There has never been a better time to look for your next and best career move by joining Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust; the largest NHS Trust in England.
We’re proud to be the UK’s largest NHS Trust but more importantly, proud of our integrated health, teaching, research and innovation campus in the thriving city of Manchester that offers a unique range of services to our diverse communities across the North West and much further afield.
Support is the cornerstone of everything here. Join MFT and you join an organisation that cares for everyone. Bringing together 10 hospitals and community services from across Manchester, Salford, Trafford and beyond, we pool our knowledge, skills and resources to be the best for our patients, and each other. Everyone plays their part in providing outstanding care. And everyone has the opportunity to grow in a diverse, endlessly supportive environment where high quality patient care is taken incredibly seriously.
Armed Forces Covenant
MFT is committed to embedding and upholding the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. We’re that committed to this, we’re currently undergoing Gold Accreditation through the MoD Employer Recognition scheme as we want to stand out locally, regionally, nationally and internationally as an organisation that demonstrates exemplar support, care and unrivalled career opportunities towards the Armed Forces community.
The key principle of the Covenant is recognising those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether Regular or Reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families and ensuring all these groups face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial service. The Covenant also applies special consideration where appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as, the injured and the bereaved.
As an organisation, we recognise the value serving personnel, Reservists, and Veterans can bring to NHS roles; hence our huge support of the Covenant.
As a signatory to the Covenant, we:
- Promote that we are a ‘Forces Friendly’ organisation.
- Commit to improving the health outcome of patients who are serving personnel, reservists and veterans and their families.
- Strive to support the employment of serving personnel, reservists and veterans and their families.
- Support our employees who are members of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible.
You can find out more about our commitment to the armed forces community here, including information on how we support patients from the armed forces community and our commitment to the ‘Getting it right first-time’ programme: https://mft.nhs.uk/community/armed-forces-covenant/.
To learn more about the Armed Forces Covenant and what it means for hospitals to be accredited, simply visit:
We Need You
At MFT, our aim is to be recognised as an outstanding Forces friendly employer- this includes welcoming applications from ex-military personnel but also from your families and for those individuals who are involved in the Reserve Forces and are Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers.
The great news is that being part of the armed forces community has provided you with endless transferrable skills and knowledge and coupled with your personal life experience, this makes your very marketable to an organisation likes ours. We totally value the unique experience you can bring including outstanding skills as either a qualified Doctor, Consultant, Nurse, AHP, Health Care Scientist, Pharmacist or in a professional capacity acquired in roles that have been geared around Project Management, Operations, Human Resources, Transformation, Informatics, Estates & Facilities, Procurement, Governance, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and much more.
In essence, to join us as a qualified Clinician, Nurse or Health Care professional you’ll already have the essential and appropriate qualification and registration to the relevant professional body and for other non-clinical roles, we’d be looking to you for your tip top skills in communication, problem solving, planning & organisation plus leadership direction whilst ensuring your technical background, personal qualities and values are in line with those of MFT which are:
- Everyone Matters
- Working Together
- Dignity and Care
- Open and Honest
All the support you need
There are lots of similarities between MFT and the armed forces which make us an employer of choice for the armed forces community –in our case, improving the health and life chances of the thousands of patients our services and hospitals serve.
MFT are dedicated to developing wrap around support for skilled people from the armed forces community to demonstrate that we’re the very best organisation to help you take your career on a new and exciting trajectory.
