Medical Branch RNR - Biomedical Science

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  1. Hi, I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice. I've applied to join the RNR and I've my medical next week. The recruiter in the AFCO seemed a bit thrown by my occupation (I'm a biomedical scientist) but I attended an armed forces careers fair and the army and navy medical branches seemed very keen to get me in-said there was a need for trained medical personnel. I suppose my question is-do I have to let someone know that I have these skills, or does the navy pick up on things like this? I work in the NHS so I'm aware that things easily go under the radar!
  2. Sounds like you are a highly trained specialist in a very valued niche occupation.
    We will probably make you stand on a brow with a rifle.

    Someone with a less cynical view will doubtless be along in a while.
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  3. UF
    The RNR Medical Branch has a fairly narrow field of specialisations that it has been directed by the Regulars to fill - whilst not an expert, I think that a Biomedical Scientist won't be one of them.
    That said, the RNR is keen to gather information on those with niche skill-sets, and if acceptable to the individual, if a mobilisation opportunity presented itself for that particular skill-set, you could well be asked. It is not something that happens very often, nor is the process super-effective, however it is possible - The key will be to ensure your CO informs NPTRes & The medical branch of your skill set.
    Meanwhile, ad BH has intimated, you will probably join a branch that does not directly utilise your skills. Which, for some, is ideal, as they don't want the weekends to be a continuation of their day job!

    Does this help?
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    It is a niche specialisation with less than two or three recruited each year into the regular service.

    The regular service recruits Medical Technicians as students (if they have 5 GCSEs inc, maths, science & English plus 260 UCAS points minimum in a related science) or qualified BioMed Scientists if they have a Bsc in the appropriate subject.

    For the RNR, apart from Officers or Cyber Reserves, the AFCO will recruit generically as a Reservist, hence the reason your AFCO/RNR unit will not always be fully versed on reserve branches that are available to those with vocational qualifications such as Nurses, Doctors, Padre's etc., which they can be streamed into, if they later choose. Very often, those qualified in a full time role really don't want to be doing their main vocation as a 'hobby' also. Bottom line, the RNR should be advising you of RNR specialisations available, as well as your AFCO.

    But, BioMed Scientists are recruited into the RNR between the ages of 20 to age 52. They can deploy with CFSG, R2A & PCRF providing a clinical laboratory in support of the medical team, with various disciplines such as Haematology, Biochemistry, Blood Transfusion and Microbiology. Further opportunities exist in training, quality management and military research. Applicants must be registered with HCPC and will undergo a specialist interview and be expected to produce their portfolio.

    A good example of someone not using their primary vocation?

    Read on:

    For expert advice on RNR Medical Specialisations (Office Hours), call 02392 625561
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    On the other hand the Army Reserve does recruit biomedical scientists it seems. Well at least it says so on the 256 Field Hospital page.
  6. Trainer

    Trainer War Hero Book Reviewer

    You should ask to be directed to the specialist RNR Medical Recruiting team via the unit. Don't worry about a branch yet, it will take you 1 to 2 years to get through basic...
  7. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

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