Medical Support Officer ADDED TO SAVED ROLES
Medical and medical support

Medical Support Officer

Medical Support Officers provide operational, managerial and administrative support for RAF and defence medical services on base and beyond.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic and tactical planning, as well as delivery of health services
  • Design, deliver and audit specialist medical training
  • Manage medical logistics, budgets and personnel

Similar civilian roles include Health service manager, Local government auditor, Humanitarian aid administrator OR Purchasing and supply manager.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a Medical Support Officer 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

12 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 Leuchars Station, Fife (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

4626 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

 

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

‘Really, we are health service managers. We don’t do clinical work, but we make sure support is available to medics, that the equipment they need is available or that they’re meeting clinical guidelines.’

My Day

‘At the moment, my job is to support the Director of General Medical Services. I work with the media if any medical personnel are featured and I’m helping with plans about how we keep our medical services going in case of emergency.

When I was on operations we didn’t just deal with troops; we helped local civilians who’d been injured too. And I’ve had plenty of other opportunities to travel. I’ve done adventurous training in Tanzania where we climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.’

Julie, Medical Support Officer

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

Initial Officer Training

Like all our officers, you will begin your RAF career with Initial Officer Training (IOT) at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire.  You will follow a challenging 24-week course designed to develop your leadership and management skills.  The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges. 

You can find out more information about IOT in this publication.

Specialist training

Phase 2 of specialist training for RAF MSO’s (Mainstream)1 starts with an ‘E’ learning package, issued by the Branch Sponsor, when you complete IOT.  This is completed during the first 6 months of your first tour as a junior officer.  In addition, during the first 10 months, you will attend the Initial Medical Support Officers course, which lasts for 10 weeks and is held at the Defence Medical Services Training Centre at Aldershot in Hampshire with detachments to various units.  The course is based on the 5 pillars of the branch’s output (Operations, Logistics, Training, Primary and Secondary Healthcare Management and Medical Administration) and will provide you with a clear understanding of health in its widest sense and how health services are provided in a military context. 

Over the period of the 10 weeks you will be detached to HQ TMW, Surgeon General/Joint Medical Commands HQ and Air Command.  On completion of this course, the content of Phase 3 training will depend on your current posting.  However, most personnel would be expected to complete the Medical Operational Training course held at HQ TMW at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.  Phases 2 and 3 will be completed over an 18-month period.  All early training will, collectively, give you a sound introduction to RAF Medical Services and Defence Medical Services as well as the type of knowledge you will need to enjoy a successful career as a MSO.

Foundation Tour

As a MSO, your first tour is likely to be at HQ TMW or HQ Air Command at RAF High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.  It is a chance to learn how the RAF works, and the experience you gain will stand you in good stead for the rest of your career.

Your Career Prospects

You will join the RAF on an Initial Commission of 12 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. Promotion to the rank of Flight Lieutenant is on a time served/satisfactory service basis after 3½ years from completing IOT. Further promotion to Squadron Leader and above is by competitive selection.

Ongoing development

As a MSO, you will have extensive opportunities for professional development throughout your career. This development will be incremental in nature and compatible with your performance, experience and aspirations. We have MSO’s who are currently studying for Diploma and Masters level qualifications. There are also opportunities for leadership and management training. In addition, there is an established mentoring scheme, which provides support and guidance to allow you to develop your competencies. Furthermore, all personnel are encouraged to join a professional body, including either the Institute of Healthcare Management or the Charted Managers Institute.

Transferable skills

The skills and experience you gain throughout your career as a MSO could equip you for a number of civilian jobs in areas such as crisis and emergency services, health service management, local government, disaster and humanitarian relief, healthcare logistics and medical training.

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:

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

In addition, you 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 64 UCAS points.

Age:

  • 17.6 - 29

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:

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

In addition, you 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.

Applicants must have a clinical healthcare background or NHS management experience for eligibility. Please note: the RAF does not accept A-levels in Critical Thinking or General Studies at any grade. If uncertain of the relevance of your personal qualifications, contact the Medical Reserves Specialist Team on 01400 266886.

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