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Nursing Officer

As a Nursing Officer in the RAF, you’ll be both a commissioned officer and a nurse. That means we’ll expect you to show leadership and management skills in a team environment, as well as providing excellent standards of nursing.

Their job includes:

  • Primary healthcare
  • Secondary healthcare
  • Aeromedical evacuation (evacuation of patients by air)

Similar civilian roles include: Registered Nurse (Bands 5-8).

 

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a Nursing Officer in the RAF.

Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

Entry with less than 6 years post-registration experience:
Fg Off: £33,142 - £35,390 + Benefits

Entry with more than 6 years post-registration experience:
Flt Lt: £40,782 - £49,628 Benefits

 

Potential future promotion to:

Sqn Ldr: £51,250 - £62,311 Benefits

Pay during training

As above

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
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex
612 Sqn Leuchars Station, Fife
4626 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

'My job is similar to that of a civilian nurse but there are a number of important differences. My clinical role is important to me as I enjoy caring for patients, I also lead and manage a small team of RAF Registered Nurses and help the Senior Nursing Officer manage the ward. I have been well trained for my military role which involves using those same nursing skills, but in different environments. Recently, I have transferred patients by air (aeromedical evacuation), worked in an overseas field hospital and provided medical support to a military exercise.

The RAF activity encourages professional development and provides the upmost professional and personal support (time, finance and direction). When I completed my post-Registration qualifications - I was fully supported. There is no question about study time, the RAF wants you to achieve your best - I was expected to take time to study.

I’ve completed the RAF Aeromedical Evacuation course. We had to first pass a ground phase (theory) before a series of mentored flights – I went to the Falklands Islands, Germany and USA. We also have nuclear, biological and chemical weapons training, where we practice decontaminating patients whilst wearing full personal protective equipment (inc respirator). There is also weapons training – it’s ironic that you’re a nurse but you also need to know how to use a weapon, to protect yourself and your patients.'

My Day

'I get a lot of personal satisfaction from my clinical role. I especially enjoy critical care and other acute clinical areas. I have cared for some people that have had some very interesting military experiences.

I am working clinical now but if and when I’m promoted I could take on additional management responsibilities and become a Squadron Leader. Nursing in the RAF is a responsible job but I feed proud to be a nurse in the RAF and it’s always a privilege to support our troops.'

 

Stuart, Nursing Officer

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

Initial 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.  You will follow a 13-week course specially designed for professionally qualified entrants to the RAF.  The course, includes military training, Defence studies, practical outdoor leadership challenges and fitness development – you’ll need to be fit, but you don’t need to be superman.

First Tour

Nursing Officers are usually assigned to Defence Medical Group (DMG) Units in hospitals in the UK for their first assignment in the RAF. At a DMG Unit you can expect to become familiar with working with other military nurses and subordinates and get used to the challenges that managing care as well as subordinates can bring. You will complete a preceptorship programme designed to enhance your clinical skills and orientate you to the military aspects of nursing. Potentially, you will complete your Aeromedical Evacuation Training during this tour.

As a junior or newly appointed Nursing Officer you will likely be assigned to a clinical area with a small team of RAF Registered Nurses to manage – with support from a more senior Nursing Officer. Subsequently, you may request to work in a particular clinical speciality and work towards post-Registration qualifications. The PMRAFNS requires both highly skilled specialist nurses and general nurses with broad clinical experience.

Your Career Prospects

You will join the RAF on an initial 12 year engagement (same as most RAF personnel - it is possible to exit during this period subject to sufficient notice). Pay, pension and service beyond the initial engagement (up to a maximum of age 60 years) are linked to performance and rank progression. Your initial rank will be determined by the number of post-registration years that you have completed (maximum initial rank of Flight Lieutenant). Further promotion to Squadron Leader and above is by competitive selection.

Ongoing development

Your career will progress through a variety of assignments providing a wide range of roles and responsibilities for optimal professional and personal development; there are abundant opportunities to progress both professionally and as an officer. The RAF’s Nurse Education Advisor provides guidance for those pursuing educational advancement within their field of expertise, something which is encouraged. Militarily, attendance on Officer Development Courses at The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, a national and international centre of excellence in leadership development, and a variety of assignments will enhance your managerial and subordinate development skills.

Transferable Skills

As a Nursing Officer your experience in the military will be highly valued by us or by any future employer. We will continue to develop your nursing and leadership skills and ensure that we foster your adaptability and enthusiasm.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Spare Time
Reserve

Basic RAF Training
Your career will start with a 15 day residential 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. 

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

You must have completed a BSc or Diploma in Nursing (Adult or Mental Health). You must be registered with the NMC with at least 1 year post-registration experience.

Candidates may apply up to 12 months before they complete the required post-registration clinical experience (i.e. candidate may apply once they obtain their NMC PIN).

Graduate entrants require 2 GCSEs (English Language and Maths or acceptable equivalents) at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) at a minimum of Grade 2 or Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) grades at Grade 5.

Non-graduate entrants require a total of 5 GCSEs (inc English Language and Maths).

Educational waivers may be considered.

Age:

  • 22 - 37 (Must have entered SERE by 37th birthday) Candidates may be considered up to age 49 - subject to relevant professional experience.

Application Requirement

Interested?  We would like to invite you to attend one of our informal monthly briefings (presentation) where we will explain what a Nursing Officer career involves. To find out more please complete this CV form and a member of the Nursing Services Liaison Team will contact you to advise on your professional options and arrange a briefing day (If required, the RAF will assist with travel and accommodation).

If you require assistance on completion of the CV or have any questions about the role, please contact the Nursing Services Recruitment Team on 01400 266 782 / CRN-RecruitSelect-NSLT-Shared@mod.uk

RAF Requirements

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

Spare Time
Reserve

Job requirements

Qualifications:

Professional Registered Nurse (Adult/Mental Health) Degree or Diploma. Plus GCSE/SCEs at Grade C/2 minimum or 2 SNEs at Grade 5, in English Language and Maths. Two years post-qualification experience and registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

Age:

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

To apply for this role you will need to complete this CV form as well as submit an online application.

RAF Requirements

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

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Full Time
Regular

Spare Time
Reserve