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Background

UHL is one of the biggest and busiest Teaching Trusts in the country, serving over one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The Trust’s internationally renowned specialist treatment services and research in cardio-respiratory diseases, cancer and renal disorders also reach a further three million patients across the country. Over the past five years, since signing the Armed Forces Covenant, the Trust has maintained unwavering support for the Armed Forces, despite unprecedented operational and financial pressures.

Who We Employ

As well as employing Doctors, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, we also need Managers, Administrators, Operational and Security staff, Logisticians, Caterers, Engineers and Maintenance staff.

Training Opportunities

The Trust, together with local Universities and Colleges offer a wide range of training opportunities including modern/mature apprenticeships.

Messages of support

After leaving behind a 39-year career in the Royal Army Medical Corps, I am incredibly grateful to be able to continue to serve the public in my role at UHL. I relish the challenge and opportunity of working as a Non-Executive Director in the NHS and get the same buzz and sense of belonging that I did in the Armed Forces.
Non-Executive Director

I spent 12 years in the Royal Navy as an Electronics Engineering Artificer. I now work as a Training Manager in the Medical Physics Department at UHL. Although these organisations are very different, they value similar skills and qualities. The role of the NHS is evolving and is shaped by many factors. As UHL responds to this change, the adaptability of ex-forces personnel is a prized attribute. UHL offers wide opportunities to develop and I recommend it as a second career.
Medical Devices Training Manager

I work within the Medical Physics Department as a Senior Maintenance Technician. My main duties include preventative maintenance and calibration on a variety of Electro-Medical devices. UHL has the same ethos and camaraderie as the Royal Air Force and I am thoroughly enjoying my time here. The 12 years I served in the RAF gave me skills, confidence and experience. The first year and a half at UHL has felt like a 2-week detachment. I thoroughly recommend the NHS, and in particular UHL, if you wish to pursue and progress another career in the public sector.
Senior Maintenance Technician

 

 

Statement from our Armed Forces Champion

‘At UHL we welcome the opportunity to employ Service leavers and members of their families. We have signed the NHS Providers ‘Step into Health’ pledge and are keen to work with Service leavers to utilise their unique skills and experience. We have developed close ties with our local Regional Resettlement Centre in Cottesmore, to support Service leavers and their families and to date we have employed 44 Service leavers and 14 spouses/partners within the Trust. We also encourage our staff to support the Armed Forces by service as Reservists or Adult Cadet Instructors.’
Colonel (Retired) Ian Crowe Late Royal Army Medical Corps
UHL Non-Executive Director and Trust Armed Forces Champion

 

Statement from our Director of People and Organisational Development

‘UHL is a large NHS Trust with around 15,000 staff in over 350 different types of employment. We are constantly recruiting for a wide range of roles, including many that would really suit ex-forces personnel, so this is win-win opportunity for us. We welcome the opportunity to work with the Career Transition Partnership to help place Service leavers into worthwhile and rewarding careers in the NHS; so that we can continue to provide excellent health services for the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.’
Hazel Wyton
UHL Director of People and Organisational Development 

 

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