City Healthcare Partnership CIC
City Health Care Partnership CIC, who provide health and care services in Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire, Knowsley, Wigan and St Helens, have recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant. This was prompted by a training session for our Let’s Talk service with Catterick barracks on how best to support Veterans psychologically with any issues they experience after leaving the Forces ‘family’ or from Active Service.
The training sparked a desire to support Veterans across the whole organisation, from jobs at CHCP to help through our other services and we realised that signing the Armed Forces Covenant would be a good first step towards this.
The Covenant recognises the value Serving personnel (Regular and Reservists), Veterans and Military families contribute to the company’s business and to the country. It states that those who Serve in the Armed Forces should not face any disadvantages in accessing services and that some should receive special consideration, particularly those who have been injured or bereaved.
City Health Care Partnership CIC has pledged to publish the Armed Forces Covenant on its website and to work with Veterans’ support services. We will also support the employment of Veterans, spouses and partners, including holding briefing days specifically for those leaving the Armed Forces to raise awareness of employment opportunities in our business.
We will try to be flexible in granting leave for spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment and considering special paid leave for employees who are bereaved or whose loved ones are injured.
Members of the Reserves
Forces will be supported to take leave, additional unpaid leave or even paid leave where possible to accommodate their training and deployment. We will support local Reserve Forces and Cadets’ Associations where we can.
We are planning to become an Armed Forces Day corporate partner to promote our support and help local Veterans to find out about support services and partnerships. We will also offer a discount through the Defence Privilege Card on prescription charges at City Health pharmacies and on education and training opportunities through our dedicated team.
Our vision is to lead and inspire through excellence, compassion and expertise in all that we do; we will publicise these commitments through our literature and/or on our website, setting out how we will seek to honour them. We invite feedback through the
Friends and Family Test at:
www.chcpfft.org.uk and through surveys and questionnaires, focus and patient groups, community champions/health champions and by forming links between the communities and City Health Care Partnership CIC consultations (at least one Service-wide consultation every year) from the Service community and our customers on how we are doing.