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.
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.
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.