Here are some of the ways we are committed to doing this:
- We award 10 Days Paid Special Leave for active Reservists to assist you with additional military training and annual camps
- We award 5 Days Paid Special Leave for Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) to assist you with additional CFAV training and annual camps
- Advice on the application and selection process
- Connect you with MFT Employees from the Armed Forces Community
- Dedicated ‘Work Experience’ placements *where Covid restrictions allow
- Quarterly Information sessions – delivered in partnership with the GM Health and Social Care Careers Hub and other GM NHS organisations; advertised within Events on Career Transition Partnerships via this link: www.ctp.org.uk/events
- Our vacancies advertised through platforms such as, Career Transition Partnership https://www.ctp.org.uk/ and Forces Families Jobs https://www.forcesfamiliesjobs.co.uk/
- Partnership with ‘Walking with the Wounded’s Employment Programme’ who have adopted an Individual Placement & Support (IPS) model to support members within the Armed Forces Community to seek employment within MFT – see link for further information https://mft.nhs.uk/community/armed-forces-covenant/employment-support-for-armed-forces/
You talk, we listen
We recognise for some of our armed forces community; it may well have been a while since you’ve completed an application form or have undergone an interview. That’s why we encourage you to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can support you, whether that be connecting you for an informal conversation with a current employee from the armed forces community so can you hear first-hand how they’ve been supported or to provide advice and up to date information on current vacancies across our Trust that match your background, skills and motivation along with support and direction on completing an application form and practical tips for preparing for the selection process.
What’s more, we actively encourage you to contact us if you’re looking to access our dedicated ‘Armed Forces Work Experience Programme’ – this enables you to undertake activity to support you into employment. We’d need to know an outline of the type of role you were looking to gain employment in either within MFT or at an alternative Trust and we’d work with you to develop a tailored programme to aid you in gaining insight to the culture, skills, experience and attitude you’d need to be successful in landing a role in your desired field.
Together – we can
The great news is we also work in partnership with the following organisations:
- The Career Transition Partnership
The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is the Ministry of Defence working with Right Management. They are the official provider of resettlement and have supported leavers of the Armed Forces for over 20 years, as they transition from the military into civilian life. There are huge benefits from registering and accessing the wealth of support we offer, from career transition guidance, skills workshops, vocational training, and routes to employment.
- Forces Families Jobs
Forces Families Jobs is the go-to place for training, employment, and volunteer roles for family members of currently serving UK military personnel.
Service family members can apply for jobs and access employment and training opportunities with companies and organisations who are forces family friendly. All employers advertising vacancies have signed the ‘Armed Forces Covenant’ or are able to demonstrate their commitment to the Armed Forces.
This is a gateway to access information about acquiring new skills, upgrading existing skills or applying directly to employers who are understanding of the unique challenges that come with being a family member of a serving person.
- Walking With The Wounded
Walking With The Wounded ‘WWTW’ deliver employment, mental health, care coordination and volunteering programmes in collaboration with the NHS to get those who served, and their families, whether mentally, socially or physically wounded, back on their feet and making a positive contribution once more. MFT work in partnership with ‘Walking With The Wounded’s’ Employment Programme that have adopted the Individual Placement & Support (IPS) model to help to secure positive employment outcomes for unemployed veterans.
From Armed Forces to MFT employee
Meet some of our MFT employees that have taken the leap from the armed forces community at the largest Trust in England:
David Brayshaw - Veteran
Job title: Director of Laboratory Medicine
Royal Navy – Chief Petty Officer
My military career commenced in the 80’s after signing up from school as a Medical Technician Class Laboratory in the Royal Navy. Basic training took place in Plymouth followed by First Aid and subsequently battle medic training at Royal Naval Hospital Haslar, near Portsmouth. Laboratory training was undertaken at the Institute of Pathology & Tropical Medicine, RAF Halton. I worked my way through the ranks to achieve Chief Petty Officer and along the journey was awarded the Fellowship of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences. I served on-board HMS Ark Royal aircraft carrier, RFA Argus hospital ship and was drafted to serve in the Adriatic during the Bosnian crisis. I was on stand-by to fly out to Iraq in the 90’s for Gulf War II due to be being trained in Nuclear Chemical & Biological Defence (NBCD) and also was on rapid 12hr humanitarian deployment if the volcano on the Island of Montserrat in the Caribbean erupted which would have destroyed the island and it’s population. As Chief Petty Officer I headed up the Microbiology & Viral Serology Departments at RHH Haslar which became a tri-service hospital. In the last few years of service I was deployed to manage the Surgical Support Team field medical hospital team in support of 3 Royal Marine Commando Brigade, and undertook Arctic Warfare training in Norway in readiness for deployment around the globe as the need arose.
