Medical Support Officer

#1
Hey,
I am wondering what information you lot can offer on the role of Medical Support Officer, the description online is rather brief and I was wondering if I could get some more "hands on" information on it.

Thanks in advance.
 
#4
Do a search been discussed at length, good promotion prospects, good job when you leave but a crap job.
 
#5
General Dogs Bodies, normally used as welfare officers or any other job that is not strictly medically related from my experience
Oh really? How many Medical Regiments and Field Hospitals are commanded by MSOs?

Who are Comd Med 1 (UK) Armd Div, D Med Plans at AMD, DComd 2 Med Bde & Col AMS Div?

I suggest you engage brain before responding.
 
#6
DE MSO will start life as a troopy somewhere. Then prospects for command appointments is generally good. My 2i/c is DE and as is my OC.

LE officers get the push jobs like welfare, RCMO etc unless they convert to DE. A spell as a staff officer will serve well for sub unit or even regtl comd
 
#7
Oh really? How many Medical Regiments and Field Hospitals are commanded by MSOs?

Who are Comd Med 1 (UK) Armd Div, D Med Plans at AMD, DComd 2 Med Bde & Col AMS Div?

I suggest you engage brain before responding.
I am guessing that all the above are MSOs? and dare say that they started their careers as the Dogs body Officer i.e troopy, Welfare, Training Officer and progressed to a position of command. Normally the only thing Medical about an MSO is the M in MSO. I would even go so far as to say those MSOs that are in a command position are in Admin roles and not in roles that are Medical like Doctors/Nurses or Consultants etc.

Therefore I stand by my original post. Please feel free to get back on your high horse and trot on
 
#10
Yup confirmed, Admin/GD and Staff roles not Medical Roles
Of course - they're not medically qualified. What did you expect?

From what I hear, it's a good job to get in to in terms of promotion prospects. Although I also hear that most of the candidates at Sandhurst who go for it are somewhat of an embarrassment, constantly injured/backtermed (this may be an exaggeration).
 
#11
Not usually a first choice at sandhurst for RAMC but I suppose the others get there fair share of biffs.

The latest intake of troopies we have seem ok
 
#12
I am guessing that all the above are MSOs? and dare say that they started their careers as the Dogs body Officer i.e troopy, Welfare, Training Officer and progressed to a position of command. Normally the only thing Medical about an MSO is the M in MSO. I would even go so far as to say those MSOs that are in a command position are in Admin roles and not in roles that are Medical like Doctors/Nurses or Consultants etc.

Therefore I stand by my original post. Please feel free to get back on your high horse and trot on
You're either bored or monumentally stupid. More likely a combination of both with a light dusting of chippy AHP thrown in. Either way, you quite clearly have no understanding of a Regimental system so I suggest you keep those stabilisers on your trike for a little while longer, you're a long way off graduating to riding a horse.
 
#13
You're either bored or monumentally stupid. More likely a combination of both with a light dusting of chippy AHP thrown in. Either way, you quite clearly have no understanding of a Regimental system so I suggest you keep those stabilisers on your trike for a little while longer, you're a long way off graduating to riding a horse.
Just short of 18 years with 15 of those being in a "Regimental System" so have a fairly good idea of what an MSO is thanks, Administrative Officers not Medical, they may hold command and staff positions but again these are Admin roles and not those of medical personnel which is the point in my previous thread, my first comment/post whilst not entirely sarcastic does have a sprinkling of truth to it.

Oh and as a side snippet those AHP that fail to get a commission in their own trade and gain commission as a MSO are no longer in a medical role, they are in a Medical Unit with a medical background but they are still admin officers, you can sugar coat it all you want but it is the reality of the job.

Sorry if this offends your glorified perception of the MSO.
 
#15
Just short of 18 years with 15 of those being in a "Regimental System" so have a fairly good idea of what an MSO is thanks, Administrative Officers not Medical, they may hold command and staff positions but again these are Admin roles and not those of medical personnel which is the point in my previous thread, my first comment/post whilst not entirely sarcastic does have a sprinkling of truth to it.

Oh and as a side snippet those AHP that fail to get a commission in their own trade and gain commission as a MSO are no longer in a medical role, they are in a Medical Unit with a medical background but they are still admin officers, you can sugar coat it all you want but it is the reality of the job.

Sorry if this offends your glorified perception of the MSO.
Where does 'medical' begin and end? Medicine is a continuum of care with wider J1 and J4 interfaces. Is a Biomedical Scientist delivering a medical ora technical effect? A job or effect that may seem non-medical to you, may well contribute to medical effect. If MSOs aren't medical why are they
afforded protected status under the GC?

The John Boyd Vikings thought that plating out MSUs and servicing the haematology and clinical chemistry analysers were dogsbody jobs; so we can all have an opinion on the relative merits of each other's employment. Personally I couldn't wait to get out of the lab...
 
#16
A ruler to write capitals? Now who is the stupid one? Is that really the best you can do? Go back to the rest of your MSO buddies with their degrees in Furniture Design and other non Medical degrees.

Everyone in a medical unit who wears the red cross armband is awarded protection under the GC so that argument is a no go.

I work in logistics now not the lab, I agree parts of the BMS job is dogs body work, I can admit that. The NHS have MLAs to do those jobs we don't.

The BMS is an integral part of the diagnosis process, the MSO is an integral part of the administration process, they wear the Medical cap badge but doesn't make them anymore medical than the clerk or driver working in a medical unit. A medic at 16 wears the maroon beret but that doesn't make them a para.

I
 
#17
A ruler to write capitals? Now who is the stupid one? Is that really the best you can do? Go back to the rest of your MSO buddies with their degrees in Furniture Design and other non Medical degrees.
The best I can do? No it isn't by a long shot but a) you reacted to it and b) your intellect and doesn't deserve anything better. Go back to the Sgt's Mess and continue to whine like a girl about how shit everyone/thing else is, whine about the commissioning process, whine about the NHS, in fact, whine about anything that comes into a 50 mile radius of your grid square.

Anyway, I'm off to IKEA. They have some really nice furniture in there.
 
#18
There has been no whining her fella, just merely stating facts. It's sad life when all you have to do is try to sugar coat shit all day, next you will be joining Top Soldier in sugar coating the CMTs role in a field unit.
 
#19
You said 'fella'. Christ Almighty, you really do need to get out ASAP - perhaps you can work in the NHS as a full-time civvy and earn all those millions doing Agency work that you lot keep honking on about. Sad thing is, you're still an assistant to someone else eminently more qualified, respected and better paid than you.

I do like the word 'Allied'.
 
#20
The funny thing is that he's been effectively arguing with himself and no-one else. I just waded in because I was bored and it's easy to bait a 'tech'. The point he was trying to make (very badly) was that MSOs weren't clinically qualified but unfortunately that wasn't the original question. Instead, he jumped in whining and yelling about MSOs as general dogsbodies and kept banging on about they weren't 'medical'. At no point did anybody try and suggest they were clinical types but by ****, he kept on reinforcing the point to an audience of one - himself.
 

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