Naval Nurse (Qualified)

Fast track role A high priority role with an accelerated joining process.
Service:Surface Fleet
Hands on
Humanitarian aid
male naval nurse holding clipboard speaking to patient in bed

The role at a glance

What you’ll do

On shore during peacetime where your patients are your friends. At the scene of a natural disaster providing essential primary care. Wherever you are in the world, as a Naval Nurse you’ll play a key part in keeping our people fit and healthy. It’s a role full of responsibility and alongside your clinical work, you’ll also supervise and mentor junior personnel. Life as a Naval Nurse means unparalleled diversity, leadership opportunities, fast-track training and unrivalled experience.

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Your role

  • Join at a level that reflects your nursing experience
  • Develop and maintain your clinical competencies and skills within a Joint Hospital Group Unit
  • Complete preceptorship, if newly qualified
  • 2-year foundation programme to rotate round a variety of clinical areas to develop skill set
  • Deploy in challenging environments all over the world
  • Take on leadership and management responsibilities as your career progresses
  • Further opportunities to carry out specialist courses including: intensive care, emergency medicine, infection prevention control and primary care

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or even a degree, partially funded by us
  • Gain specialist vocational qualifications as your career progresses at Level 6 or 7, all funded by us
  • Civilian recognised Leadership and Management qualifications
  • Standard and enhanced learning credits for personal and professional development

Skills you'll develop

  • Continued training and development in challenging environments 
  • Ability to be adaptable and flexible to practice nursing anywhere around the world
  • Team working and communication
  • Leadership and management

Career progression

What you'll need


  • You must be aged 20 to 39
  • BSc/MSc or BA Adult Nursing
  • You need to be registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • You must be a United Kingdom national, or Commonwealth citizen, or Dual National. Dual Nationality restrictions do apply
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills and interests

  • An ambitious medical professional
  • Quick thinking and calm under pressure
  • A caring and compassionate nature
  • A team player
  • An adventurous spirit


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

  • Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA)

    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 

  • Naval Nurse Assessment Board

    A 1-day specialist interview in Portsmouth that consists of a 10 minute clinical presentation, a team task and a competency-based interview with the Nurse Education Advisor and Specialist Medical Recruitment Team. These take place anytime throughout the year, subject to requirement.

  • Candidate Preparation Course (CPC)

    This is a four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy, which is a pass or fail course. This will include:  

    - Pre-Joining fitness test  
    - Swimming test  
    - Medical test  

  • Start training

    Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh

Initial training

Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh, a shore base in Torpoint, Cornwall. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon handling skills you learn here will stay with you right through your career.

Aim to get yourself as fit as possible before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in shape.

There's also a swimming test, so if you can't swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us.

Professional training

After you’ve passed out from HMS Raleigh, you’ll complete a Transition to Military Practice course at DMS Whittington before joining one of the Joint Hospital Group Units in Plymouth, Portsmouth or Birmingham.

You’ll complete your preceptorship programme, start signing off your Defence Operational Nursing Competencies and start the 2 year foundation programme. This will give you the opportunity to rotate between acute medical and surgical wards as well as gaining experience in specialist areas including Critical Care, the emergency department or burns and plastics.