Medical and medical support Student Nurse (Adult)

Student Nurse entry to the RAF is a great way to start your career. You will train with us and, once graduated, you will begin your career as an RAF Registered Nurse, providing direct nursing care in a variety of different clinical settings.

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Minimum Average Pay Over Your First Year £17,000+ + Benefits

Initial pay after training £18,800+ + Benefits

Is this for you?

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 17 - 47 years (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Have GCSE Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National at Grade 5 in Maths, English Language and Biology/Physics/Chemistry or Science Double Award
  • Have 120 UCAS points from Higher Education. Further details listed below
  • 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 to a minimum 12 years service
  • 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
  • Aircraft

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide primary healthcare
  • Deliver secondary healthcare
  • Aeromedical evacuation (transfer of patients by air)

Your role as an RAF Nurse could include transferring patients by air (aeromedical evacuation), working in an overseas field hospital and being on standby to support high readiness UK forces. You will maintain and develop the skills as a military nurse in order to provide the highest possible levels of nursing care in peacetime and on operations.

 

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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TRAINING AND CAREER

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

It is desirable that all candidates should have some nursing/caring experience (voluntary or paid employment). Any declared experience should be accompanied with a reference.

RECRUIT TRAINING

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

NURSE TRAINING

Undergraduate nurse training for the Royal Navy, Army and RAF are undertaken at and accredited by Birmingham City University alongside civilian student nurse colleagues. Applicants will be required to sit the Numeracy, Literacy and IT tests set by Birmingham City University on the morning of the interview. The 3-year course consists of a 12-month common foundation phase followed by a 2-year adult speciality branch programme with clinical placements in civilian and some Service areas. Student nurses graduate as a Registered Nurse on part 1 of the NMC register with a BSc (Hons).

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ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Once you have qualified as a qualified Registered Nurse you will be expected to maintain your currency in clinical practice and to be active in your professional development as a nurse. You will have the opportunity to undertake further education and training throughout your career, developing you as a clinician. Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service prides itself on equipping you with the necessary skills to operate to the highest level in your peacetime and operational role.

YOUR FUTURE

During your time at Recruit Training Squadron you will be working at the rank of Aircraftman and on successful completion of basic recruit training, you will progress to your first Unit appointed to the rank of Acting Rank Corporal. On completion of the Junior Management and Leadership Course and Trade Management Training, you will be eligible for promotion to Corporal. Further promotion to the rank of Sergeant 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. Pay, pension and service beyond the initial engagement (up to a maximum of age 60 years) are linked to your performance and rank progression. Student nurse entrants may exit during the initial 12-year engagement – minimum Service 4 years after completion of nursing training –and will transfer to ex-Service reserve status.

In preparation for your overseas role, you will complete Deployed Operational Nursing Competencies under the supervision of mentors. Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service 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 courses of training with the RAF Regiment, RAF personnel are also eligible to apply for Adventurous Training.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Having completed a BSc (Hons) in nursing you will be able to work as a registered nurse within the United Kingdom (UK). 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.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

With the necessary experience, Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service 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.

TRAINING AND CAREER

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.

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 17 - 47 years (Must attest before 48th birthday)

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4-5 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4-5 Grade 5
Biology/Physics/Chemistry OR Science Double Award C Grade 4-5 Grade 5

Have 120 UCAS points from higher education. Please find below a link to the Birmingham City University Website http://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/nursing-adult, illustrating the university entry requirement for the BSc(Hons) Nursing (Adult) course. Applicants must meet these criteria as well as all RAF criteria.

You can see what the RAF accepts in lieu of GCSEs & A Levels 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 will be considered.

Following the Home Office announcement that the UK Armed Forces will now be able to recruit commonwealth citizens without the 5 year residency requirement, please note that the RAF continues to apply standard residency requirements for security clearance,  ie, DV employment requires 7-years UK residency immediately prior to enlistment; SC requires 3-years. 

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 9.10 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

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?

Apply here and receive an email that invites you to your full online application.

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