Medical Support Officer (physio) ADDED TO SAVED ROLES
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Medical Support Officer (physio)

Medical Support Officer, Physiotherapists, keep our personnel fit and medically prepared for demanding operational roles.

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

Similar civilian roles include Physiotherapist (mainly musculoskeletal but also in other fields - eg intensive care/trauma/ orthopaedics).

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a Medical Support Officer (physio) in the RAF.

Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£30,616 + Benefits

Pay during training

£25,727 + Benefits

Entry level

Officer

Commitment

Usual service

6 years

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Officer

Commitment

27 days per year for 12 years minimum. Each year includes a 15 day block for general RAF training, which is taken over a two week period, and 12 days for additional/trade training, or training exercises.

The possibility of being deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

Locations

502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
612 Sqn RAF Leuchars, Fife (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
4626 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

I am a physiotherapist within the Medical Support Officer branch. 

'My current role is Officer in Charge of the Regional Rehabilitation Unit (RRU) at MOD St Athan in Wales, which is responsible for military staff within the West Midlands and South Wales.

In general my role is to deliver clinical rehabilitative care to service personnel in aid of force generation and recovery. This could be in support of operational readiness within a Primary Care Rehabilitation Facility (PCRF), the RRU, at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court, on various military exercises (ranging from UK Special Forces selection to the RFA Argus) or on deployments.

Although my current job is predominantly managerial in nature, as a clinician I assess and treat military patients potentially from all 3 services and who present with a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries.

Joining the RAF has been the best career choice I could have made. It has been challenging but incredibly rewarding. I have developed as a leader, advanced my knowledge and skills, and have had opportunities that are incomparable with any other career opportunities that I have had.'

My Day

'Managing a busy physiotherapy department involves meetings, administrative work, assessing and treating patients alongside experienced clinicians including Doctors with Sports and Exercise Medicine qualifications, training and doing sports and occasionally travelling.

Every job varies and some are more demanding than others, but even as Officer in Charge, I have opportunities to access sport and gym on a daily basis. I live in married quarters on camp and therefore have no commute to get home and spend time with my young family.'

Chris, Physiotherapist

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

Initial Officer Training

Like all our Specialist Branch officers, you will begin your RAF career on the Specialist Entrant and Re-Entrant (SERE) course at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire.  This is an 13-week course specially designed for professionally qualified entrants to the RAF.  The course includes fitness development, military training, weapons handling and academic study, as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges.

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 the Defence Medical Services Training Centre at Keogh Barracks where you will be given a further 3 weeks of professional training, with fellow professionals, on the introduction to Medical, Dental and Nursing Officers’ 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.

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.

Your Career Prospects

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 later, 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.

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 (HCPC). 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.

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.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Spare Time
Reserve

Reserve Officer Initial Training

After basic training, 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. 

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

As well as being a graduate physiotherapist with evidence of having completed 2 years of post-graduate rotational training, you must be fully registered with the HCPC. 

You will also need to have GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) in English Language, Mathematics and 3 other acceptable subjects or Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) Standard Grades at a minimum of Grade 2 in English Language, Mathematics and 3 other acceptable subjects or Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) grades at Grade 5 in English Language, Mathematics and 3 other acceptable subjects. 

If you have a Third-Class Honours degree you will also need 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.

Age:

  • 20 - 36

 

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

Spare Time
Reserve

Job requirements

Qualifications:

As well as being a graduate physiotherapist with evidence of having completed 2 years of post-graduate rotational training, you must be fully registered with the HCPC. 

You will also need to have GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) in English Language, Mathematics and 3 other acceptable subjects or Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) Standard Grades at a minimum of Grade 2 in English Language, Mathematics and 3 other acceptable subjects or Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) grades at Grade 5 in English Language, Mathematics and 3 other acceptable subjects. 

As well as being a graduate physiotherapist with evidence of having completed two years of post-graduate rotational training, you must be fully registered with the Health Professions Council. 

Age:

18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

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Full Time
Regular

Spare Time
Reserve