Make a real difference to some essential operations. That might mean being the only medic on board ship, and taking responsibility for the general healthcare of an entire crew. This could include patient assessment and coordination of care, infection prevention and control, and supporting specialist senior healthcare support workers in their duties.
Use your medical expertise where it’s needed most, providing primary healthcare to trauma victims in conflict zones all over the world.
When you’re not on deployment you will be working in a Royal Navy shore base or even with the Royal Marines. There’s no equivalent civilian role, so you’ll gain all the skills you need.
Work across all medical departments, learning directly from specialists in a number of different fields. You could be training with Special Forces in West Africa, or working in primary care on board a ship in the Persian Gulf.
You’ll start your naval career as an Able Rate. With experience and further training, you could be promoted to Leading Hand and beyond. If you show the right commitment, skills and academic ability, you could become a Commissioned Officer. Members of the Royal Navy are promoted on merit. Work hard and you can rise through the ranks.
Training and development continues throughout your career with the Royal Navy. It takes place in two distinct environments: at onshore training facilities and on-board operational ships. When you join you complete 10 weeks of basic naval training, followed by 40 weeks of specialist training at Defence Medical Services (DMS) Wittington, broken down into classroom lessons and placements. During lessons you will learn:
- First Aid at Work
- Be given an insight into primary health care, pharmacy, environmental health, medical administration and other essential skills needed to be a Medical Assistant
Once you have gained the underpinning knowledge you will then undertake a 6 week clinical work based placement in various locations around the UK. On completion you will return to DMS Wittington to undertake Royal Navy single service training consisting of 7 weeks learning the specific and vital skills required of a Medical Assistant with the Royal Navy. This is followed by placements in primary and secondary healthcare facilities in various locations around the UK lasing for 11 weeks. Finally, you will return to DMS Wittington for a period of consolidation before graduating and being assigned to a Medical centre or a Ship.
There are many benefits of undertaking an Apprenticeship within the Royal Navy, such as:
Start on a salary of over £15,600, rising to £20,000 on completion of your role specific training. As your career progresses you have the potential to earn in excess of £51,000.
- An excellent pension scheme
- Six weeks of paid holiday every year
- Free medical and dental care
The Royal Navy will give you skills. We’ll develop your abilities, train you to be the best, show you how to achieve your goals and give you recognised qualifications.
- A quick thinker with a passion for helping people
- Great team players who thrive on working with others
- Enthusiasm for working in high pressure environments
- Hands on people who can react fast in an emergency
No qualifications required – just that you pass a Recruit Test and are in a good state of health and fitness.
At the end of your Apprenticeship training you will have achieved:
Advanced Apprenticeship - Senior Healthcare Support Worker.
This includes: Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support.
You can also gain academic qualifications such as GCSEs, A-levels, even a degree. As well as helping you develop your Royal Navy career, everything you achieve will be recognised and valued by future civilian employers.