Posted on: 11 August 2023

Following the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant in February 2023, the Trust is pleased to announce that it has recently received the Bronze Award under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).

The ERS recognises commitment and support from UK employers for defence personnel. The scheme comprises bronze, silver and gold awards for employers who support those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families.

As a Bronze Award holder the Trust has undertaken the following commitments:

  • Sign the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Pledge to support the armed forces, including existing or prospective employees who are members of the community
  • Promote being armed forces-friendly and are open to employing reservists, armed forces veterans, cadet instructors and military spouses/partners

You can read more about CNWL’s pledges here.


Chief Executive, Claire Murdoch said:

“There are 1.7 million households in the UK with one or more persons who have served in the armed forces, and our services see hundreds of patients who are veterans.

“It’s important we commit to upholding the Covenant, supporting this community and their families. It’s only right that we lean in on what we are already doing and tackle some of the poor access they have faced in the past. It’s work we undertake with pride.”

Samara Hammond, Coordinator for CNWL’s Armed Forces Network and herself a Captain in the British Army said:

"I am extremely proud to be a part of both CNWL and the army. I’m looking forward to being part of this journey with so many shared values of commitment to staff and excellence to patient care, I have no doubt it will go from strength to strength."