Route into NHS
Following more than a decade of service in the Royal Navy, I migrated into the commercial arena of laboratory science, working initially as a sales representative for the sales arm of the Institute Pasteur in France and subsequently joined one of the largest global diagnostics companies working my way up to the position of UK & Ireland National Sales Manager for Molecular Diagnostics.
After 11 years in the private sector I then joined the NHS in 2009 taking on the role as Directorate Manager for Laboratory Medicine at CMFT, which hosts one of the largest laboratory complexes in the UK. The laboratory providing extensive primary, secondary and tertiary services, locally, regionally and nationally. Since 2009 I have used my skills from military and commercial environments to merge several Manchester laboratories, completed an extensive Pan-pathology procurement process and led the successful tendering and mobilisation for the NW cervical cytology service.
Along the journey I was appointed Divisional Director for Laboratory Medicine as the service has continued to expand in both size and complexity.
I have been immersed in the field of Laboratory Medicine since leaving school at aged 16 years old, working in military, private and public sector environments. The skills and experience gained whilst within the Armed Forces has served me well. When issues arise and business continuity plans required to be implemented with urgency, sound decisions can be made, as nothing compares to battle conditions when ‘saving time saves lives’.
Leadership skills, working under pressure, camaraderie, team ethic, discipline, loyalty, professionalism, respect, pride; these in my view are fully transferrable from the military to the NHS. The Armed Forces also instils significant life skills, placing you in challenging conditions and encountering unexpected circumstances, which prepares you well for life and that includes life outside of the forces. What better environment is there than to work as a team, not to win a battle, but to strive to improve the life of those needing and relying heavily on the NHS for help and support, and in many cases for survival.
I am a keen advocate for tapping into the numerous roles we have within the NHS which would absolutely benefit from employing our country’s Armed Forces veterans, and this is not restricted just to medical staffing roles. The NHS being able to take advantage of the transferrable and numerous skills veterans possess, would be a significant way to fill our vacancies. The NHS benefitting from a workforce that truly understands the team working dynamic/ethic, a value which we hold very dear in the beating heart of the NHS.
Diane King - Veteran
Job title: Critical Care Sister (ICU and HDU)
Armed forces reservist: 2015 – present
Intensive care nurse – QARANC (Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps)
Rank – Sgt
I started my military career whilst I was still at The University of Manchester studying for my nursing degree. In my second year I joined the University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) where I learnt the basic soldering skills (which included weapons, drill, navigation and field craft) as well as leadership training which I could apply to my career. Towards the end of my final year I transferred over to 207 Field Hospital, which is an Army Reserves medical unit. I have been with this unit for over 6 years and my current role is the second in charge of ICU (for the unit) and the healthcare governance lead for my detachment.
Unfortunately I have not yet had the opportunity to deploy, but we are currently training for potential future operations which I look forward to. I have completed military, clinical and adventurous training both in the UK and overseas (including Germany, USA, Nepal, Gibraltar and France to name a few). Adventurous training (AT) is used in the British Army to take soldiers out of their comfort zone, and test fear in a controlled environment. During my time at 207, I have been fortunate to go skiing, mountain walking, mountain biking, canoeing and parachuting. I am now one of the leads for AT at my unit; gaining instructor qualifications and organising expeditions for all unit members to attend.
I feel my time with the Army Reserves helped prepare me for the challenging times of COVID-19. They taught me how to adapt to new and different situations and environments and how to work outside my comfort zone. Over the last year I have continued to work in critical care, looking after some of the sickest patients I have ever seen, whilst in full PPE. At the start of the pandemic, we didn’t really
know what to expect and the adrenaline was high as the whole team were keen to get stuck in and help with this new virus, however there was also a lot of anxiety due to the uncertainty the situation created. Our department had a staged escalation protocol that allowed staff to be informed of the plan and what areas of the hospital would have Covid positive or negative critical care patients.
