EMAS is a forces-friendly employer

We have been accredited with a Silver Award in the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). The scheme recognises employers who:

  • pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the Armed Forces community, and
  • align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.  

We are also accredited as Veteran Aware through the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA). The VCHA recognises employers who meet the standards required to support ex-forces personnel in their employment and the wider community.  

We work in partnership with organisations and military units across our region to support the Armed Forces community, including both our substantive employees, bank staff, and volunteers.


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Working with the armed forces

Our current projects and priorities

We are actively developing our Armed Forces programme, including:

  • Tailored recruitment support to Armed Forces leavers. We guarantee interviews for Veterans and serving Reservist and Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers who meet the minimum essential criteria.
  • Paid time off for Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers to attend annual camps.

  • Protecting time for reservists on mobilisation for operations.

  • Honorary contracts for registered paramedics and supportive training and mentoring to Newly Qualified Paramedics from the Armed Forces.
  • Work experience opportunities for service leavers and ex-service personnel.
  • Aligning our work with Op CourageOp Nova, and Op Fortitude.

  • Expanding our Armed Forces Network.
  • Promoting NHS and EMAS careers at Armed Forces recruitment days.

Partnership working

We are committed to ongoing work that supports the Armed Forces community, including former military personnel in our employment. We work in partnership with:


Work with us

We are actively recruiting to our service. We guarantee an interview to applicants with a military service history who meet the other criteria outlined in the job specification.

We can also offer flexible working arrangements for spouses and partners of serving military personnel, should the service person be deployed on operations.

For additional information about opportunities for Armed Forces personnel, contact Kevin.Thorne@emas.nhs.uk