Radiographer (Student)

Service:Surface Fleet
Branch:Medical
Level:Rating
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Healthcare
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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 once you’ve completed your fully-funded Diagnostic Radiography degree, 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

  • Gain your qualification, and then 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 Forces
     
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

    • A BSc (Hons) degree in Diagnostic Radiography
    • 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

    • If you take your A-levels after the start of 2017, you need 120 UCAS points including two non-overlapping subject areas; before 2017, you need 300 UCAS points
    • If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 5 grades 9 – 4 including English Language and Maths; before 2017, you need 5 grades A* – C
    • You must be aged 17 and a half 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

    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • A caring and compassionate nature
    • Independent thinking, with the ability to remain calm under pressure
    • A highly organised team player
    • An adventurous spirit

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    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 qualified as a Radiographer you’ll join a Defence Medical group within an NHS Hospital in either Plymouth or Birmingham as an Acting Leading Medical Technician Radiographer. You’ll spend at least a year there, working alongside other military radiographers and civilian counterparts. During this time, you’ll have access to CT scanning and will receive additional training on military specific equipment, and develop the skills you need to deploy as a military radiographer.