SSP Health has shown its commitment to our armed forces and veterans by pledging to support them in its GP practices across the North West.
SSP has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant, which supports regular, reservist and former personnel and their families, ensuring they are not disadvantaged in the services they require and giving special consideration to their needs.
The Covenant means SSP will promote itself as being armed forces-friendly; support the employment of veterans and their partners; recognise leave requirements; encourage staff who wish to be reservists and support cadet units and armed forces events.
SSP Health Chief Operating Officer Noeleen Bailey said: “SSP Health is proud to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant, especially in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday when we all honour the fallen.
“Military personnel and their families sacrifice so much for our country and we recognise that they may have particular health needs that we can cater for, either during their time in the services or afterwards.
“In time for VE Day in May, all our GP practices were officially recognised as Veteran Friendly, meaning they give special attention to the medical and social needs of ex-service personnel. This latest commitment also highlights our deep support for those who are currently in the forces.”
Practice Manager Simon Carr, whose Poplar Street Surgery was one of the first to become Veteran Friendly, has spearheaded SSP Health’s commitment to the armed forces. He spent 25 years in the Army before working in healthcare.
Noeleen added: “Simon is the Armed Force Champion for SSP Health and has been instrumental in ensuring we have the very best support available for military personnel, veterans and their families.”
Read the Covenant below: