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Let’s join ‘Forces’

29 September 2017

All veterans are encouraged to join South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust on leaving the Armed Forces. Right across our organisation, we have veterans working on our frontline emergency 999 service, in our clinical co-ordination centres, in our non-emergency patient transport service and a number of corporate and support service roles.

We were delighted earlier this year to receive the prestigious Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, Gold Award in recognition of our commitment both to employing veterans, as well as supporting cadets and our many reservists who continue to serve.

It is our experience, the skills veterans have obtained during their Armed Forces career are of great benefit to the many and varied patients that SCAS looks after across our emergency, urgent care, non-emergency, training and logistics services. These include excellent communication, organisational and leadership skills, as well as delivering high standards of performance in teamwork, problem solving, flexibility and reliability.

Veterans have a breadth and depth of experience in operating in different environments through active deployment and humanitarian relief efforts, being able to communicate easily with people from different backgrounds and cultures. They are also very adept at maintaining focus and staying calm under pressure, many can think on their feet where resources and options may initially seem limited and can be quick decision-makers.

All these attributes, over and above any medical knowledge and clinical experience, will continue to ensure SCAS maintains veteran recruitment as a key focus of our workforce strategy.

Philp Astle
Chief Operating Officer, SCAS
(Colonel, retired, 22nd Cheshire Regiment)