The way C&I supports the Armed Forces community has been recognised by a prestigious Ministry of Defence (MOD) award.
The Trust is one of 34 employers across the country to have received the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award.
The award recognises organisations who actively demonstrate support to the Armed Forces Community by delivering ‘forces-friendly’ initiatives in the workplace.
The award particularly highlights the work of the Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison (TIL) Service and Complex Treatment Service (CTS) – London and South East, which provide a comprehensive multi-disciplinary assessment of mental health needs to ex-serving members of the UK Armed Forces, living in London, Greater London, East and West Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Medway.
C&I staff work closely with service users to make recommendations for the support or treatment that can help get them back on track.
The CTS provides a range of intensive care and treatment for people with military related complex mental health difficulties, many of whom have experienced trauma.
The Trust’s efforts will be recognised in full at an awards ceremony in November held at The Cavalry and Guards Club, Piccadilly, London.
Dr Sue Ferrier, Lead Clinical Psychologist and Co-ordinator of the Veterans’ Mental Health TIL Service and Complex treatment Service, said: “We are thrilled that the Trust has been recognised for such a prestigious award. Staff at C&I work so hard to support the Armed Forces community through our mental health service and the award is a real testament for the dedicated care they provide. Our next goal will be to go for the Gold Award!”
Sally Quinn, Director of HR and Organisational Development, said: “We have recently adopted a local policy to set out our support to employing veterans and armed forces reservists – highlighting our commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community. This is a great achievement and I’d like to thank everyone involved in achieving Silver!”
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