Awards DMWS are proud to have won awards in recognition of the support we provide to our Armed Forces DMWS first ever recipients of the Sovereign's Medal Members of DMWS attended a packed investiture in the historic Priory Church of St John on the 5th April 2016, to receive the Sovereign's Medal from the Prior of the Order of St John, Rodney Green, CBE. The Order of St John is a British Royal Order of Chivalry and the investiture is an opportunity for The Order to publicly affirm it's grateful thanks for each individuals' contribution. In an official ceremony in front of invited guests, Lt Gen John Stokoe CB CBE, Chairman of DMWS Trustees took his place along side 80 or so other Postulants who were receiving various accolades, to receive the medal - the first ever awarded. The Soveriegn's Medal is in fact a Medallion (a Medal not to be worn) is engraved and is accompanied by a Diploma, specially worded to reflect achievement of the recipient. In DMWS's case, the citation reads "For its exceptional support to members of HM Forces, their dependents and others engaged by our Armed Forces through the provision of hospital welfare services in operational theatres around the world, in Germany, in Cyprus and in the United Kingdom." Her Majesty The Queen, as Sovereign Head of the Order personally approves all the honours which are made in recognition of outstanding achievement, the successful discharge of responsibility or notable and selfless service. Last year, three members of DMWS staff were awarded for their service by being invested as Members of the Order. The Priory Church stands in the site of the original round church built by the Knights of St John and was consecrated 1185. Although only the Crypt of the original church survives today, the lines of the old round nave can be seen in the pavement outside. DMWS Staff Honoured for Outstanding Achievement Three members of DMWS staff attended a prestigious ceremony on the 20th October 2015 to receive the Order of St John.HM The Queen, as the Sovereign Head of the Order, honours individuals with admission to, or promotion within, the Order in recognition of their outstanding achievement, successful discharge of responsibility or notable and selfless service in furthering the objectives of the Order. It was therefore a huge honour for Trevor Edwards - Director of Operations, Amanda Marcroft - Service Delivery Manager and Jeanette Spriggs - former Welfare Officer, to receive the award. We are extremely proud of all of our staff and are delighted when their service is recognised in this way. Our warmest congratulations and best wishes go to Trevor, Amanda and Jeanette. Employer Recognition Silver Award DMWS have won an Employer Recognition Silver Award for our outstanding support to the UK’s Armed Forces, Regular and Reserve Forces. On Thursday the 13th November 2014, DMWS, along with seventeen other key businesses based in the South of England, was invited by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to Blenheim Palace to receive the award. The awards were presented by The Minister of Reserves, Julian Brazier MP and Brigadier Andrew Hughes MBE, Commander of 11 Infantry Brigade. The scheme was launched by the Prime Minister on the 17th July 2014 at 10 Downing Street, where nine companies were awarded the highest accolade the ‘Gold Award’. The Ministry of Defence launched the new Employer Recognition Scheme, to reward and recognise UK employers for their support and commitment towards Defence. The scheme was a commitment made in the July 2013 White Paper “Reserves in the Future Force 2020”. Julian Brazier TD MP, Minister for Reserves said: “I am delighted with the positive response to the Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme, launched by the Prime Minister in July this year. Over 360 employers have already been recognised with the Silver Award via this scheme. I am very happy to join 18 of them at Blenheim Palace in recognition of the high levels of commitment demonstrated towards Defence personnel. We look forward to recognising many more employers in future.” We are proud to employ members of The Reserves as we recognise the value that their skills and experiences bring to their role at DMWS. Military & Civilian Health Partnership Awards 2013 DMWS were proud to win a Military & Civilian Health Partnership award under the category Healthcare for/by Deployed Forces at the annual Military & Civilian Health Partnership Awards held in Cardiff on the 21st May 2013. DMWS was judged the best in their field for the significant contribution it makes to the healthcare of military patients on operational deployment. Lorraine Pink, Director of Business Development at DMWS says “We’re delighted to have won our category at the Military & Civilian Health Partnership Awards. We’re the only civilian welfare organisation and military charity that deploys to areas of conflict with the Armed Forces. Our Welfare Officers do an incredible job supporting injured troops in Afghanistan, often coming under fire themselves, so we were thrilled the work that they do was publically recognised”.