RAMC Biomedical Scientist

#3
Hi Medicalfool, thanks for your reply. Basically if they're recruiting at the mo, and what they're looking for! I am a 27 year old graduate in astrophysics. I worked in this field for a few years before growing dissatisfaction caused me to pack it all in.

I was very conscious while working in research that what I was doing had absolutely no application, and was therefore a little bit pointless, in a sense. Biomedical science seems perfect, still get to work in a science background but doing something with a point.
 
#4
they are recruiting, check out www.armyjobs.mod.uk and it will give you a little more information about what is entailed! If your already a graduate there may be options to do a one year masters in Biomed in a speciality of your choice alternatively you may need to do a BSc in biomed in portsmouth, however it will depend on how well you do in the BARB test whether or not you will be able to do this job! Both options are worth exploring and depending on the area of your interest wil depend on the demand for that job! Its worth ringing the local careers centre and arranging an interview to discuss your options which can be found in google or armyjobs or www.army.mod.uk

I hope this helps.
 
#6
To be honest, the competiton for the few limited posts available will be hard as some candidates turn up with MSc's in Biomedical Science related topics! So you will either have to be very good or convince them that you are very good!

Do you have a Biomedical degree of any sorts or just astro-physics?
 
#7
The job no longer depends on your speciality as we are all now multi-disciplined apparently....... the route on which to become a BMS will soon be changing but will still involve going to Uni and passing a Military course at the School of BMS currently situated in Gosport but likely to move in the very near future. I was the last of the trainees to do the VIVA now they all take part in a Portfolio approach and having completed that then need to go on and do a specialist portfolio.

As above, the trade has limited numbers for entrants and a number have been turned down in the past even though they have already a non accredited BMS qualification (that is where the top up year described in your first answer is required).
 
#8
cherryviper said:
The job no longer depends on your speciality as we are all now multi-disciplined apparently....... the route on which to become a BMS will soon be changing but will still involve going to Uni and passing a Military course at the School of BMS currently situated in Gosport but likely to move in the very near future. I was the last of the trainees to do the VIVA now they all take part in a Portfolio approach and having completed that then need to go on and do a specialist portfolio.

As above, the trade has limited numbers for entrants and a number have been turned down in the past even though they have already a non accredited BMS qualification (that is where the top up year described in your first answer is required).
In my day we were always multi-disciplined, did it change at some time ? PS I was a Lab Tech 1983 to 1996 finishing as a SSgt.
 
#10
In my day we were always multi-disciplined, did it change at some time ? PS I was a Lab Tech 1983 to 1996 finishing as a SSgt.
Yeah it changed when we lost our foothold on military medicine and the Degree was introduced. Granted we were still trained as "Multidisciplinary" (using that term loosely though) BMS rotating through the main disciplines on a 3 month rota but, the degree prior to it becoming what it is now, required you to specialise in one of those disciplines.

Those that chose Microbiology spent their last year prior to qualifying from Uni in their chosen discipline as did the other disciplines therefore not keeping up to speed with the other disciplines.

I believe it has changed again since I qualified in 2005 but have not really had anything to do with trainees or the NHS since then to keep up to date with what they are doing anymore, thankfully I am in one of the 2 Military establishments we have left and therefore have the opportunity to carry out a multidisciplinary role (although much of it is paperwork now)
 
#11
A very fat SSgt too ;-)
Oi, chicken legs, less cheek or I'll come and hunt you down, not exactly thin one-self are we !!!!!!! Half the size now though with my second career, teaching self defence and public order, how to beat up crims and crusty's Ha Ha
 
#12
Yeah it changed when we lost our foothold on military medicine and the Degree was introduced. Granted we were still trained as "Multidisciplinary" (using that term loosely though) BMS rotating through the main disciplines on a 3 month rota but, the degree prior to it becoming what it is now, required you to specialise in one of those disciplines.

Those that chose Microbiology spent their last year prior to qualifying from Uni in their chosen discipline as did the other disciplines therefore not keeping up to speed with the other disciplines.

I believe it has changed again since I qualified in 2005 but have not really had anything to do with trainees or the NHS since then to keep up to date with what they are doing anymore, thankfully I am in one of the 2 Military establishments we have left and therefore have the opportunity to carry out a multidisciplinary role (although much of it is paperwork now)
Sounds like a backwards step that, but suppose I shouldn't be surprised with all other things the politicians have done to the Corps and the Army in general, betraying our soldiers when thay are injured and maimed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
 
#13
Mmmm have the Army decided to commission BMS yet? People with BSc/MSc's coming in to the field might find some ignoramus lording it over them a little hard to bare. Shame about RAM Coll. It's a farty art college now......gone are the days.................... Ps I remember 1983 well fatarse! :eek:)
 
#14
Mmmm have the Army decided to commission BMS yet? People with BSc/MSc's coming in to the field might find some ignoramus lording it over them a little hard to bare. Shame about RAM Coll. It's a farty art college now......gone are the days.................... Ps I remember 1983 well fatarse! :eek:)
Nope, we are not commisioned and every BMS is now required to have a BSc as starting point gone are the HNC days.
 
#15
I had heard there is the possability of a BMS getting a commision to become an officer, from what I heard though you have to have years of experience and have a management role.
 
#18
I think that the Army is taking the P.155 they want a degree and for you to reach SSgt before a commision can be applied for?!!! FSS, have they gown bonkers!!?? Next they'll insist that you will have undertaken commando training, have para wings, be a chopper pilot and served three tours of Afgan!
Well I take my faded RAMC beret off to you guys (+girls), bet they still treat you like crap.
Do you come in as a seargeant?
In the Navy they at least have Artificers....I know where I would go again..... and it's not about the rank it's about the attitude towards medical professionals....
 
#19
I think that the Army is taking the P.155 they want a degree and for you to reach SSgt before a commision can be applied for?!!! FSS, have they gown bonkers!!?? Next they'll insist that you will have undertaken commando training, have para wings, be a chopper pilot and served three tours of Afgan!
Well I take my faded RAMC beret off to you guys (+girls), bet they still treat you like crap.
Do you come in as a seargeant?
In the Navy they at least have Artificers....I know where I would go again..... and it's not about the rank it's about the attitude towards medical professionals....
You join the trade as Private and then start your part time degree, after your first year is completed you normally gain your LCpl, complete 2nd year you get your Cpl. The way we train has recently trained , it used to be that you would get your Sgt 5 years from completing the Basic Lab Course held at FB but this course no longer exists at the beginning of the degree, it has moved and changed format so that our trainees are better equiped for dealing with tours following their degree and registration so would be looking anywhere between 5 and 6 years to hit Sgt, then you are graded against your peers for the rest of your time as a BMS.

Navy get to chief quicker but then stay there for a long time as until recently they never had a WO2 slot, now there are 3.

RAF eventually get to Sgt then stay there til one of the Flights or WO's die.
 

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