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NHS: Reserve Forces

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support the NHS provides to staff who wish to volunteer for the Reserve Forces; and what guidance his Department provides to the NHS on the matter. (283079)

“The Healthy Workplaces Handbook” published by NHS Employers in 2007 includes advice for employers and employees on issues that should be considered in respect of staff who wish to undertake voluntary activities that may impact on their national health service work. A copy of the relevant section has been placed in the Library. In 2004, the Department published “Improving Working Lives: The Value of supporting staff who volunteer” which was designed to persuade NHS employers to encourage volunteering by their staff and includes a section on the volunteer reserve forces. A copy of this has been placed in the Library.