Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Centre (BRTC) at RAF Halton. 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.
PMRAFNS provides the opportunity to specialise in accordance with service requirements. The Nurse Education Advisor (NEA) provides advice and guidance for those wishing to study on a full or part time basis. Successful applicants will be seconded.
Additional Qualification Opportunities
As a qualified RN(A) you will be expected to maintain your currency in clinical practice and to be active in your professional development as a nurse. In consultation with the NEA you will have the opportunity to undertake further education and training throughout your career, developing you as a clinician.
Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities
In preparation for your overseas role you will complete Deployed Operational Nursing Competencies (DONC) under the supervision of mentors. PMRAFNS prides itself on equipping you with the necessary skills to operate to the highest level in your peacetime and operational role; militarily you will undertake short training courses with the RAF Regiment, RAF personnel are also eligible to apply for Adventurous Training (AT).
Your First Tour
Princess Mary’s RAF Nursing Service (PMRAFNS) requires highly skilled and broadly experienced nurses; therefore, on arrival to your secondary healthcare unit you will begin a clinical rotation programme. This will allow you to be mentored through several clinical specialities that are relevant to military nursing, such as surgical and medical assessment units and orthopaedic trauma. In your time within secondary healthcare you will be caring for both military and civilian patients which will prepare you for your role on military operations overseas. During this period, you will also complete any necessary military skills training such as the Aeromedical Evacuation course.
During your time at Recruit Training Squadron (RTS) you will be working at the rank of Aircraftman (AC) and on successful completion of basic recruit training you will progress to your first Unit appointed to the rank of Acting Rank Corporal (AR Cpl). On completion of the Junior Management and Leadership Course (JMLC) and Trade Management Training (TMT) you will be eligible for promotion to Cpl. Further promotion to the rank of Sergeant (Sgt) and beyond is by competitive selection.
You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement with effect from 1 April 2015. Pay, pension and service beyond the initial engagement (up to a maximum of age 60 years) are linked to your performance and rank progression. During your time at Recruit Training Squadron (RTS) you will be working at the rank of Aircraftman (AC) and on successful completion of basic recruit training you will progress to your first Unit appointed to the rank of Acting Rank Corporal (AR Cpl). On completion of the Junior Management and Leadership Course (JMLC) and Trade Management Training (TMT) you will be eligible for promotion to Cpl. Further promotion to the rank of Sergeant (Sgt) and beyond is by competitive selection. PMRAFNS actively supports the development of personnel through funded study. NEA is on hand to offer advice and guidance. The Non Medical Practitioner (NMP) qualification is available for those nurses wishing to enhance their current qualifications.
If in the future you wish to leave the Service your experience, further clinical training and managerial dexterity will make you highly competitive within the civilian job market.
We would like to invite you to attend one of our informal nursing presentations. If you are interested, even slightly, I would encourage you to come along and ‘find out more’ – we will even pay your train fare. Attendance at a presentation does not commit you to anything. To ‘find out more’ please register your interest below and we will send you contact details for the RAF Nursing Services Recruiting Team.