Biomedical Scientist Reserve

Service:Surface Fleet
Branch:Royal Naval Reserve
Level:Rating
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The role at a glance

What you’ll do

As a qualified medical professional, you’ll already have many of the skills we need. Becoming a Biomedical Scientist (Reserve) is your opportunity to use them as part of a global effort, protecting the people who keep our nation safe.

You’ll still have your day job, but for 24 days a year, you’ll also be part of our Medical branch. That means providing essential clinical laboratory services to everyone from trauma patients in conflict zones to injured personnel in NHS hospitals. 

If you have questions, talk to us

Your role

  • Deliver world class healthcare as part of a highly skilled and motivated team.
  • Provide vital support to maritime and wider military operations across the globe.
  • Provide support in a range of challenging conditions at sea, on land or in the air. Adapt to a variety of platforms including state of the art warships such as the new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.
  • Travel the world as part of the front line medical services team.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary laboratory 
  • Courses to further develop your career
  • Leadership and management qualifications

Skills you'll develop

  • How to support medical teams with a clinical laboratory service, wherever they are in the world 
  • Experience every laboratory discipline and develop your knowledge
  • Learn to be adaptable, flexible and disciplined

Career progression

Promotion is linked to successful completion of Basic Training and after that it’s merit based. After completing your initial professional training in your chosen branch and specialisation, you’ll be promoted to Leading Medical Technician. 

What you'll need

Eligibility

  • You must be aged 20 and up to 52, (or 56 if you're serving or an ex-regular), when you start training
  • 5 GCSEs grades C/4, which must include English Language and Mathematics
  • A degree in Biomedical Science
  • Registered as a Biomedical Scientist in Haematology, Biochemistry, Blood Transfusion or Microbiology
  • Membership of the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) without restrictions
  • Non accredited IBMS degrees will be considered
  • You must be a British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen who has lived in the UK continuously for 5 years prior to applying, or a Dual National
  • Minimum height of 145cm
  • You need to be within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills and interests

  • A high level of clinical skill 
  • A caring and compassionate nature
  • A passion for helping people
  • Be highly organised, and calm under pressure
  • A sense of adventure

 

Starting your career

Joining process

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

  • Submit an application

    Your first step is to request and fill in your online application. If you have any questions beforehand, you can phone us on 0345 600 3222

  • Presentation

    You will be invited to attend an Initial Maritime Reserves Presentation (IMRP) at your nearest Unit. This is your chance to have a look around, meet the team, ask any questions and find out about life in the Reserves

  • Recruitment test and interview

    You will be invited to your nearest Armed Forces Career Office (AFCO) for an interview, where we will check your eligibility and outline the joining process. See more advice here. You will then sit the Recruitment Test, which assesses your basic reasoning, literacy, numeracy skills and mechanical comprehension. You can try a practise test here. You will also be invited to have an interview with the medical recruiting team

  • Join your local Unit

    You will then be invited to join your Unit for Attestation. This involves swearing allegiance to Her Majesty The Queen and signing the Official Secrets Act. At this point you’ll be a Phase 0 recruit, and will attend weekly drill nights, however you won’t be able to start formal training until you pass your medical and fitness test

  • Medical and fitness test

    The medical tests are carried out by your nearest Ministry of Defence approved doctor, but eye tests can be completed at selected high street centres. The Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT) requires you to complete a 2.4km run on a treadmill at a local approved fitness centre. Check out this booklet for tips on how to prepare

  • Phase 1 training

    You’ll now be a signed-up member of the Royal Naval Reserve as a Phase 1 recruit. At this stage you’ll be given your Royal Navy identification card and uniform, and be able to conduct formal basic training

  • Training

    During your Phase 1 training you will learn about life in the Royal Navy. This takes place on weekly drill nights. You’ll also spend two weekends learning about life in the military and what it is like at sea

  • Confirmation course

    This two-week course is held at HMS Raleigh. Once you’ve completed this you will go on to specialise in your chosen discipline


Initial training

Training and development continues throughout your career with the Royal Navy Reserve.

Basic Training takes place at weekends and on weekday evenings at your local unit. These link in with national training weekends where you’ll train with people from other units. You’ll complete a 1-week weapons course, before attending a 2-week confirmation course at HMS Raleigh. There you’ll train alongside ratings who are completing their Basic Training for the full-time Royal Navy.

Training is also conducted online via a Virtual Learning Environment, so you’ll need access to the Internet. There's also a swimming test, so if you can't swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us.


Professional training

Once you have completed basic initial training you will become a formal member of the reserve Medical Branch. Your training then includes broad biomedical scientist training, within the branch, and courses tailored to your specialty. You will have the opportunity to attend wider tri-service training across the Defence Medical Services including annual conferences and meetings. The training is designed to prepare you to support the Royal Navy and wider military, whatever the challenge, worldwide.