Veteran Aware

Ramsay Health care UK is a Veteran Aware organisation in recognition of our commitment to improving care for the armed forces community which includes Regular and reservist personnel, veterans, spouses, partners and their families.

Veteran Aware accreditation seeks to deliver:

  • better health and wellbeing for the whole of the Armed Forces community,
  • a more joined-up experience of care for serving personnel and their families as they move around the country and transition from service to civilian life,
  • faster and more local access to high quality, personalised care for the Armed Forces community and
  • greater value for money.

Veteran Aware accreditation supports NHS, and other healthcare organisations, to meet the commitments of Armed Forces Act, 2021. The Armed Forces Act brought the Armed Forces Covenant into law and states that members of the Armed Forces Community, should not be disadvantaged when accessing or receiving healthcare.

We support the UK Armed Forces Community as an employer and are proud to be a Veteran Aware healthcare provider. Please let a member of staff know if you, or your spouse/partner, currently serve or have ever served in the UK armed forces so that we can best support your care needs.

What you can expect from us:

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MOD - Armed Forces Employer Recognition Awards

Privileged to attend the awards evening at Maddingly Hall, Cambridgeshire, with our Chief People Officer, Lisa Jeffries and collect our Silver Award. Now working on improving the support for Armed Forces and hopefully achieving Gold recognition next year.

Ramsay Health Care UK Armed Forces Community

RHCUK has set up an Armed Forces Community for our employees, with over 60 members, with a mix of veterans, reservists, cadet force adult volunteers and family members. The group have their own communications site and have met up on several occasions. A favourite event is the Army v Navy Game at Twickenham, where RHCUK organised a box for 24 staff and their families.

RHCUK has also supported military charities and sponsored a table at the Turn to Starboard Charity Dinner in Drapers Hall. Turn to Starboard is a charity that use sailing to support Armed Forces personnel affected by military operations, as well as supporting frontline ambulance staff and the NHS.

Mike Harris - MStJ MSc BA(Hons)

armed forces mike harris

Mike has been nursing since 1993, his first post was in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, until he joined the Royal Air Force as a Flight Nursing Officer in 1998. In the RAF he completed his Critical Care Training and worked in intensive care units in the UK and overseas, with a two-year tour in the Princess Mary’s Hospital in Cyprus. Mike’s operational role was as the commanding officer of a Critical Care Air Support Team, an intensive care aeromedical evacuation team, tasked with bringing back the most seriously injured military personnel to the UK. He undertook numerous deployed operational tours, including three tours of Afghanistan and one tour during the Iraq War.

Mike ended his career in the RAF as the Commanding Officer of the Defence Medical Services military establishment in Whittington, Staffordshire, home of the Defence Medical Academy and the HQ of the Surgeon General.

In 2017 he joined Ramsay Healthcare as the Head of Clinical Services of the Winfield Hospital, Gloucester and later took on the role of Clinical Quality Partner for Neurological Services. In 2020 he returned to the RAF, to work in the Intensive Care unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham during the first wave of covid. Mike is now the National Lead for Clinical Education for Ramsay Health Care.

"I am truly fortunate to work for Ramsay Health Care, as they were incredibly supportive during my transition from the military and it’s great to see their continued commitment to support the armed forces community with their work towards gold accreditation with the MOD Employer Recognition Scheme."

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