Medical Officer

Medical Officer United Kingdom

Royal Navy
Full Time United Kingdom 64500 GBP ANNUAL Today
Job description

The role at a glance

Minimum salary from day one

6 weeks

Of paid holiday every year


You need a full medical degree (MBChB)


Non-contributory pension scheme


Medical and dental care


All around the world

What you’ll do

It goes without saying that your extensive medical knowledge is crucial to this role. But you’ll need so much more than that. Medical Officers in the Royal Navy use their skills in some of the most challenging environments in the world. After your initial training, you might be deployed to a conflict zone or providing medical support during humanitarian aid operations working in a maritime or land environment. You might also find yourself taking on a clinical leadership role at a Joint Hospital Group Unit in Plymouth, Portsmouth and Birmingham, working in specialist areas and caring for both NHS and military patients from all three services. As well as advancing your medical career, you’ll also have the opportunity to gain skills you’d never encounter as a civilian. Diving? Parachuting? They’re yours for the taking.IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, TALK TO US

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Your role
Join at a rank that reflects your experience and be part of a world-class medical service that’s respected far beyond the Armed Forces
You will start your career as a General Duties Medical Officer. This means you can be deployed on a ship, submarine or with the Royal Marines anywhere in the world taking charge of all personnel's medical needs, whether that be day to day medical issues or emergency situations.
Gain knowledge and experience in tropical and diving medicine as well as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear medicine to understand the broad skill set you need to do your job in a variety of challenging and unique environments.

What you’ll get
Skills for life
Qualifications you'll gain
Funding opportunities to continue personal and professional education
After spending time as a General Duties Medical Officer, the Royal Navy will offer to fund selected specialisms and wider qualifications for both personal and professional development
Civilian recognised Leadership and management qualifications

Skills you'll develop
How to be a leader and apply your medical knowledge in challenging environments
Opportunities to specialise in clinical areas such as general practice, surgery, trauma and orthopedics, anesthetics, intensive care or emergency medicine

Pay and benefits
A salary of at least £64,500 from day one
Good pay and promotion prospects throughout your career
An excellent pension scheme
Six weeks of paid holiday every year
Free medical and dental care
Sports and adventurous training opportunities

Career progression

Start Medical Officer training, prepare for life at sea



Become the doctor on board your ship or submarine, lead a team


Spend time ashore, teach Medical Assistants, develop skills


Become Lieutenant Commander, work towards your chosen speciality

What you'll need
You must be between 18 and 39 years old, and under 39 if you still need professional training
5 grades A*-C (9-4) Including grade 6 (B) or above in English Language and Maths
You need a medical degree, full General Medical Council registration, plus four months’ foundation training in Emergency Medical and General Practice
You must be a British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen or a Dual National
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, passionate medical professional
A confident leader
Always calm under pressure
Have a spirit of adventure

Starting your career
Joining process
Initial training
Professional training

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: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Work Rate, Spatial Reasoning, Electrical Comprehension and Mechanical Comprehension.
To prepare, you can practise the DAA


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


You’ll have a short interview to assess your suitability for a career in the Royal Navy, and to ensure you’re ready for the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

Admiralty Interview Board

This stage is unique to officers and takes place in two parts. A Pre Recorded Interview (PRI) is an online assessment which assesses your motivation to join the Royal Navy as an officer and your awareness of the Royal Navy. The Group Planning Exercise (GPE) is the second stage of the AIB and is an online competency based assessment which will take place on a separate day to the PRI. It will be conducted in a virtual group environment and you will be assessed on your contribution to the team based on your individual performance

Medical Officer Selection Board
We want to select the very best candidates so a selection board allows the Medical Branch Managers to select the highest performing candidates from the AIB to join the Royal Navy as a Medical Officer

Medical Officer
Royal Navy
Holywood, United Kingdom
Sir Jonathon Band
$5 to $25 million (USD)
5001 to 10000 Employees
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