Medical and medical support RAF Medic CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As an RAF Medic, you will 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. RAF Medics can also train as paramedics, providing a full range of pre-hospital emergency care in military environments.

Full-time regular Spare time reserve

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PAY DURING TRAINING £15,200+ + Benefits

Initial pay after training £18,800+ + Benefits

DAY RATE STARTS AT: £37.12 + Benefits

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APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 17 years and 7 months – 32 years old
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language and Maths
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth
  • Commit minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Helping people
  • Travelling the world

Apprenticeships available

Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 18 – 54 years old (Must attest before 55th birthday - Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language and Mathematics
  • Be working currently in a Pre Hospital Care or Acute Setting
  • Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Commit 27 days per year for 12 years minimum
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Helping people
  • Analysis and maths

Locations

502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex
612 Sqn Leuchars Station
4626 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

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.

As an RAF Medic, you might communicate with numerous military and civilian agencies within the UK, including the NHS and Air Ambulance companies, to facilitate the safe evacuation of patients. Or you could provide daily Aeromedical Evacuation support during peace, crisis or war, which includes repatriating patients from around the world, utilising available air assets as part of the Critical Care Air Support and Air Transportable Isolator teams.

WHY JOIN THE RAF?

Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.

Salary
Benefits Salary
Civilian Role
RAF Role
  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • 6 weeks holiday

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WHY JOIN THE RESERVES?

The skills you acquire as a Reserve won’t just prepare you for the RAF, they will enhance your work and civilian life.

You might be called up to assist with our operations worldwide for up to six months, during which you may be able to claim a pay award to cover your and your employer’s costs.

  • Training
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Paid pension
  • Paid holiday

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TRAINING AND CAREER

TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE

Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

Following Basic Recruit Training you will undertake 28 weeks of medical training at the Defence College of Healthcare Education and Training (DCHET) in Lichfield. This course includes anatomoy & physiology, first-aid, advanced pre-hospital medical skills, ECG recording, medical administration and airfield crash rescue.

The course commences with 16 weeks tri-Service delivered training. Six weeks of Defence Primary Health Care (DPHC) placement follows before a final RAF focused six weeks of further training and unit visits.  Learning alongside peers from the Army & Navy will support collaborative working relationships in the future and develop your military ethos.

On graduation from DCHETyou will take up your first assignment.

Further educational opportunities exist after you attain the rank of SAC.

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ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Management Degrees
Paramedic Degrees
Aeromedical Evacuation course
Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support (BATLS)
Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship

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

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 an NVQ2 Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills.

The typical role of the Medic includes performing occupational and clinical ECGs, taking blood, 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 Health and Care Professions Council.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS/PROGRESSION

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.

TRAINING AND CAREER

INITIAL TRAINING

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15-day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This 15-day residential course offers a solid introduction to the RAF Reserve lifestyle.

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 will undertake an intensive Aeromedical Evacuation training course for this role.

Personnel who are Health and Care Professions Council 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 and the Medical Emergency Response Team course.

Reservist RAF Medics may be used in the Combat Medical Support role, providing pre-hospital and primary healthcare to RAF Regiment personnel. This will require the Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support course.

Commitment and location

You will have to commit to 27 days per year for 12 years minimum.


Each year includes a 15-day block for general RAF training, and 12 separate days for extra training or exercises.


You might be deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth. 

Be aged between 17 years and 7 months, and 33 years old

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Be aged between 18 and 54 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5

 

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth. 

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years may be considered.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process: Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course.
How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.1 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26

 

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are a member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5

find a list of the approved subjects here

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth. 

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years may be considered.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through a Pre-joining Fitness Test. 
How fit you need to be to pass this test can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run (Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.10 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12.00 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26
45-49 12.54 7.07 16 23
50-54 13.27 7.01 15 20
FEMALES
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run(Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23
45-49 15.19 5.04 6 20
50-54 15.53 4.09 5 17

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

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GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

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