Medical and medical support

Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

Registered Nurses, Mental Health, work as community mental health nurses. They operate in multi-disciplinary teams to deliver a safe and effective community mental health service to service personnel, in order to enhance and sustain the operational effectiveness of the UK Armed Forces.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Provide assessment, care planning, co-ordination, evaluation and monitoring of specific evidence based therapies/treatment to patients.
  • Provide Mental Health Medical support to Aeromedical Evacuations from locations worldwide.
  • Deploy to areas of conflict when required to provide Mental Health Support to deployed UK Armed Forces.

 

Similar civilian roles include: Community Psychiatric Nurse.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health) in the RAF.

Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£31,759 + Benefits

Pay during training

£19,689 + Benefits

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

22 years open engagement* (4 years minimum)

* can exit Service at any point by handing in notice

 

 

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 (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
612 Sqn Leuchars Station, Fife (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
4626 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

 

‘I've been able to develop my career in ways that wouldn't have been possible in a civilian environment.’

Michele, Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

In the RAF

My Role

'I am employed in the RAF as a Community Mental Health Nurse (CMHN). I am responsible for the assessment and care of Military personnel within a multi-disciplinary team. Whilst working in the RAF I have been trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused CBT and currently being supported with my Degree pathway. I have completed Flight Nurse training and can be tasked to carry out Aeromedical Evacuations from anywhere in the World.'

My Day

'My typical day is working within the Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH). I manage my own caseload of patients and liaise, as appropriate, with Medical Officers, other CMHN’s, welfare and Chains of Command, in order to co-ordinate patient care pathways. I also have to ensure I am up to date with my military training that is required to fulfill my aeromedical and operational role within the RAF.'

Michele, Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

Training

Full Time
Regular

Recruit Training

Your career will start with 10 weeks Basic Recruit Training 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.

Your First Tour

Your initial tour will be to a Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) in the UK, where you will be mentored whilst consolidating your military training. This tour usually lasts for 3 years.

Specialist Training

The RAF mental health nurse training strategy outlines the courses required at appropriate milestones in your military career. During the first 3 years of joining, courses will be booked in consultation with your mentor. A wide range of courses are required to ensure you are fully equipped to perform your primary role, including aeromedical evacuation and operational support, where necessary.

Primary Role

You will predominantly work in a DCMH on a military base, independently running out-patient clinics at your unit and the surrounding military bases. Once trained, you will be expected to support the provision of 24-hour aeromedical evacuation service for UK Armed Forces personnel and entitled civilians with clinical conditions requiring movement by air.

Additional Qualification Opportunities

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 Nurse Education Advisor (NEA) you will have the opportunity to undertake further appropriate specialist education and training throughout your career, developing you as a clinician. Dependent on the academic qualifications achieved you may qualify for enhanced nursing pay.

Your Future

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.

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. 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. As a Registered Nurse (MH) in the RAF you can expect all the development opportunities and career prospects of your civilian counterparts, together with the chance to work around the world and gain unique nursing experience. For suitable candidates, commissioning as a nursing officer may be possible after a minimum of 3 year’s service.

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial Training

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15 day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world; it is also designed to help you tune into the military environment and way of life. As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique 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.

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You must also hold a current full UK driving licence. However, candidates may apply in their final year of RN(A) training - up to 6-12 months before RN(A) qualification and whilst waiting for NMC Registration.

Age:

  • 21- 35 years (to begin basic training before 36th birthday).

RAF Requirements

‘Due to the Royal Air Force transitioning to a new IT system we are currently only able to take registrations for each role. As soon as the new system becomes available you will be contacted with the link to allow you to begin your online application. The move to the new system should not affect those who have already applied and these applicants will continue through the recruiting process. Any issues or concerns should be directed to your local Armed Forces Careers Office (RAF) or Reserve Squadrons.’

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:

Professional – Registered Nurse (Mental Health). Applicants must be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

Age:

18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)

RAF Requirements

‘Due to the Royal Air Force transitioning to a new IT system we are currently only able to take registrations for each role. As soon as the new system becomes available you will be contacted with the link to allow you to begin your online application. The move to the new system should not affect those who have already applied and these applicants will continue through the recruiting process. Any issues or concerns should be directed to your local Armed Forces Careers Office (RAF) or Reserve Squadrons.’

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

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Full Time
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Spare Time
Reserve