Armed Forces Covenant
The CCGs have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant in partnership with local councils, police, members of the voluntary sector and the civilian community of Northamptonshire.
The Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community. Its purpose is to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the members of the armed forces living in the local community, particularly those who have given the most. This applies to current and ex-members of the Armed Forces, families and widow(er)s living in Northamptonshire.
The Armed Forces Covenant website is now online. A new digital hub for the armed forces community in Northamptonshire including support services, housing, education and employment opportunities:
Are you a part of our Military Community, regular serving, reservist, cadets, military veteran or family member, would like more information about the support available to you? Please contact:
For any media enquiries, please contact:
Armed Forces Day and the Armed Forces Covenant
On 29th June 2019, Northamptonshire CCGs supported Armed Forces Day by taking part in an annual event. The events are for all the men and women who make up our Armed Forces community, from serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.
Northamptonshire CCGs provided information to increase awareness among military veterans of the healthcare and support that is available to them.
Defence Employer Recognition Scheme
The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support members of staff who are part of the armed forces and their families and inspire other organisations to do the same.
The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values to the Armed Forces Covenant.
In May 2018, we were informed that our ESR Silver nomination had been successful. The CCGs remain committed to ensure that ‘our military family’ are not disadvantaged compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services and fully supported in the work place.
Pictured are Kelly West (left) and Pat Haslam (centre), receiving the silver award from Air Commodore Simon Edwards MA RAF on behalf of Nene CCG on 15th November 2018 at Beaumont Hall in Leicestershire.
Supporting our Armed Forces Community
On 5th July 2018, the NHS celebrated its NHS birthday. This event was marked across the country by NHS organisations, including NHS Nene CCG. In the build up to the birthday, the CCG engaged with staff about how they wanted to mark the day, and as a result, a high tea was held on the day itself, with staff dressed in medical and nursing uniforms as well as general 1940s attire.
We could not celebrate this special anniversary without remembering our Armed Forces, past and present and we were very lucky that the Military Vehicle Trust let us ‘borrow’ a fully operational field ambulance (pictured). The NHS employs many military veterans in all roles as well as reservists and family members; they are valued members of any workforce and bring a wealth of experience and diversity.
Winner of Northampton’s Inspirational Woman Award 2017
Pat Haslam, Armed Forces Covenant Lead, Northamptonshire CCGs has been named the most inspirational woman in Northampton. Pat is an ambassador in promoting the Northamptonshire Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) Scheme alongside GPs, ensuring that veterans are directed to the right support services.
Should you require any further information regarding support services and havew a query relating to the Armed Forces Covenant, please do not hesitate to contact Pat by emailing: