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Army medic takes on Reserves’ Champion role at NHS Trust

A Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner who works for a NHS Trust in Derbyshire has been appointed Reserves Champion in her place of work thanks to her part-time military career.

I am really passionate about being Reserves’ Champion. Christine Ongoma

Christine Ongoma, who works at Whitemoor Medical Centre in Belper, is employed by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust and spends her spare time serving as a reservist with the Army Reserve’s 212 Field Hospital in Beeston. 

Explaining why it was an honour to except her new title, Christine said: “I am really passionate about being a Reserves’ Champion. It is a new role created by HR to allow us to work together to raise awareness about being a reservist and encourage other people who are currently or have previously served in the military to consider a career with the Trust. 

“So far, I have nominated the Trust to receive a Bronze Employer Recognition Scheme Award which we were granted last year and helped to organise the Armed Forces Covenant signing in November.

“I have also been working with managerial colleagues to influence the HR policy which was a huge task as our proposals had financial implications, but I’m pleased to say the Trust now offers three weeks paid leave for reservists to complete their military training commitments, on top of their regular annual leave provided as standard.”

Christine grew up in Kenya and worked with the Kenyan Red Cross in a Humanitarian Aid Camp, working alongside military personnel, for two years after qualifying as a nurse. She Joined the Army Reserve in 2009.