Military Liaison Officers to Health Boards in Covid19 crisis

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Just received an email from my Health Board, it appears, that in Scotland anyway, each Health Board has received a Military Liaison. Primarily to help with supply chain and volunteers rather than any specific direct health care duties.

My email says

Military Liaison Officers have now been deployed to each NHS Board in Scotland to assist in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Major Alison Bagnall and Major Tom French have been assigned to NHS Highland and will be based at Assynt House, Inverness for the duration of their deployment. This will complement the routine liaison already established through the Highlands and Islands Local Resilience Partnership.

The embedding of Major Bagnall and Major French will ensure that their expertise and advice is available to allow us to continue the delivery of services, particularly for those tasks which require logistical expertise, for example:

· co-ordination and transport of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other supplies
· co-ordination of the huge voluntary effort in support of all those affected by the measures put in place, particularly the more vulnerable who require that additional level of welfare support
· logistical advice.

Major Alison Bagnall MBE MDA BSc(Hons) Served in the Regular Army for 29 years, retiring in 2017 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Major Bagnall is a specialist in Human Resources (HR) and Logistic support. She saw service in Europe, Far East, South Atlantic Africa and across the UK. Her considerable experience includes resilience planning & delivery and public safety. Major Bagnall joined the Army Reserve in 2018. She is married with four step-children and nine grandchildren and lives in Speyside.

Major Tom French BA (Hons) has served for ten years in the British Army and is currently part-way through an MBA. As an aviation specialist, he has undertaken a wide variety of roles including planning, logistics and integration of aviation into the battlefield. He has deployed on operations to the Middle East and Afghanistan, and trained throughout the US, South America and Europe. He has close family working in the NHS at nurse and consultant level
 
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Just received an email from my Health Board, it appears, that in Scotland anyway, each Health Board has received a Military Liaison. Primarily to help with supply chain and volunteers rather than any specific direct health care duties.

My email says

Military Liaison Officers have now been deployed to each NHS Board in Scotland to assist in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Major Alison Bagnall and Major Tom French have been assigned to NHS Highland and will be based at Assynt House, Inverness for the duration of their deployment. This will complement the routine liaison already established through the Highlands and Islands Local Resilience Partnership.



The embedding of Major Bagnall and Major French will ensure that their expertise and advice is available to allow us to continue the delivery of services, particularly for those tasks which require logistical expertise, for example:



· co-ordination and transport of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other supplies

· co-ordination of the huge voluntary effort in support of all those affected by the measures put in place, particularly the more vulnerable who require that additional level of welfare support

· logistical advice.



Major Alison Bagnall MBE MDA BSc(Hons) Served in the Regular Army for 29 years, retiring in 2017 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Major Bagnall is a specialist in Human Resources (HR) and Logistic support. She saw service in Europe, Far East, South Atlantic Africa and across the UK. Her considerable experience includes resilience planning & delivery and public safety. Major Bagnall joined the Army Reserve in 2018. She is married with four step-children and nine grandchildren and lives in Speyside.



Major Tom French BA (Hons) has served for ten years in the British Army and is currently part-way through an MBA. As an aviation specialist, he has undertaken a wide variety of roles including planning, logistics and integration of aviation into the battlefield. He has deployed on operations to the Middle East and Afghanistan, and trained throughout the US, South America and Europe. He has close family working in the NHS at nurse and consultant level
I would have thought OWOs would have been a better choice unless the Majors are just the figureheads.
 

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