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Hoping to join as a medical assistant

AndyStano

Midshipman
Hi everyone,

i am hoping to join as a medical assistant, i passed my psychometric tests this week and my application has now been placed on hold due to the back log of applicants, i currently have a year left at university where i am studying a degree in sport & exercise science and i am also working voluntarily for the NHS as a physical activity mentor, i was just wondering if there is anything else i can do to enhance my chances of being selected when i am called for interview, also it would be good to hear more from any current/previous MA's on there experiance's,

cant wait to get started and hope to have a long and fulfilling career in the RN

thanks guys

Andy
 

brendan498

War Hero
From my experience of the Medical Branch 1976-1993 you will be a college of knowledge,doing what you mentioned you will have a great time just get used to walking round the dock yard with a clip board and look Important because you will be
 
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angrydoc

Guest
From my experience of the Medical Branch 1976-1993 you will be a college of knowledge,doing what you mentioned you will have a great time just get used to walking round the dock yard with a clip board and look Important because you will be

What?

MAs in 2011 are expected to be proficient in life support and primary care and be able to apply this both at sea and on land. There is an admin side of things but the clipboard yielders are not usually MAs.

Forgive my ignorance as a mere physician but wtf is a "physical activity mentor"? I hope this is a voluntary thing given the state of the NHS...
 

brendan498

War Hero
i did not realise pre-2011 MAs were not proficient In life support and primary care angry Doc although from my own you are probably right
 

AndyStano

Midshipman
physical activity mentor is basically a kind of gym instructor for people who have suffered strokes/arthrites/heart attacks etc...

i escort such people and help them in exercise classes and doing gym work, and yes it is 100% voluntry,

Angrydoc, would you have any advice for me on how to improve my skills before my selection interview?

thanks guys
 

94seldCO

Badgeman
Hi was just wondering if you knew what the waiting list was for medical assistant, ??

well i sat my RT feb 10 and was told 2 years but i have recently been told my waits been brought down to 18months so im expecting to go in october this year. so i would say between 18 or 24 months :)
 
The waiting time for MA is currently 18 months, which normally means that you will be processed rather than being put on hold. That said, it maybe that your CA has looked at the circumstances and will do all your processing in the final 12 months prior to joining so that nothing needs to be re-taken. Your next step should be the medical, which includes an eyetest. After that it will be your Pre-joining fitness test (1.5 miles in 11:13 if under 25 & male), then it will be your interview. You will then be security checked which is now done on-line. You should then hopefully be offered a rating preparation course at either HMS Collingwood (south) or HMS Calidonia (north). Then it will be off to HMS Raleigh for 10 weeks initial training followed by your specialisation training in Aldershot.

Hope everything goes well and enjoy your life in the RN as a Bruffin issuer

SM
 

AntKelly

Newbie
Hi,

I recently applied as a MA and sat my RT test towards the back end of March, I got told at the time, they had just reduced the waiting list from 3 years to 18months. Which I thought wasn't too bad as opposed to 3years!

I then got a phone call mid-way through May to say my application had been brought forward, and to proceed to the medical/eye test.
Had my medical last Saturday, awaiting contact with regards to PJFT.

So, I don't know how they went from 18months waiting time, to just over 6weeks to contact me!
To find out the exact dates though, best to contact the AFCO directly.

AK
 

Graf

Lantern Swinger
This is a prime example of why you need to keep your fitness up for your whole waiting time AND make sure you keep in touch with your AFCO to let them know of ANY change of details.

Otherwise you might find yourself missing out...
 
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