Medical Officer Cadet

Service:Surface Fleet
Branch:Medical
Level:Officer
Adventure
Healthcare
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The role at a glance

What you’ll do

The Medical branch of the Royal Navy is full of dedicated healthcare professionals who support people in the UK and all over the world. And a Medical Officer Cadetship is designed to support the development of the next generation of military practitioners, giving them the skills they will need to tackle uniquely challenging environments, all over the world.

Your journey will start at university, where you’ll be able to apply to finish your studies in the Royal Navy, earning a salary and having the final three years’ fees paid for by us (not including any intercalation year). You'll complete your foundation years within military Joint Hospital Group Unit and go on to serve on board ships, submarines and shore establishments as a General Duties Medical Officer (GDMO), primarily responsible for the provision of first-class health care to our personnel.

Your role

  • Following medical school you will complete your foundation training in one of the Joint Hospital Group's (JHG) NHS hospitals, you will complete clinical rotations, including primary care and emergency care before undertaking your officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.
  • Flexibility is essential. You could be on the battlefield advancing the treatment of trauma victims, or specialising in major disciplines, from surgery to anaesthetics
  • Be part of a world-class medical service that’s respected far beyond the Armed Forces

 

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Funding opportunities to continue personal and professional development and education
  • After spending time as a General Duties Medical Officer, the Royal Navy will offer to fund selected specialisms, subjective to service requirement

Skills you'll develop

  • How to be a leader and apply your medical knowledge in challenging conditions
  • Opportunities to specialise in major disciplines

Career progression

What you'll need

Eligibility

  • Cadetships are available for your final three years at a UK medical school (not including your intercalation year)
  • If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 5 grades 9 – 4 including English Language and Maths; before 2017, you need 5 grades A* – C
  • You must be between 25 to 36 years old
  • You need to be a minimum height of 151.5cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth citizen or Dual National

Skills and interests

  • Ambitious and passionate about medicine
  • A confident leader

  • Always calm under pressure
  • Have a spirit of adventure

Check Eligibility

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NRST)

    You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

  • Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

    This stage is unique to officers and takes place over a day and a half. It’s a competency-based assessment that confirms that you’re physically and mentally ready to become a Royal Navy Officer

  • Medical Officer Cadet Selection Board


Initial training

Following your foundation years you will go to Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth for 15 weeks, completing the militarisation phase of training and skills including weapon handling, leadership, teamwork, Naval history and physical fitness. You'll then complete 15 weeks of the New Entry Medical Officer course in Portsmouth. On completion of this, you will be ready to work as a General Duties Medical Officer and could find yourself on a ship, submarine or working with the Royal Marines.

Between deployments at sea, you’ll work in shore establishments, providing primary care to all personnel or in secondary care within a Joint Hospital Group Unit in acute and trauma based clinical areas.

If you join the Submarine Service, you’ll carry out further medical training in radiation medicine and atmosphere control, before spending four months at the Submarine School at HMS Raleigh to learn about all aspects of submarine operation, warfare, weapons, nuclear propulsion and escape training. You’ll then go to sea for the first time in a submarine and earn your ‘Dolphins’ – the coveted badge of a fully qualified Submariner.


Professional training

Following your GDMO time you'll have the opportunity to specialise as you would in civilian medicine.  You will return to mainstream clinical practice, where you can focus on a specialist area, this area will depend on service needs, so your career manager will work with you to make choices that meet your own ambitions and our needs.

Throughout your career you will undertake various course including clinical training such as ILS and ALS as well as military training and leadership development courses and gain qualifications to reflect this.