The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs have been recognised for their commitment to support veterans, serving members of the armed forces and their families.
The six CCGs have all been awarded the bronze award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).
It comes at a time when the military has been supporting the NHS in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in the fight against coronavirus, providing logistic aid, contributing to the establishment of local testing centres and staffing mobile testing centres.
The CCGs signed the Armed Forces Covenant in June 2019. It means they are committed to ensuring no member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage in the provision of services compared to any other citizen and that in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate especially for the injured or bereaved.
Marcus Warnes, Accountable Officer for the CCGs said: “We are honoured for the recognition we have received as organisations dedicated to those who have served and are serving. It’s especially poignant at a time when our forces are providing magnificent support to the NHS right here is Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
“We ask our armed forces to do a difficult, demanding and often dangerous job. In return it is only right that we give as much support as possible to those who have suffered injuries or have ongoing difficulties with mental health.
“Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have always had strong ties with the military, and we are home to the Defence Medical Academy at Whittington.”
The CCGs are also committed to supporting the employment of veterans and giving their backing to employees who choose to be members of the reserves.