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With over 60 years of combined experience in the armed forces and the NHS, our dedicated team is ready to support you.

What is the Armed Forces Talent Programme?

The Armed Forces Talent Programme (AFTP) is at the forefront of supporting the armed forces community with career transition activities and access to career opportunities within NHSScotland. The AFTP team delivers a range of events, activities, and initiatives aimed at increasing the reach and reputation of NHSScotland within the armed forces community to:

  • Promote career opportunities and existing pathways to inspire potential applicants to pursue them.
  • Help NHSScotland employers to engage with the armed forces community and support them in meeting their Armed Forces Covenant employment-related pledges.

The programme is provided by NHS Education for Scotland (NES). NES assists NHSScotland employers to have the right people in the right place at the right time through education, training, and workforce development.

If you have any questions about the programme, please email the team at

Duncan Mackinnon, Head of Programme

The Armed Forces Transition Programme (AFTP) is an expression of the commitment of Scotland's largest employer to its responsibilities towards the Armed Forces Community. It acknowledges the sense of service, extensive knowledge, and skills that exist within this community and the ways in which these strengths can benefit NHSScotland.

Laura McKie, Specialist Lead

Laura is one of the specialist leads in the Armed Forces Talent Programme. She's had a career of almost 30 years in the NHS, most recently in a role supporting employability, apprenticeships, and attraction.

Ed Challis, Specialist Lead

With a 7-year military career with the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Ed understands the career transition process inside out. He is keen to share how the armed forces community can use their transferable skills in the NHS.

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The mission is simple. Recruit more members of the armed forces community into our workforce. Register with the AFTP to find out how we can help you.

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