Medical and medical support Medical Support Officer (physio)

As an RAF Medical Support Officer, Physiotherapist, you will help keep our personnel fit and medically prepared for demanding operational roles.

Full-time regular Spare time reserve

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PAY DURING TRAINING £26,500+ + Benefits

Initial pay after training £31,800+ + Benefits

DAY RATE STARTS AT: Depends on role, rank and experience

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APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 20 – 36 years old
  • Be a graduate physiotherapist with evidence of having completed 5 years of post-graduate experience
  • Be fully registered with the HCPC
  • Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Commit to minimum 6 years service
  • Meet the fitness and health criteria
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Helping people
  • Travelling the world

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday - Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)
  • Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Be fully registered with the HCPC.
  • Be a graduate physiotherapist with evidence of having completed 2 years of post-graduate rotational training
  • Have GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or Scottish Certificate of Education Standard Grades at a minimum of Grade 2 or Scottish National Equivalent grades at Grade 5 in English Language, Mathematics and 3 other acceptable subjects
  • Have at least 2 A2 Levels/3 Highers at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 160 UCAS points
  • Commit 27 days per year for 12 years minimum
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Helping people

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

  • Treat acute medical and surgical cases in hospital settings
  • Care for injured front-line personnel
  • Provide primary care for the rehabilitation of RAF Personnel

As an RAF Medical Support Officer (physio) your job is to deliver clinical rehabilitative care to service personnel to help force generation and recovery. This could be within a Primary Care Rehabilitation Facility, on various military exercises (ranging from UK Special Forces selection to the RFA Argus) or on deployments. Your job will be predominantly managerial in nature but you will also assess and treat military patients potentially from all 3 services and who present with a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries.

There may be further opportunities to work on front-line Main Operating Bases around the world, at large Regional Rehabilitation Unit and at the new national centre of excellence, the Defence National Rehabilitation Centre at Loughborough.

It is highly likely that you will be deployed to provide specific skills in support of a military campaign, where you will provide essential care to front-line personnel in the most challenging of environments. Within your first few years, you will probably be deployed overseas for anything from a few days to several months. You will deliver the same high standard of care as you would at home, but you will have to handle the extra challenges of working in a field hospital or deployed medical facility, whether that is a tent in the desert or a mobile treatment centre. All Medical Support Officer Physiotherapy Officers are given specific training in aviation medicine and occupational health issues specific to a military setting.

WHY JOIN THE RAF?

Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.

Salary
Benefits Salary
Civilian Role
RAF Role
  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • 6 weeks holiday

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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

TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE

You will begin your RAF career on the Specialist Entrant and Re-entrant (SERE) course at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire.  You will follow a 13-week course specially designed for professionally qualified entrants to the RAF. 

SPECIALIST TRAINING

Following completion of the SERE course, you will complete a 2-week Basic Air Warfare Course at the Air Warfare Centre, which is also at RAF College Cranwell. After a short period of well-earned leave, you will go to Defence Medical Services Lichfield and attend the Introduction of Medical, Dental and Nursing Officer's course. The final phase of initial training is the one-week Physiotherapy Aviation Medicine course at RAF Henlow.  You will then be ready for your first productive appointment.

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FOUNDATION TOUR

Like most people in the RAF, you will probably move jobs every 2 or 3 years; each job is known as a tour.  Primary care settings involve working in either Medical Centres at RAF bases or Regional Rehabilitation Units located throughout the UK.  Depending on your knowledge and experience, you may be selected to work in a specialist field at the Centre for Aviation Medicine or at the DMRC Headley Court.

ONGOING DEVELOPMENT

As a Physiotherapy Officer, you will have extensive opportunities for further professional development throughout your career. This will include various types of ongoing professional training to ensure your continued registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Additional post-graduate training allied to your chosen speciality will be provided, be it neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, acute care or specific rehabilitation. As an autonomous practitioner, you will have the opportunity to test your skills in more challenging ways when undergoing operational tours in Field Hospitals or on Deployed Operational Operating Bases at various locations.

CAREER PROSPECTS/PROGRESSION

You will join the RAF on an initial commission of 6 years and may be selected to serve on a pension earning commission of 20 years’ service or age 40, whichever is the latter, during this time. Physiotherapists will be commissioned in the rank of Flying Officer with an award of one-year seniority unless they have already accrued recognised clinical experience which may be added to increase seniority on entry. Promotion to Flight Lieutenant will be achieved on reaching 4 years’ seniority in the rank of Flying Officer subject to recommendation. All further promotions will be by competitive selection on merit and subject to requirement to fill established posts.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

As well as having all the promotion and development opportunities of their civilian counterparts, Physiotherapy Officers have the chance to work around the world and gain unique medical experiences. Similarly, experience of military medical management and training provides any health professional with an excellent grounding for managerial progression if that is the chosen route for a future career.

TRAINING AND CAREER

INITIAL TRAINING

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15-day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course will introduce you to the RAF lifestyle and include fitness development and military training.

RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING

After the residential course, recruits go on to Reserve Officer Initial Training during their second year. This combines distance learning with residential weekends at the prestigious RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. It also includes a two-week residential phase at Cranwell where Reserves mix with Regular Officers on their initial training. During this period you will gain the skills and knowledge to command and lead in military roles and beyond.  

Commitment and location

You will have to commit to 27 days per year for 12 years minimum.


Each year includes a 15-day block for general RAF training, and 12 separate days for extra training or exercises.


You might be deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Be aged between 20 and 36 years old.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Be aged between 20 and 54 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Be a graduate physiotherapist with evidence of having completed 2 years of post-graduate rotational training, and be fully registered with the HCPC.

 

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years may be considered.

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 two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process: Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course.
How fit you need to be to pass these tests 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:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • 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 a 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. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5
Three other subjects C Grade 4 Grade 5

find a list of the approved subjects here

Be a graduate physiotherapist with evidence of having completed 2 years of post-graduate rotational training and be fully registered with the HCPC.

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years may be considered.

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
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run (Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.10 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12.00 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26
45-49 12.54 7.07 16 23
50-54 13.27 7.01 15 20
FEMALES
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run(Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
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
45-49 15.19 5.04 6 20
50-54 15.53 4.09 5 17

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

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

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • 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. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

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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GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

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