, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity for those who work in the NHS, plus patients and the public, to see at close quarters the high level of care that soldiers, wounded in combat or during exercises, receive.

“There will also be information available about the many paid volunteer opportunities in the Army Reserves.”

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