Radiographer

Service:Surface Fleet
Branch:Medical
Level:Rating
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The role at a glance

What you’ll do

Offshore, onshore, close to home, or on the other side of the world, our personnel need the best medical treatment. This can only happen if they get the best medical diagnoses. And that’ll be your job. As a Royal Navy Radiographer you’ll help keep our missions on track and our people healthy, whether you’re taking part in global operations on board RFA Argus, our casualty ship, or in an NHS hospital.

Your role

  • Apply and develop your medical knowledge in diverse environments
  • Work on rotation in an NHS hospital, and be deployed all over the world when needed
  • Tailor your career to your ambitions, whether that’s further professional training in ultrasound and CT scanning, or serving with more specialised forces
  • Be part of a world-class medical service that’s respected far beyond the Armed Force

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Multi-disciplinary laboratory skills 
  • An opportunity to study further at Degree level 6 and Masters level 7 to top up your professional portfolio
     

Skills you'll develop

  • How to provide a world-class diagnostic service, wherever you are in the world
  • Opportunity for further training in CT and ultrasound

Career progression

What you'll need

Eligibility

  • BSc or MSc in Diagnostic Radiography
  • Health and Care Professions Council Membership
  • You must be aged 20 to 36
  • You need to be a minimum height of 151.5cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • You must be a British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying, or a dual national

Skills and interests

  • An ambitious medical professional
  • Quick thinking and calm under pressure
  • 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

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NRST)

    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

  • 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

  • Pre Royal Navy Course (PRNC)

    This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy is a pass or fail course

  • 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 of HMS Raleigh your professional training will begin at an NHS hospital in either Plymouth or Birmingham. As an Acting Leading Medical Technician Radiographer you’ll spend at least a year working alongside other military radiographers, having access to CT scanning, and completing courses in first aid and radiography.