Medical Support Officer (MSO) couple of noobie questions


Hi all,

Seeking a bit info about the role of Medical support officer (MSO); heck if there’s a serving MSO on here I’d love to chew your ear off with questions!

I’m busy finishing off my masters in physiotherapy; however I’m almost certain that physio isn’t the career for me. MSO is appealing as it looks a lot like the role of a senior manager within the NHS; a role I’d love but would hate the physio graft for 15-20 years to get there!

I’ve found that there isn’t a great deal of info on the army website about this role so perhaps the forum can help me out a bit. Broadly speaking am I right in thinking that it’s a lot of admin and organisational work, responsible for co-ordinating the medical staff?

Of course the role of an officer isn’t easily acquired but is MSO a competitive position?

Is it a long or short career? Read on another thread that it was a pretty short commission and a short lived career due to cuts and restructuring at the time (thread was late 2000s I believe).

What are the typical posting of a MSO? I.e. would you spend most of your career posted overseas or mostly within the UK?

Last relevant post to the topic of MSO seems to be 2011, don’t want to look like I’m asking old questions, just seeking up to date info as I know things change.

Thanks for any help you can give folks


A quick google

Typical Duties of a Medical Support Officer

The early and formative years of a Medical Support Officer are more attuned to the regimental and administrative tasks of a mainstream officer within the British Army, not healthcare management. After Commissioning into the RAMC all officers must attend the Entry Officers' Course (EOC), where they study in depth the medical doctrine employed by the British Army. Basic medical training is given in order to give an understanding of the capabilities of the clinicians within the RAMC. Medical Support Officers do not get involved in treating casualties, but are responsible for leading, directing and coordinating those troops who do treat the wounded. Part of this may require Medical Support Officers to attain certain civilian recognised qualifications, notably Major Incident Medical Management and Support (MIMMS). The first posting is to a Medical Regiment or Field Hospital as a Troop Commander where in addition to typical regimental duties the Medical Support Officer will be involved in the organisation and provision of medical facilities to the rest of the army on military exercises and military operations. Later, at the rank ofCaptain or Major, Medical Support Officers will find themselves in a higher planning role, either in a Medical Regiment or within a staff headquarters. Those with either a first degree or diploma may apply to undertake an in-service Masters degree in topics to do with health service management or disaster relief management.

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