Introduction to the Reserve Forces - video

the medical reservists

In partnership with colleagues from the Ministry of Defence we have created an 'Introduction to the Reserve Forces' video. Reservists from the NHS share their experiences and say how this has benefited their careers. Dr Mike Seeley, associate director of HR from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust discusses how his trust is committed to supporting members of the Reserve Forces and the recognition the trust has received.

The reservists

Lieutenant Colonel Niall Moore is an associate professor and honorary consultant at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. Niall decided to join the reserves in 2005 and feels his experiences in the trauma centre at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan have directly helped develop his NHS trauma facilities. A father of three, he balances his university, hospital and reserves career alongside his family commitments.

Sean Ferguson is a paramedic with South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust. As a previous regular Army Medic, who had experience in Afghanistan, he decided to train as a civilian paramedic. On leaving the regular Armed Forces, he decided to take up a role within the reserves. Through the support he receives from his trust and colleagues, he is able to balance his career, reservist life and his young family.

Rochelle Gopee is an Emergency Department (ED) nurse from Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Rochelle wanted to help care for Armed Forces personnel and decided to join the RAF Medical Reserves. She balances her flourishing civilian career with her military life; believing that she has the best of both worlds.

Adham Khalek is an ED consultant at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. As a consultant he has deployed to the trauma centre at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, where he learnt new techniques that have been implemented in Oxford.

The employer

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has an established relationships with reservist medical units associated with the County of Gloucestershire. The trust's members recognise the benefits that employing a member of the Reserve Forces can bring to their workforce. They have been recognised for their support by being award the silver award as part of the Employer Recognition Scheme.

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