RN Environmental Health Officers

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  1. Hello all!

    Great site, have been a reader for quite a while.

    I'm after some information about Environmental Health Officers (EHO's) in the RN. Yes, I've been on the RN website (nothing), googled (found some stuff) and asked AFCO (response - who?).

    I know there are only a handful (8 I think) in the RN - hence I'm not expecting much information.

    But if any of you have come accross them, please share your experiences - what they do, what your opinions are of them etc.


  2. I have come across 1 but if I give any detail it might identify him (persec).
  3. it is a very small branch scavenger and where part of the Medical technician branch i think the course was 3 years long and basicaly carry out pretty much the same job as a council enviromental but with the additional role of elf and safety,you might try the RN recruitment web site which may have a complete job spec
  4. Not after names! Just a better understanding of what role they have, what they do, what interaction people on here have had with them, and what you think of them!

    There is bugger all on the RN website - but I can understand why!


  5. When I was in the Medical Branch, they were called "Drain Sniffers", and their training required quite a lot of brains. However, if there any left it must be because of an oversight by Their Lordships 'cos they've destroyed everything else medical in the RN!
  6. I'm told there are 8 left!

    Also, what the hell is/was a Naval Health Inspector?????

  7. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Concur entirely with Wardmaster ref the "Drain Sniffer" title.

    Never met one, which suggests they are more Navy in title rather than sea-going entities, but heard them referred to as Naval Medical Officer of Health (NMOH). In short a rare breed that conjure a picture of Lennon glasses, ZZ Top beards & Jesus-Wellies worn with socks. Possibly there are blokes in the branch also.

    However, best bet is call your AFCO, link below.
  8. There was a guy on my SD course, a green beret medic and great rugby player, left the RN a few years ago - the Canadians made him an offer he couldn't refuse
  9. Ninja - NMOH(Fleet) is a Medical Officer - not a drain sniffer. I suspect he may be offended!

    I don't know a lot about EH Officers - agree there are very few of them. I believe it's the only way to enter the RN as a Medical Services Officer without having done time as a Rating. The ones I know work in staff jobs (ie office jobs) and, if they actually deploy, it would be in an admin role.

    For more info I'd suggest trying AFCO again - "remind" them that EH Officers do exist - they are in the Medical Services (as against Medical) branch.
  10. I only came across one Drain sniffer at Haslar,he spent most of his time working with civvies in and around Pompey / Southampton area.He would be in an abbatoir one day and a factory the next,never a dull moment.Rarer than a WAFU turned to at 1530 on a friday!
  11. they where never seagoing entities and if they are not on your list of branches they obviously dont exist any more, second point they could never be direct entry officers ,the medical services officer is only SD but they would join as medical technicians
  12. Just to be (sort of) categoric about this. (About as categoric as you can be when everyone has already remarked on how small the branch is). There are about eight of them, they do exist despite the fact that they're not on the list of branches. Also, they do join as direct entry officers- literally the ONLY medical services officers that are not SD.

    I know this because I went through BRNC with one in 2003. Good chap, although did tend to confuse everyone he came into contact with as they had absolutely no idea what he was supposed to be doing, what his branch was, or what sort of traiing he needed. I think he did the 7 week tarts and vicars course but that they also made him do IST as well- wouldn't swear to it mind. He had been a civvie ehi before joining up.

    Other than that, if you're struggling with the AFCOs, get them to write to MDG(N) in Pompey. No such thing as a silly question....
  13. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    They still exist, one is a mate from a long way back (RNR -> TA -> Army -> Navy -> Army), what a career he's made!

    He works with an Army Bde at the moment, I will email himm and get him to add to this link. He deploys a lot to check EH conditions at various locns so may take some time.

    For what its worth he really enjoys his job but in both Army and Navy its a small pool of people and is largely dead mans shoes for promotion (less so in the Army due to scale) which is why he jumped ship (again)
  14. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Oops,how remiss of me :lol: . Ah well, since the Naval Careers Service are not entitled to medical & dental cover, you can possibly understand the lack of national coherency.

    Due to the comparatively small number of Environmental Health Officers, as previously alluded, the specialists in the Medical field are Medical Branch Recruiting (MBR/NMD) Portsmouth on 02392 726589 who will advise if we want another one or not- this is the number the AFCO will give you to ring if you make enquiries there.

    There is no careers literature & the trade is not listed at AFCO level.

  15. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    Or try FLEET-MEDDIV-EHPOL SO2 on Ext 5857 (can't remember civvie dial code for FLEET)
  16. I've just got sight of this string from a freind. I indeed am one of the elusive sniffers still left in the RN (a total of 7 of us). Seem to be an even rarer breed these days with constant deployments in Iraq and Afghan. If you want further info call them on 023 9262 5857 which is the civilian number as given previously by wave_dodger.
  17. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    WOW !!!

    Recommend any particular brand of sandals for the selection process? And, must the socks match? :lol:

    Oh, and welcome to Rum Ration...
  18. Most of us tend to go for the traditional Jesus creepers, although these can pose a health and safety risk when wandering round the engine spaces. This issue can be overcome by wearing long fire fighting socks instead of the traditional pussers issue white ones.

    Off to crop my ZZ Top beard now :salut:
  19. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    By the Power of Greyskull & all that is Holy with regard resurrection!

    Guess what?

    Yep, there is finally a careers publication entitled Environmental Health Officer: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/upload/pdf/(new)_AW_RN_Medical_EHO_CPL3_CM.pdf

    What is interesting is the age parameters (17-42) coupled with the qualifications required (BSc or MSc).

    Starting pay over £36K!

    All those 17 year old graduates out there- get applying. :lol:
  20. Hello,

    My apologies for reviving an old post, but I was just wondering if anyone had come into some more information about this particular career in the Navy? Or whether there happened to be a Navy EHO now using the forums? I am currently finishing my Degree in Environmental Health and am considering joining the Navy when I finish to take up this role. However, having looked at the webpage and publication on the Navy site for the job I noticed that they say two slightly different things. The website specifies that I should have a BSc Env. Health degree and should hold Chartered status with the CIEH, but the publication states that I would receive all the support needed to achieve Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner status and meet my continual professional development requirement each year. Is it likely that they would be interested in accepting me despite not having Chartered status? Or would they want someone with prior knowledge and experience with chartered status?


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