Healthcare Assistant

Army Medical Service

“We are the backbone of basic nursing care”

"The Army has helped me gain a qualification and skills that are transferable"

Want to be part of fantastic team? Want to travel the world, providing great healthcare? Join us as Healthcare Assistant. We’ll give you the training to deal with the challenges you’ll face in the Army and great rewards for your hard work. They include a decent salary, pension, free medical care and the chance to gain qualifications. You can build a career, make new friends and try Adventurous Training and sports too – like sky-diving and skiing. There’s really no other job like it.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with registered Military Nurses and Clinicans
  • Assist in the delivery of clinical excellence to patients with varied medical needs
  • Be deployed worldwide on various operations or assisting with humanitarian aid
  • Explore fully funded Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities.
  • Take on challenges, make new friends, try adventurous training and sport.

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. Your initial training will be at either Pirbright or Winchester and last for 14 weeks.


Step 2
Healthcare Assistants training takes places at Defence Medical Services (DMS) Whittington in Lichfield. The course is comprised of a variety of both academic and practical elements. you will be studying towards your Apprenticeship Level 3 in Clinical Healthcare Support.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months

QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE Grade C/4 and above in both Maths and English Language

FITNESS:

Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

Healthcare Assistants will get Continued Professional Development (CPD) every year and get certificates in CPR. This will also provide a solid foundation for those who wish to progress and become a Registered Nurse.

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £14,931 during training. When your initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Private, your pay will rise to £21,148.

RESERVE

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

FROM THE FIELD

“I was originally in the Royal Logistic Corps, but I always had an interest in nursing care, so I took the opportunity to transfer and passed the selection process. The Army has helped me gain a qualification and skills that are transferable into the NHS.”

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
You will complete your initial training over 4 weekends at your Unit or a central location found across the UK. If it suits you better, you can condense this into a 1 week training course. 


Step 2
You will then attend a 2 week long training course at an Army Training Centre, these are located across the UK.

 

Step 3 
Once your basic soldiering training is complete, you will move on to do trade specific training with your Unit.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE Grade C/4 and above in both Maths and English Language

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

On successful entry into the Army Medical Services Reserve you will be eligible to apply for funding for Professional Qualifications to help you in your role with the Army Medical Services.

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £14,931 during training. When your initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Private, your pay will rise to £21,148.

RESERVE

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

FROM THE FIELD

HOW TO APPLY?

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.