Black Country and West Birmingham NHS pledges support to Armed Forces community
On Monday 8 November, seven NHS organisations from the Black Country and West Birmingham Integrated Care System (ICS) signed the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) at a virtual signing.
The Black Country and West Birmingham ICS, the first ICS to sign up to the Covenant within the West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association’s (RFCA) region, comprises 15 local health and care organisations who are jointly responsible for managing resources, delivering NHS standards, and improving the health and care outcomes of 1.5 million people across the area.
The organisations who signed the Armed Forces Covenant demonstrating their commitment to, and advocacy of, the Covenant were:
- Black Country & West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group
- Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust
- Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
- The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.
The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust also took this opportunity to re-sign their AFC and renew their commitment.
Jonathan Fellows, Chair Designate of the Black Country Integrated Care Board, said: “We’re proud that seven of our organisations signed the Armed Forces Covenant this week, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to honour and support the armed forces community as an ICS.
“We recognise the value that serving personnel, veterans and military families contribute to our organisations and to our country, and our goal is to provide support as an employer as well as ensuring members of the armed forces community are never disadvantaged when receiving care.
“As an ICS, we will uphold the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant and continue to be armed forces friendly system, to all our staff, patients, suppliers, contractors and the wider community.”
Cat Suckling, Regional Employer Engagement Director at West Midland RFCA added “This is a unique event for the West Midlands and the co-operation of senior executives from seven NHS organisations coming together to publicly pledge their support for the Armed Forces community is a powerful statement.
“I look forward to working with all of the organisations to support and advocate for the Armed Forces community both as employees of the organisations and within the community.”
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The Black Country and West Birmingham ICS and its members have all committed pledges to demonstrate their support to the Armed Forces community and to the principles of Covenant.