Joint Medical Command (Got to start somewhere....)


after much debate, and careful consultation with The Owner, Joint Medical Command commences operations within your hallowed walls.

This is an official MoD presence - if you want any additional details plse PM me.

The intention is not to overwhelm R-R with official pronouncements or tedious repetition of DINs etc - but aim to bring to the attention, in particular of the Royal Naval Medical Service, stuff which may be of interest.

Some while ago, we were very proud that a naval Medical Assistant serving with Joint Medical Command in MDHU Derriford became the first woman in the Royal Navy to be awarded a Military Cross.

I have no doubt that all here are well aware of MA Kate Nesbitt's achievement which was widely covered.

last year, JMC persuaded her to give us a short interview for our in-house journal. For those who may not have sighted - see below:

On 27 November 2009 , Able Seaman Class 1 Kate Nesbitt went to Buckingham Palace to be awarded the Military Cross. She became the first woman in the Royal Navy to receive it and only the second in the Armed Forces.

On operations with 1 Rifles in Afghanistan, she repeatedly rushed forward to save colleagues whilst under attack from the Taliban.

Her citation states ‘Under fire and under pressure her commitment and courage were inspirational and made the difference between life and death’. Heads-up exclusively interviews Kate Nesbitt…. one of our team.

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What was your initial reaction on hearing that you were to be awarded the Military Cross?

I was on night shift and I was called up to see my CO, Commander S. I was going round in circles wondering what I’d done wrong, then he handed me the letter. I can’t describe how I felt. I was overwhelmed. The incident had happened the previous March and this was in September. At the time we were in the middle of an operation and no-one made a fuss. It was just something that happened, so I couldn’t believe it had been followed through. I still feel odd talking about it. I’m nervous about the medal ceremony and going to Buckingham Palace.

What was going through your mind in March when it all happened?

I was the only medic on the patrol so it was my job to look after them. When the call comes, it kicks in that this is why you are here. I got stuck in and did what I was trained to do.

You’ve been heavily focussed on your work but if you could take a year out to do anything you like, what would you do?

I really want to go away on holiday but to be honest, I don’t want a year off! I feel like I’m really suited to being a medic. I think I am quite good at my job and I like to progress and feel I’m getting better and better. My experience on tour has made me want to go back even more. When you do get called up, you make a difference and you feel your place is worthwhile.

What failure in your life taught you the most?

It isn’t really a failure but I was lacking in confidence before I went to Afghanistan and since then I’m a lot more assertive. In the past if I saw a more senior person doing something I thought was wrong, I’d have been too scared to say anything but after being the only medic in my team I feel a lot more confident.

Who do you most admire in the world, and why?

All my friends in the military. 1 Rifles had a really tough time of it and I lost friends but the team kept me smiling and laughing for the whole time.

What leisure activity gives you the most pleasure?

I do a lot of running and cycling. I cycle to work and I run because I enjoy it, not in organised runs.

If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be?

The current Royal Family. The support they gave us whilst we were out there was fantastic, especially Prince Harry. It’s great being able to speak to someone who understands the situation and who is supporting it for the right reasons. Hopefully I’ll meet some of them later this month although I don’t think there will be time for dinner!

What would you like to achieve in the next five years?

I definitely want to start climbing the promotion ladder in the Navy. I would like to do another tour as well. I definitely want to progress in the military



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Sterling_Stirling said:
What a modest, grounded young lady she is. BZ.
Agree. But apparently a good way to wind up her brother (RM Medic) is to ask him: "So are you the one that got the medal? Oh no, that's right... that was your sister! A girl... in the Navy..."

:oops: :wink: :lol:

I'd like to learn more about the Joint Medical Command. I'm in the Royal Marines Band Collingwood and I have served fo 6 years. I am due to complete a degree in music next year within the job, however I'd like to learn more on the medical front. As a secondary role we are basic medics. We are also stretcher bearers and ambulance drivers which we learn when we are being deployed, but personally I have not been deployed yet. I have done FA2s but they might be out of date by now.

Where can I get more information on medical courses that I can apply to attend? Would it also be possible to attend these courses if I get permission from my unit? I would like to learn as much as possible quite quickly, I'm quite interested in doing a rapid response course to aim towards being a military paramedic.

Many thanks for your time.
They also act as stretcher bearers, hospital orderlies and sometimes PoW handlers on RFA ARGUS when she deploys, in an operational role.

there are currently around 40 Bandies (IIRC) in Afghan driving ambulances etc as part of the Joint Force Medical Group, driving armoured ambulances n convoys etc.
Excellent, many strings to their bows then! Do these RM bandies get deployed on Normal ships? Destroyers and frigates and so on, at a random guess maybe something like part of the medical branch?
They also act as stretcher bearers, hospital orderlies and sometimes PoW handlers on RFA ARGUS when she deploys, in an operational role.

there are currently around 40 Bandies (IIRC) in Afghan driving ambulances etc as part of the Joint Force Medical Group, driving armoured ambulances n convoys etc.
and at the end of the working day after they've been humping stretchers etc ... out come their instruments for an impromtu jam session ... or at least they did the last time I worked with them down south. Great bunch of guys!

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