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 an Emergency Care Assistant or Medical administrator.

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

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

Key Fact

Full Time Regular

Full Time Regular

Initial pay after training

£18,489 + Benefits

Pay during training

£14,931 + Benefits

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

Minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training

Spare Time Reserve

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

In the RAF

My day within Defence Primary Healthcare

I provide daily immediate emergency medical cover to two airfields. RAF Cranwell is home to the Central Flying School so the airfields are always busy. A day in the office includes providing an excellent Primary Health Care service, just like those at a GP Surgery. I can be employed on reception, within medical appointments/referrals and medical stores. I can also work in the Pharmacy and ensure all medical equipment is fit for purpose. I assess any minor injuries that present whilst on duty and discuss with the duty Doctor to agree an appropriate treatment pathway. I thoroughly enjoy the daily interaction with patients and responsibilities of the role.

Vicky, RAF Medic

Training

Full Time Regular

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 26 weeks of specialist training at the Defence Health and Education Training 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. Further higher education academic opportunities are available.

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 entitled 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 organise appointments for Practice consultations, maintain electronic and paper medical records, and monitor the occupational health of Defence personnel. You will also manage medical supplies, equipment and pharmaceuticals, and dispense 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 Paramedic training and gain registration with the HCPC.

Your Future Career Prospects

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement. 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 as a civilian as they are in the RAF – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you will be well placed to find employment in the medical arena or a related field.

Spare Time 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.

The role of the Reservist RAF Medic is varied and can be dependent upon your civilian background.

Reservist RAF Medics employed within the Aeromedical Evacuation environment as either Flight Medics or Aeromedical Evacuation Liaison Officers (AELO) will undertake an intensive Aeromedical Evacuation training course (AE) for this role.

Personnel who are HCPC registered Paramedics may be used in the Forward Aeromedical Evacuation role, working on helicopters. To do this role you will be required to complete AE, Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support (BATLS) and the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) course.

Reservist RAF Medics may be used in the Combat Medical Support (CMS) role, providing pre-hospital and primary healthcare to RAF Regiment personnel. This will require the BATLS course.

Requirements

Full Time Regular

Full Time Regular

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications:

You need:
GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above in English Language
GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above in Math
or
SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English
SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in Maths

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

Spare Time Reserve

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications:

You need:
GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above in English Language
GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above in Math
or
SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English
SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in Maths

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.

Be Prepared

THIS ROLE REQUIRES YOU TO TAKE THE AIRMAN SELECTION TEST

Apply

Register your interest for Regular service, and apprenticeships. Use the link below or call the Regular information line.

Full Time Regular

Full Time Regular

Apply for Reserve service now using the link below or by calling the Reserve information line.

Spare Time Reserve

Spare Time Reserve