Medical and medical support Medical Support Officer (Pharmacist)

As an RAF Medical Support Office (Pharmacist) you will join as an RAF Reserve, working 27 days a year to provide a high standard of pharmaceutical care to support deployed operations, as well as managing prescriptions for aeromedical evacuation patients.

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DAY RATE STARTS AT: Depends on rank and experience

Is this for you?

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 18 – 55 years old (Must attest before 55th birthday)
  • Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Be a registered member of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Be a graduate Pharmacist with evidence of having completed 2 years of post-graduate rotational training in a secondary healthcare environment
  • Have GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C
  • Commit 27 days per year for 12 years minimum
  • Pass the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Travelling the world
  • Helping people
  • Analysis and maths

Locations

502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station. Co Antrim
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex
612 Sqn Leuchars Station
4626 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Care for injured front-line personnel as part of a multi-disciplinary team, working at the forefront of clinical pharmacy, clinically screening and monitoring responses to prescribed medication
  • Deliver clinical pharmacy services across a range of clinical areas including acute medicine, general medicine, surgery, infectious diseases, trauma, orthopaedics and critical care
  • Develop pharmaceutical care plans to support the transfer of patients requiring aeromedical evacuation

As an RAF Medical Support Officer (Pharmacist) your job is to deliver pharmaceutical care to personnel potentially from all 3 services on various military exercises or on deployments, Your job will be managerial in nature, you will be predominantly ward based and also responsible for managing a field hospital dispensary where you will be supported by a pharmacy technician.

WHY JOIN THE RESERVES?

The skills you acquire as a Reserve won’t just prepare you for the RAF, they will enhance your work and civilian life.

You might be called up to assist with our operations worldwide for up to six months, during which you may be able to claim a pay award to cover your and your employer’s costs.

  • Training
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Paid pension
  • Paid holiday

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TRAINING AND CAREER

INITIAL TRAINING

Your career as a Pharmacist in the Reserves will begin with Basic Recruit Training (BRT) at RAF Halton which is a 2-week course that should be completed within your first year in the RAF Reserves. BRT is designed to teach basic military skills such as weapon handling and drill. This is followed by 4 weekends and 2 weeks on the Reserve Officer Initial Training course (ROIT) at RAF College Cranwell. ROIT is designed to build upon the military skills gained during BRT and cultivate leadership skills through academic study and field exercises to develop you into an officer and culminates in graduation from RAF College Cranwell as a Commissioned Officer.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

On completion of initial training you will attend the following courses:

  • 2-week Basic Air Warfare Course (BAWC) at RAF Cranwell.
  • 5-day RAF Medical Services Officers Phase Two training course held at Tactical Medical Wing, RAF Brize Norton and Air Command, RAF High Wycombe.

All specialist training should be completed within 3 years of joining the RAF Reserves.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Reserve Medical Support Officer (Pharmacists) are commissioned into the rank of Flt Lt. The maximum seniority on joining is OF2 (Flt Lt) plus 5 years. All further promotions will be by competitive selection and subject to requirement to fill established posts.

ONGOING DEVELOPMENT

There are a multitude of diverse personal and professional development opportunities that you will be able to access, which include courses, conferences, placements, military and adventurous training. You will also be able to challenge and expand your clinical and leadership skills by working in Medical Facilities on Main Operating Bases in the UK or deploying to austere locations around the world.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

You will have all the development opportunities and career prospects available to your civilian counterparts, together with the opportunity to work around the world and gain unique Pharmacist and personal experiences.

Commitment and location

The minimum annual commitment is 27 days which involves 15 days continuous training and 6 training weekends.

The 15 days of continuous training can be achieved by attending your Medical Squadron’s annual camp, a military training course or clinical placement. Whilst 27 days is the minimum commitment, there may be opportunity to complete more than 27 training days per year.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen and be between 18 and 54 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

You must have a minimum of 5 GCSE / SCEs at grade C/2 minimum or equivalent, including English Language and Maths.

You must also have an accredited degree in Pharmacy (MPharm, BPharm BSc).

You must be a registered member of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). With evidence of having completed 2 years of post-graduate rotational training in a secondary healthcare environment. Achieved or working towards postgraduate diploma in a subject related to medicines management.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through a Pre-joining Fitness Test. 
How fit you need to be to pass this test can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:

AGE

2.4 Km Run

Multi-Stage Fitness Test

Press-ups

Sit-ups

(Mins)

(Score)

(No.)

(No.)

15-16

11.39

9.03

20

35

17-29

11.11

9.1

20

35

30-34

11.36

9.04

19

32

35-39

12

8.09

18

29

40-44

12.26

8.03

17

26

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:

AGE

2.4 Km Run

Multi-Stage Fitness Test

Press-ups

Sit-ups

(Mins)

(Score)

(No.)

(No.)

15-16

13.54

6.07

10

32

17-29

13.23

7.02

10

32

30-34

13.47

6.08

9

29

35-39

14.13

6.04

8

26

40-44

14.48

5.08

7

23



HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
AgeMale and female minimumMale and female maximumMale maximum with additional assessmentFemale maximum with additional assessment
18 +18283230
16 to < 1817272727
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. 
    Any permanent or temporary tattoos, whether ordinarily visible or not, must not be obscene or offensive (eg, racist, anti-religion or belief, crude, overtly sexist, homophobic, drug related or of an extreme political nature). Tattoos may be worn on the side and back of the neck but tattoos on the back of the neck must not extend above the natural hairline (scalp tattoos are not permitted). In addition, tattoos must not be visible below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform, although a single finger (not thumb) tattoo that could be covered by a ring may be permitted
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

Beard Policy:

A revised facial hair policy has been agreed by the Air Force Board which will allow serving personnel to wear a smart, neatly-trimmed, full-set beard whilst maintaining high standards of appearance. The length of acceptable beards is between Grade 1 (2.5mm) and Grade 8 (25.5mm).

The wearing of beards during Phase 1 and Phase 2 training is currently under consideration and details will be advised when available.

If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.

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