A Question.

#1
I'm currently going through the process of joining the British Army (Regular's). I want to go into the RAMC as a Combat Field Technician. My first question is how much time would I spend in a field hospital and how much time would be spent attached to a Company? Secondally after I've done my 24 year's what Qualification's would I of gained and would theese qualification's get me work in the NHS, if so what job's I would specifically like to be a Paramedic or something close.

Thank's in advance, Arron.
 

Ventress

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#2
Question One: As much time as your postings dictate. If you apply to be posted to a Fd Hosp and go from 22 to 33 to 34 you could spend 9 years in a field hospital- unlikley and MCM hopefully wouldnt allow it.(Soldiers going from medical centre to medical centre- unheard of!)

Question Two: You would get Teeth Arm postings as a career posting in the development of your trade.

Question Three: After 24 years as a CMT, you could be a receptionist, cleaner, practice manager etc.

Not being privvy to Paramedic developments I couldnt comment on that status.
 
#3
Ventress said:
Question One: As much time as your postings dictate. If you apply to be posted to a Fd Hosp and go from 22 to 33 to 34 you could spend 9 years in a field hospital- unlikley and MCM hopefully wouldnt allow it.(Soldiers going from medical centre to medical centre- unheard of!)

Question Two: You would get Teeth Arm postings as a career posting in the development of your trade.

Question Three: After 24 years as a CMT, you could be a receptionist, cleaner, practice manager etc.

Not being privvy to Paramedic developments I couldnt comment on that status.
Ouch! - Didn't have you down for a B1tch Ventress :D
 
#5
If, after 24 years, the NHS are still offering training 'on the job' for Paramedics, you'll probably be looked on favourably when applying for said training. Other than that, nothing.
 
#6
Unfortunately Ventress is right, although you could join the ambulance service as a technician and then train 'up' that way (even though CMT 1 isn't that far removed from a paramedic it isn't recognised as a qualification within the NHS). If it gives you an idea how crazy the system is we have a senior paramedic manager in our unit who is a Pte, as the army don't recognise his qualification. He had to go up the normal CMT training pathway.

Even acknowledging the differences between a CMT and paramedic I think a bit more joined up governance thinking may be required if it isn't already happening.
 
#7
I sugest you do a search on paramedic.. we've written lots on this. There are loads of opportunities for a switched on CMT. I know many who have got out and done very well in both the private sector and NHS. Get a higher education qual in medicine and the trusts will snap you up.
Or you could become a nurse and wipe arrses for a living :) you could easily transfer that skill to civi street :)
 

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