The Trust has been presented with a prestigious award by the Ministry of Defence for its work supporting the Armed Forces community.
C&I is one of only 34 employers across the country to have received the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award, which recognises the work of organisations who deliver ‘forces-friendly’ initiatives in the workplace.
It was presented at a ceremony in the Cavalry and Guards Club, Piccadilly,by Brigadier Andrew Wright, Commodore David Elford and Air Vice Marshal Ranald Munro, representing all three military services.
Brigadier Marc Overton, Chairman of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Greater London (GL RFCA), who hosted the event, told the audience: “What you have done and continue to do makes a huge difference to the Armed Forces family. Thank you to you and all of your staff for going the extra mile in recognising the important contribution that our serving personnel, veterans and their families make to the nation”.
The ERS recognises organisations that clearly demonstrate support for defence personnel, including giving paid leave to reservists to train in readiness for future military operations, offering work placements or interviews to veterans and actively encouraging staff to join the reserve forces.
C&I won for 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 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.
Dr Sue Ferrier, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Co-ordinator of the Veterans’ Mental Health TIL Service and Complex treatment Service, said: ‘We are very pleased that the Trust has received this award in recognition of the support we deliver to our UK Armed Forces Community. We are proud of our commitment to our diverse workforce, maximising the contributions of all our employees to deliver the best quality of care for our clients’.
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