Armed Forces Network shortlisted for the 2019 HSJ Awards

NHS High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is delighted to announce that the Armed Forces Network for Sussex and Kent & Medway has been shortlisted for the Military and Civilian Health Partnership Award at this year’s HSJ Awards, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to healthcare. 

The judging panel, made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, have shortlisted the Armed Forces Network in a field with tough competition from hundreds of excellent applicants. The Armed Forces Network has been selected based on their ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that they have had on patient and staff experiences within the health and social care sector.  

The Armed Forces Network for Sussex and Kent & Medway, which is hosted by NHS Hastings and Rother CCG,  brings together organisations to help make sure people with a background in the British Armed Forces are able to access support and get help on a range of issues including physical or mental health, housing, employment and welfare. The Network, which includes members from the NHS, the MoD, police, local authorities, serving personnel as well as charities and other local organisations, aims to raise awareness of the support available and improve the lives of the Armed Forces Community (AFC).

Led by Kate Parkin, on behalf of the local Clinical Commissioning Groups, the Network was established in Sussex in 2011 and expanded to Kent & Medway in 2016.  There are now over 1000 Service Champions from a wide range of organisations and disciplines who, through training and development, develop an understanding of the culture of the armed forces community and champion it within their organisation. 

The Network acts as a knowledge hub with information and support, provided through dedicated websites, training, awareness-raising events, and community engagement. They provide 1-1 support, offer drop-in sessions and Association gatherings, and also work with professionals whether it is in the commissioning or delivery of services or with information such as ‘how to’ guides and factsheets.

Kate Parkin, Director for the Armed Forces Network said: “I am really honoured and proud to have the Network shortlisted for the Military and Civilian Health Partnership Award at this year’s HSJ Awards.  To be shortlisted from amongst the other outstanding work being done to support the Armed Forces Community is an amazing achievement and reflects the good practice and collaboration between the different organisations in Sussex and Kent & Medway and the dedication of the Armed Forces Service Champions to making a difference.”

HSJ editor Alistair Mclellan, added: “We would like to congratulate the Armed Forces Network on being nominated in the category of Military and Civilian Health Partnership Award ahead of this year’s 2019 HSJ awards. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in November, to join us in recognising the very best achievements and innovations in the healthcare sector. The entrants this year have been of incredible calibre, and each of the finalists in this category have been chosen based on their outstanding commitment to excellence in healthcare.”