We also had a lot of staff join us from other areas, the education team provided a training package and then we supported them whilst they were on the unit as we faced these new challenges together. A lot of us had no previous experience with an infectious disease like this and we found ourselves adapting to a new working environment. There were many challenges along the way, and my most
important advice would be to make sure staff had debriefs and coping strategies to help them switch off. In the face of various challenges, my colleagues showed great strength and resilience.
How are your military skills benefiting the NHS?
Not only am I bringing my clinical skills from the NHS into the military, but I also have the unique opportunity to build on my civilian breadth of clinical practice, strengthening my skills in some of the most challenging environments on the planet. The training is to a high standard and the casualties are so realistic, and we’ve got colleagues with a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide us. I am trained and tested in simulated casualty scenarios both pre-hospital and in the ICU setting. This also involves areas that I am not normally used to in my NHS ICU environment; paediatric patients, fire evacuations, power outages and CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) attacks.
We also have opportunities to complete courses with the military that enhance our civilian career as they are also recognised by the NHS. These courses include life support (ILS, ALS, PILS, EPALS), burns (EMSB), infectious diseases, CBRN, trauma (BATLS) and major incident planning (MIMMS). The military has also developed my confidence and leadership skills as we abide by the army leadership code, which is founded on our army core values (courage, discipline, respect for others, integrity, loyalty and selfless commitment) and consists of seven leadership behaviours (LEADERS – Lead by example, Encourage thinking, Apply reward and discipline, Demand high performance, Encourage confidence in the team, Recognise individual strengths and weaknesses and Strive for team
goals). This is something I have taken into my new position as a Sister (band 6) on critical care.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully completed my first deployment with further skills and knowledge that I can bring back into the NHS.
Commissioned Officer – as it is something I am considering currently.
Has being a reservist had an impact on your personal life/team/organisation?
I receive the dates for all my training events at the start of the annual year and this allows me to
plan well in advance so it doesn’t really have an impact on my personal life. Our commitment is to complete 27 days minimum and our annual assessments (MATTS). I have many opportunities throughout the year to achieve this as there are plenty events put on to work around our shift patterns. My department and managers are very supportive of my training and commitment to the Army
Reserves as they understand how much they get back from it. I am able to request days off for the weekends away and MFT allows reservists to take extra leave (separate from annual leave) to complete my training.
Why would you recommend the Armed Forces to those working in the NHS?
You will get paid to train in your spare time, have opportunities for adventure, professional
development and gain leadership experience to enhance your civilian career. The Army Reserves are recruiting now – please get in touch if you want more information!
What do you think the NHS gains from employing members of the Armed Forces?
Members of the Armed Forces can gain lots of different transferable and specialist skills that they can take back to the NHS (at no extra cost to them!) to enhance their civilian career. Individuals can develop their teamwork, confidence, decision making, communication and leadership skills. The NHS will get an employee back that is better qualified, skilled, motivated and equipped to manage situations.
Grace Henderson - Veteran
Role: Waiting List Manager
Organisation: Wythenshawe, Radiology
I enlisted in the British Army in September 2011 after leaving Secondary School at the age of 16 as a Combat Human Resources Specialist. After completing Phase 1 and 2 training in Winchester I was assigned my first posting in Bielefeld, Germany with 7 Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps as a Private soldier. I provided financial and clerical support to soldiers of the Regiment in Afghanistan, Germany, Cyprus, Kenya and the United Kingdom. As well, as providing administrative support, I represented my Regiment and Cap Badge in Hockey. As I was only 17 in my posting, I was unable to be deployed with my Regiment who were in Afghanistan. I found myself providing administrate support for the Rear Operations Group to help send soldiers to Afghanistan safely and, account for any ‘CASEVACs’ also known as, Causality Evacuation. I was also responsible for the Regimental relocation move from Germany to the UK which saw over 600 soldiers relocated to Kendrew Barracks in Cottesmore.
Reason for leaving for Armed Forces
In May 2014, I decided to leave the British Army due to an ankle injury I sustained. I wanted tp continue to help the public and use the skills I developed in a non-military organisation. I decided to seek employment within the NHS. I got a position within the NHS in July 2014.
Route into the NHS
Unfortunately, I found the recruitment process difficult and struggled to get a role within the NHS due to not having ‘NHS experience’. Thankfully, a manager within the Radiology department at the Royal Stoke University Hospital gave me the opportunity to prove myself with a zero-hour contract as an Appointment Scheduler. From there, I developed many skills and was eventually promoted to the Trauma and Orthopaedic department in August 2016 as Data Co-ordinator on a newly developed ward known as the Acute Rehabilitation Trauma Unit. Thanks to the fantastic skills I developed in the NHS, combined with my military experience, I was able to successfully gain level one certification in Hyper-Acute Specialised Rehabilitation for patients with highly complex needs on the ward, which has Regional and National accreditation.
At present, I am a band five Waiting List Manager in the Radiology department at Wythenshawe Hospital where, alongside my operational work, I manage a small team of administrative staff.
The Trust has provided funding for me to complete a management degree at the Manchester Metropolitan University to facilitate my NHS career progression and I have also been fortunate enough to participate in the Armed Forces Team within the Trust to help better the service for Armed Forces Personnel.
The British Army helped develop my confidence and leadership skills. Additionally, they have trained me to have an ability to work exceptionally well under pressure which has proved to be an asset during the Global Pandemic.
I aspire to be a band six senior manager either within the Trauma and Orthopaedics department or Accident and Emergency department, as I find these areas to be exciting and fast paced. Additionally, I am a keen advocate in recommending and promoting Armed Forces personnel to be employed
within the NHS. I hope to continue working closely with the Armed Forces Community, Charities, Local Government organisations and the NHS to help better the current services we offer.
Overall, the NHS has been fantastic in supporting me and my career progression. I feel extremely proud working within such an amazing organisation and having the ability to help improve patient care within the North West and Greater Manchester Region. I would highly recommend the NHS to anyone leaving the military who wants to make a difference and help people. As mentioned, I am
proud to work in the NHS and will continue to work in it for the foreseeable future. Individuals who have worked in the military are extremely disciplined and committed to their work and will always go above and beyond what they are asked to do. I believe these attributes are beneficial to the NHS, particularly in times of unprecedented events, such as we are facing at the moment.
Sarah Whyte - Reserve
Job title: Senior support worker for the community neuro rehab team.
Armed forces reservist 2017 – Present
Combat medical Technician (RAMC)
I have been in the armed forces reserves for four years. I am part of 156 regiment 236 Squadron Royal logistic corps attached as a medic. I got involved with the armed forces by completing a selection process where I had to pass the fitness test and medical and team building exercises. Having completed these I began my basic training which every soldier must pass before they can carry on
with their military career.
Basic training for reservists consists of three weeks of learning to survive in the field, handling weapons, firing manoeuvrers, CBRN training, navigation, Battle casualty drills, operation law, values and standards of the British army, learning drill and passing the army fitness test. Once I had completed basic training I completed my class three combat medic course at defence medical services
Whittington, which was a two week course. This course teaches the basic medical treatment to treat injured soldiers on a battle field who may have serious injuries. I am hoping to complete my class 2 course this year, where I will gain more training in advanced life support and hopefully move onto my class 1 course next year. I have had opportunities to attach onto a regular Army medical unit at Fullwood Barracks to gain more skills within the medical role.
Finally, my unit have completed annual camp training in many different places in the UK and overseas to enhance soldiering skills, complete adventure training, develop leadership skills and team building within the regiment.
Role during COVID
156 Regiment was even deployed last year throughout the Covid 19 pandemic to assist in the supply of PPE around the country. Whilst my unit was deployed I stayed within MFT and was re-deployed to Crumpsall Vale during the start of the pandemic to assist with patients rehab. Some of these patients where post covid and needed rehabilitation before they could return to their own homes. Even after returning to my regular job for the community neuro team I have assisted in post covid patients rehab within their own homes and have had some very positive outcomes.
