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What is the Medical branch?

  • The Medical branch is medicine’s frontline. You’ll push yourself further, providing specialist care in NHS hospitals, on ships at sea, or in a field hospital
  • Wherever we go, we need the medical support that will keep us healthy. You could be the only Medic on a submarine, or a Biomedical Scientist on board a ship in the Gulf
  • There’s more to medicine in the Navy. From primary care in conflict zones, to specialising in radiation, you’ll experience things you wouldn’t as a civilian
  • We need medical professionals across all of our Services, which means you have the opportunity to work above and below the surface – and even earn as a Royal Marines Commando
  • Whether you join when you’re still training to be a nurse, or are already a GP, you’ll develop your skills in some unique and challenging environments

What's it like?

Life in the Medical branch is your opportunity to care for the people who protect our nation’s interests, being deployed to where you’re needed most, and taking on real responsibility from day one. You’ll be an essential part of your crew, whether you’re administering general medical care on the daily sick parade, or are providing a controlled laboratory environment in the field. The very nature of life in the Royal Navy means we need medical professionals of the highest calibre. That’s why you’ll receive constant training and have the opportunity to specialise in a variety of disciplines.

A day in the life: Medical

Siobhán, 23

Naval Nurse (Student)

Life in the Royal Navy is extraordinary, which is why I wanted to join in the first place. Doing vital work in some amazing places gives you a real buzz.

Where can I work?

Royal Navy ship at sea.

Aircraft carriers, assault ships, destroyers or frigates: this is our backbone. It gives us our global impact, from combat missions to humanitarian aid.

Royal Navy submarine at sea.

The world-renowned silent service, protecting us from beneath the waves. It’s responsible for highly classified, stealth operations – and Trident.

Royal Navy ship at sea.

From fuel to food: what we need, when we need it, wherever we are. This fleet of civilian ships provides global support to the whole Naval Service.

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Biomedical Scientist

Provide a clinical laboratory service including blood products, to support the delivery of enhanced medical care to our patients wherever you are in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £30,038 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities, work in challenging environments
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Biomedical Scientist (Student)

Get paid to study at Aston University to become a qualified Biomedical Scientist and contribute to the medical capability of the Royal Navy.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: A-level and/or BTEC
  • Salary: £20,000 Earn up to this amount while studying at university
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday
  • Progression: £33,038 earn over this amount once you're qualified and HCPC registered
  • Benefits: Get paid to study at University, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Dental Hygienist

Be part of a world class dental team and experience dental practice incomparable to civilian life caring for patients in the UK and deployed overseas .

The role at a glance
  • Age: 18 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £32,154 is the minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Travel, Sports and Adventurous training opportunities, work in challenging environments
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Dental Nurse

Be part of a professional dental practice and travel the world, proving routine and emergency dental care

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £20,000 the minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Continuous education and training, travel, sports and adventurous training, work in challenging environments
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Dental Officer

Lead a dental team in the UK or deployed overseas to maintain the routine and emergency dental care of our personnel and maintain our operational capability.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 25 - 54
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £74,000 minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your careet
  • Benefits: Onward specialist training in periodontics or endodontics, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Dental Officer Cadet

The Royal Navy will pay your tuition fees and an annual salary for the final 3 years of your Dental School Training. Once qualified, you'll lead a dental team in providing world class dental care to our personnel all around the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 18 - 54
  • Education: A-level and/or BTEC
  • Salary: £16,797 initial annual salary at Dental School
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday
  • Progression: £74,000 earn over this amount after university and registration with the GDC
  • Benefits: Get paid to study Dentistry with onward specialist training opportunities in periodontics or endodontics
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Environmental Health Officer

Lead the team that helps to keep our people safe and healthy wherever they are, all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 22 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £27,000-£42,000 subject to EHRB registration and chartered status
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Enrolment on CIEH Chartered programme if required, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Medical Assistant

Working ashore, on ships and submarines, our Medical Assistants are responsible for routine healthcare provisions and trained to respond to medical emergencies in any environment all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Complete advanced medical training courses in trauma, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Medical Assistant (Submariner)

Working predominantly on submarines, you are responsible for providing routine and emergency medical care to the crew in a challenging environment as part of an elite and highly respected team.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Complete advanced medical training courses in trauma or nuclear medicine, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Medical Officer

You’ll use your extensive medical skills in a wide range of contexts, from an NHS hospital to some of the most challenging environments in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 18 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £59,319 minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: After serving as a General Duties Medical Officer (GDMO), you'll get the opportunity to specialise further in General practice, emergency medicine, surgery, anaesthetics, critical care, radiology, psychiatry and many more
  • Benefits: Continuous professional development and funding, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Medical Officer Cadet

Get paid to study at university, and gain all the skills you need for life as a world-class medical practitioner.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 18 - 36
  • Education: A-level and/or BTEC
  • Salary: As a cadet £16,797 then £59,319 once you are GMC registered (post FY1)
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: After serving as a General Duties Medical Officer (GDMO), you'll get the opportunity to specialise further in General practice, emergency medicine, surgery, anaesthetics, critical care, radiology, psychiatry and many more
  • Benefits: Get paid to study for your medical degree and get continuous professional development throughout your career
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Medical Technician (RFA)

With first-class care, you’ll be responsible for the wellbeing of your crewmates, in challenging situations all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 and above
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £35,500 earn more than this amount from day one
  • Holiday: 21 days of paid leave for every month served on board ship
  • Benefits: Potential to travel around the world
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Mental Health Nurse (Qualified)

You’ll provide vital mental health care both at sea, and on Base Ports, from Plymouth to Cyprus.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £33,000 the minimum you'll earn following basic military training at HMS Raleigh
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Continuous professional development and funding, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Mental Health Nurse (Student)

You’ll work in one of the Royal Navy Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMH).

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: A-level and/or BTEC
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Promote automatically to Leading Hand once qualified earning £33,667
  • Benefits: Get paid to study for your nursing degree and get continuous professional development throughout your career
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Naval Nurse (Qualified)

You’ll be a key part of the nursing team in an MOD hospital unit, keeping our personnel fit and healthy.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £33,000 the minimum you'll earn following basic military training at HMS Raleigh
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Continuous professional development and funding, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Naval Nurse (Student)

You’ll gain the all skills and qualifications you need for a career in nursing.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: A-level and/or BTEC
  • Salary: £20,000 Earn up to this amount while studying at university
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday
  • Progression: Promote automatically to Leading Hand once qualified earning £33,667
  • Benefits: Get paid to study for your nursing degree and get continuous professional development throughout your career
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Nursing Officer

You’ll use your extensive medical skills in a wide range of contexts, from an NHS hospital to some of the most challenging environments in the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: Come in at a salary and rank that reflects your nursing experience
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Continuous professional development and funding, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Nursing Officer Mental Health

Use your nursing skills where they’re needed most on global operations all around the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: Come in at a salary and rank that reflects your nursing experience
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: Excellent pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
  • Benefits: Continuous professional development and funding, travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities
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Operating Department Practitioner (Qualified)

You’ll work in MOD hospital units, at sea within the surgical team, or with the Commando Forward Surgical Group.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Operating Department Practitioner (Student)

You’ll gain all the skills and qualifications you need for a career as an Operating Department Practitioner.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all over the world
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Radiographer (Qualified)

You’ll provide medical support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 20 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £33,038 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all over the world
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Radiographer (Student)

You’ll provide medical support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: A-level and/or BTEC
  • Salary: £20,000 The minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: NVQ's Get funding for qualifications
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