Your role

  • Gain your qualifications and then use your expertise where it’s needed most – from treating trauma patients during a humanitarian crisis, to providing surgical treatment at an NHS hospital
  • Provide crucial, lifesaving medical support in situations that can be demanding and sometimes dangerous
  • Benefit from experience in a wide range of disciplines, including becoming qualified as a Sterile Services Manager and Surgical First Assistant
  • 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

  • An Operating Department Practitioner Diploma
  • Specialist vocational qualifications as your career progresses
  • Skills you’ll develop

  • How to provide support for surgical teams and save lives in challenging environments
  • Gain training and skills in leadership and management throughout your career
  • Pay and benefits

  • A salary of at least £18,000 after initial training
  • Opportunity to earn over £31,000 as you progress
  • An excellent pension scheme
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Career progression

    Day one

    Begin two years of training at Birmingham City University

    Professional training

    Once qualified, begin your rotation and preceptorship

    Year one

    Following your degree, Leading Rates Leadership Course

    First promotion

    Become Leading Hand, mentor students, go on deployment

    Second promotion

    Become Petty Officer, take charge of all equipment

    What you’ll need


  • You must be aged 17 and a half to 39
  • You’ll need 88 UCAS points from your A-Levels (or Scottish equivalent), including two non-overlapping subject areas; acceptable UCAS points can be accrued from A-level grades A*-D, or AS-level grade A
  • You’ll need at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C (9-4) (or Scottish equivalent), which must include English and Mathematics at grade B/6 or above (in the interview a good standard of English and a reference is required)
  • Evidence of academic study within the last 5 years
  • 2 weeks of clinical experience
  • You must be a British or Irish national, a , or a Dual National
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
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  • Skills and interests

  • A technical thinker
  • An aptitude for the clinical environment
  • A team player
  • An adventurous spirit
  • Able to stay positive in the face of adversity
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