RAF Medic - Level 3 Senior Healthcare Worker Apprenticeship - Advanced (Level 3)

Royal Air Force RAF (Employer)

Ministry of Defence (Training Provider)

Annual wage £18,192.00 to £20,400.00
37.0 hours per week Depending on the role and section you're posted to, you could be working 8-5 Mon-Fri or working shifts 24/7.
36 months (duration)
5 October 2021(start date)
Senior healthcare support worker (apprenticeship standard)
5 September 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

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.



  • Provide world-class, multi-role aviation focused medical capability in support of Air Power
  • Versatility – Skilled in a variety of roles from Pre-Hospital care, Aeromedical, HealthCare Practice Management, instructional duties and more
  • Ongoing opportunities for further education such as Degree courses in Healthcare, Leadership and Management

The RAF Medic is able to handle ambiguity, evaluate complex information and make evidence-based clinical decisions to promote and maintain patient welfare and safety. Whether supporting Medical Officers deliver Force Health, provide care in the air escorting casualties on Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) flights, embedded with the RAF Regiment or engaged in delivering specialist training, the RAF Medic possess a vast array of knowledge, skills and experience (KSE). Air minded, they are capable of delivering care in challenging environments using collaborative working to maximise resources to ensure Defence personnel are fit for task while optimising an effective care pathway from point of injury world-wide to the UK.

Future Prospects

Award of the Senior Healthcare Worker Advanced Apprenticeship, Continual Professional Development and Clinical Evidenced Portfolios. Further employment in specialised areas will attract specialised courses to include but not exclusive, Aeromedical Evacuation, Air Transportable Isolator, Practice Management, Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support, Defence Instructor Training.

The RAF Medic Trade offers many different roles and opportunities. These are continual through your service career, further experience and promotion offers more diverse roles such Mountain Rescue, Aeromed, Critical Care Air Support Team and Practice Management, as well as potential employment as a Defence Instructor and Pressure Chamber Operator to name but a few. Further Opportunities also exist as a RAF Medic in RAF Akrotiri Cyprus, and, when there is a Service requirement and you meet the Criteria, you can apply for Paramedic Training.


Foundation and Bachelor Leadership and Management degrees.
Continuous Professional Development Courses.
Specialised role courses.

Skills Required

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Qualities Required

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Qualifications Required

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Training Provided

Your training 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 will also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

Following Basic Recruit Training you will undertake Medical Training at the Defence Medical Academy (DMA) Lichfield. This course includes but not exclusive, Anatomy and Physiology, First Aid, Immediate Emergency Care, ECG recording, Medical Administration, Defence Medical Information Digital Systems, Pharmacy, Medical Stores and Secondary Health Care.

The training commences with Tri Service delivered training to include a placement in Secondary Health Care (SHC) and Defence Primary Health Care (DPHC). This will be followed by RAF Medic Specific training which includes commencement of the Level 3 Senior Healthcare Worker Apprenticeship and award of the Immediate Emergency Care Provider qualification.

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