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Medical and medical support

RAF Medic

RAF Medics provide essential medical support to personnel, responding to medical emergencies and providing airfield crash cover on stations in the UK, whilst on operations and also on exercises. They can also train as paramedics, providing a full range of pre-hospital emergency care in military environments

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Duty RAF Medics provide airfield medical crash cover and pre-hospital emergency care.
  • Manage receipt and storage of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals in medical stores, issuing of medications.
  • Maintain the electronic and paper medical records, monitoring the occupational health of Defence personnel.

 Similar civilian roles include Medical laboratory assistant or Medical administrator.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a RAF Medic in the RAF.

Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£18,489 + Benefits

Pay during training

£14,931 + Benefits

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

12 years

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

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

 

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

My Role as a RAF MEDIC employed with the aeromedical evacuation control centre (AECC).

‘I control and coordinate all global strategic Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) missions from behind the scenes ensuring that the most appropriate aircraft, medical teams and equipment are tasked to safely retrieve a patient. I liaise with many sections at Team Brize to conduct our daily tasks.  Equally, I communicate with numerous military and civilian agencies within the UK, including the NHS and Air Ambulance companies, to facilitate the safe evacuation of patients.  

AECC has raised the profile of Team Brize and the RAF on a global scale by representing them at NATO and International AE Conferences.  This in turn has increased the profile of the RAF Medic across Defence.  AECC personnel are 100% committed and work long hours to ensure our patients are given the best possible care.  The unequivocal dedication and ethos of this team ensures a world class service is delivered on behalf of Team Brize and the RAF.'

 

My ROLE AS a flight medic with the aeromedical squadron at Tactical Medical Wing

‘I  provide daily Aeromedical Evacuation support during peace, crisis or war. As part of a team or on my own, I  repatriate patients  from around the world, utilising available air assets.  I am also part of the Critical Care Air Support and Air Transportable Isolator teams, involved with repatriating seriously wounded and critically ill Service personnel, entitled civilians and Paediatrics, back to the UK for specialist treatment within 24 hours.

 Kerri, RAF MEDIC

My Day

‘At the moment, I’m based at the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre at RAF Cranwell. When new recruits come in, we have to run them through the various medical tests.


It can be hard to make them focus on what we’re trying to do because they’re in between the aptitude tests and their interviews, so they’ve got a lot on their minds. You have to have people skills and be a good communicator.’

 

Rachael, RAF Medic

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

Recruit Training

Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. In addition to fitness and military training, you will also learn about RAF lifestyle.

Specialist Training

The next step is 50 weeks of specialist training at the Defence College Health Education Training (DCHET) currently located at a state of the art facility at Defence Medical Services Whittington in Lichfield. This training will provide an introduction to pre‑hospital care, you will also be taught medical administration and healthcare skills.  On successful completion of the course, you will have gained a number of qualifications, accredited Health and Safety Executive Certificate in First Aid at Work and an Intermediate level Apprenticeship in Health (Clinical Health Care Support).

 

This Apprenticeship consists of four individual qualifications: Diploma in Clinical Health Care Support, BTEC Extended award in Work skills for Effective Learning and Employment Functional Skills Level 2 in Mathematics and Functional Skills Level 2 in English.  During this course you will be sent on clinical placement to a Defence Primary Healthcare Unit and on graduation you will receive your first assignment as an RAF Medic.

Additional Qualification Opportunities

After gaining clinical experience and following successful selection, there is the opportunity for RAF Medics to undergo training to become an HCPC Registered Paramedic. BSc in Health and Social Care.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills. If required, you will be sent on a course which will qualify you to form part of an aeromedical evacuation team. This qualification could see you flying all around the world and within the UK to escort military patients with varying degrees of injury or illness back to the UK. As you progress through the non-commissioned ranks, the experiences gained will prepare you to take overall responsibility for the management of a medical centre, thus becoming the Practice Manager.

Your First Tour

For your first tour you will be posted to Defence Primary Healthcare on an RAF station, where you will work with other RAF Medics, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacy Technicians, Environmental Health Technicians and Physiotherapists as part of a multi-disciplinary team. You will organize appointments for Practice consultations, maintain electronic and paper medical records, and monitor the occupational health of Defence personnel. You will also manage medical supplies and pharmaceuticals, and issue medications under the supervision of a Pharmacy Technician. In due course you will have the opportunity to complete a NVQ2 Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills.

The typical role of the Medic includes performing occupational and clinical ECGs, taking bloods, giving vaccinations and conducting triage clinics. You may also be required to carry out the role of Duty Medic and be responsible for providing airfield emergency response as well as providing a response to other types of medical emergencies on and off unit.

Once you have maintained a clinical portfolio you will have the opportunity to apply for a Foundation Degree in Paramedic Science and gain registration as a paramedic with the HCPC.

Your Future Career Prospects

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement with effect from 1 April 2015. After completing one year’s total service, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman, providing you pass a Trade Ability Test and Basic Trade Training. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is on merit by competitive selection.

Transferable skills

The qualifications you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you will be well placed to find in the medical arena or a related field.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial Training

Reserve training starts with basic RAF training at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This 15-day residential course offers a solid introduction to the RAF Reserve lifestyle. It includes military skills training, drills, field training and team-building exercises. It may be challenging at times, but there will be support and guidance along the way.

Specialist Training

After successfully completing initial training, you will be trained for your specific role in the RAF either at your squadron or another RAF station in the UK.

  

 

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

GCSEs at Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or above in English language and Mathematics; or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English and Mathematics.

All RAF ground trade recruits (except Air Traffic Controller – Senior Non-Commissioned Officer) must have or gain Functional Skills (FS) qualifications in English and Mathematics to graduate from Recruit Training. Your first chance to pass these tests, if you don’t already have the necessary FS grades, will be at the Pre-Recruit Training Course.  The level of FS qualifications you need to achieve depend on the trade you are applying for; as, RAF Medic, you will need to pass the Level 1 FS tests in Mathematics and English.

Even if you have other qualifications in Mathematics and English (like GCSE/SCEs), you will still have to take and pass the FS Mathematics and English tests.  Further information will be available from your local Armed Forces Careers Office.

 

 

Age:

  •  17 and 7 months - 33

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:

Applicants must be either one of the following: Health Care Assistant with min NVQ level 2 and working in an acute clinical area, Emergency Care Assistant (ECA) or State Registered Paramedic.

Age:

18-54 (Must attest before 55th birthday - Ex-Regulars over age 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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