WWTW Supports NHS Recruitment Drive Through Step Into Health Programme
Step Into Health (SITH) offers a clear pathway for veterans to access careers in the NHS. The programme was initially developed in 2014 by Walking With The Wounded in partnership with Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the NHS Foundation Trust.
It is supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge through the RoyalFoundation.
Since its inception in 2014, 440 veterans have successfully secured roles within the National Health Service, such as veterans like Palmer.
Palmer commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2006 and joined the Rifles on completion of his Officer training. During his time in the Army, Palmer did a number of tours including Kosovo in 2008 and two tours of Afghanistan in 2009 and 2012.
He was discharged from the Army in November 2014. Whilst in service, he was diagnosed with PTSD as a consequence of specific incidents that had taken place in Afghanistan. In May 2014, as part of his resettlement entitlement, Palmer signed up to the Step Into Health programme and secured a job at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital as a Assistant Director in the Diagnostic and Clinical Support Services Department.
Palmer described the Step Into Health programme as being an “excellent experience seeing what the NHS has to offer, both professionally and personally. It gives you a pathway and someone to guide you in finding an area of work you’ll enjoy”. He continues, “As military, we are excellent at knowing what we don’t want to do, but have little knowledge of knowing what we do want to do! The programme guides and facilitates work placements to suit you, and helps find an area you’ll continue to enjoy working in.”
On Walking With The Wounded Palmer commented “The charity has been a great supporter of all veterans getting into work within the NHS. There is a huge opportunity, one that most do not realise exists and Walking With The Wounded have been passionate about helping veterans, but more importantly those who left and have fallen on hard times, to build a life again. They play a vital role where there is no hand open to some veterans who only respond to likeminded people, which Walking With The Wounded provide.”
For more information about Step Into Health, click here.