How are your Military skills benefitting the NHS?
It helps develop valuable skills such as leadership and development, as well as building confidence in medical skills. I’ve delivered various presentations within the MLCO to show what skills a reservist can bring to the NHS and why we should support our armed forces within the trust.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hoping to be classed 1 trained and teaching within my regiment. Promoted.
Has being a reservist had an impact on your personal life? I plan my training with how it suits me so it hasnt had a bit impact on my personal life. Being a reservist is very flexible. You have many opportunities in a year to complete your training so you are efficient in your role and deployable when needed.
Has being a reservist had an impact on the team you work with and the organisation?
My team are very supportive and I can tell my manager in advance of when I need to take leave for my annual camp so they can get cover. I get my training programme for the reserves in advance so I can work it around my full time job within MFT.
Why would you recommend the Armed Forces to those working in the NHS?
You gain lots of different skills which will help to develop your confidence, leadership and team building. You get many opportunities to train in different places in the UK and overseas. This could be your annual camp or hiking expeditions or adventure training. You can even play sport for your regiment. I have gained many different medical skills but if you want to train in something completely different there are many other different trades. These include suppliers, drivers, engineers, chefs and much more.
What do you think the NHS gains from employing members of the Armed Forces?
All armed forces abide by their values and standards such as courage, discipline, respect, integrity, loyalty, selfless commitment, lawful, appropriate behaviour and total professionalism, Which will also be transferred into their role within the NHS. Also by employing a reservist an employer will always be supported by the MOD.
Stephen Hawes - Reserve
Role: Major Trauma Consultant
I joined the Army Reserve in 2009 when our local Reserve medical unit, 207 Field Hospital, was recruiting clinicians prior to its deployment to Afghanistan the following year. As a “Professionally Qualified Officer” I was appointed to the embarrassingly high rank of Major and undertook my officer training at Sandhurst the following year.
After an intense year of military and medical training, with the full support of the Trust, I was promoted to Lt Col and our unit deployed jointly with the US Navy in 2010/11. My role was as Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Trauma Centre in Camp Bastion, Helmand Province. I can honestly say that the superbly functioning medical system from point of injury to rehabilitation and
the standard of care, camaraderie, challenge and sense of purpose made this the best and most rewarding professional experience of my life.
Since then I have continued with 207 and travelled to places like Wisconsin, Germany and Gibraltar for our 2 week annual camps and also had “adventurous training” trips including walking in Spain and skiing in France. There is a 27 day training commitment per year but it is appreciated that busy clinicians cannot always keep this. This is largely made up of evening training sessions, weekends
away and annual camp. The Trust gives an extra week of leave with pay and a week without pay to support Reserves attending annual camp. I didn’t realise before I joined that you also get paid a daily rate for being in the Reserves.
The MEN bombing in May 2017 brought all my experiences in Afghanistan back and I was able to use some of my learning from this on that dreadful night. The injuries were different but the principles were the same. More recently a small group of us travelled to Barbados to help the Barbados Defence Force and the island’s clinicians set up a field hospital system. This field hospital is now available for deployment to humanitarian disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes in the region. We hope to go back again after Covid-19 to continue this work.
It’s been difficult at times to maintain my Reserve commitment but this has been made possible with the support of the Trust and my family. However, I’ve benefited from a substantial amount of medical and other training with the Reserves, which has undoubtedly been influential in my work in Emergency Medicine and as a Major Trauma Consultant in the Trust.
One last thing
We hope we have demonstrated our ambition and passion to support our amazingly brave, dedicated and highly skilled Armed Forces Community and the wide range of opportunities and support on offer to you and your family members as an employer of choice for active and ex-military personnel.
Join us now, and you’ll be at the forefront of a pioneering health and social care system as well as being a valued team member with the largest NHS Trusts in the country. We truly hope you take the leap with us!