The Duke of Cambridge officially launched Step Into Health in January 2018. With over 350 career opportunities available within the NHS, the programme provides a great insight into these careers through work placements, insight days, webinars and career workshops. Over 70 NHS trusts are committed to supporting the programme in England.
In March 2019, the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust become the first Welsh NHS employer to pledge their support to Step into Health.
Developed in conjunction with The Royal Foundation and Walking With The Wounded, Step into Health is an NHS Employers programme, which provides a dedicated pathway for the Armed Forces community to access the numerous career opportunities available in the NHS.
Claire Vaughan, executive director of workforce and organisational development at the trust, said: “Our work with the Armed Forces community has shown us time and again the direct correlation between the values held by those in the military and our own Trust behaviours.
“We also recognise the wide range of skills and unique personal experiences which veterans and reservists can bring to the Trust.
Step Into Health has been nominated for an ‘Ex-Forces Initiative of the Year’ award in the forthcoming 2019 British Ex-Forces in Business Awards, the winner will be announced in May – more on this to follow then.