Medical Assistant - Royal Marines

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ok, i have been looking on the RM website about specialisations but to be honest its not giving me enough information.

When i hopefully join the Royal Marines i would like to become a medical assistant but what roles would that consist of.

and could it benefit me when i leave the RM in the future?
 

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Cheers Ninja,
I want to do this specialisation too,
I'm guessing that the difference between an RN and RM medical assistant,
is that most RN ma's would be stationed on a ship or submarine,
while RM ma's would be assigned to patrols.

Joe
 

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Are any of these skills transferable to civilian jobs at all? I've just been looking at what MO's earn and damn it's a lot!
 

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@Ninja_Stoker , I'm just wondering if you have the up-to-date links at all? I've been searching around the RN website but can't find the download you linked?
 

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The only MA,s within the RN/RM that may get their Paramedics is the guys that work in the UKSF Med group , the RN does not recognize paramedics at present, and their is no training pathway for them , with the advent of the new defence medic training pathway you would gain a level 3 certificate in higher education and that it at present ..any transferable skills would come over time Advanced Life Support and so on but these are courses that build towards a job not one,s you could get a civilian job on the strength of it alone..Medics tend to be able to cross over where they work but submariners are a sub branch and tend to stick to subs only..but RM medics can work on ship and RN medics can work on the land bases..most medics at CTC are navy and not RM. When at a unit RM medics are attached to a company (120 ranks aprox) and they look after that group of guys alongside working in the sickbay in a day to day role. Currently the list for RM medics is quite long as is the cross over list for guys from other trades.
 

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ok, i have been looking on the RM website about specialisations but to be honest its not giving me enough information.

When i hopefully join the Royal Marines i would like to become a medical assistant but what roles would that consist of.

and could it benefit me when i leave the RM in the future?


I looked into this a year ago this is going off a hazy drunken conversation so anyone with more experience please correct me if I am wrong, one of my best pals is a paramedic who I spoke to about this. As far as I recall the Navy and Army medical assistant qualifications isn't good enough to switch over to be a paramedic, there is a registration or list which you get put on and as far as I can remember the navy and army qualifications don't get you registered , you would have probably have to go to uni like my friend did. However if you are interested in being a medic serving in the forces then the RAF medic is the best option, they do have qualifications that are recognized and do get registered and can help you switch over to get a job as a paramedic in civvy street, so if you want to go down that route recommend going raf medic https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/roles/roles-finder/medical-and-medical-support/raf-medic/

I did look at jobs after and the best paid jobs I have found were Medic in oil rigs or tankers boats, pay quite well but again have to pay out to get extra qualification to work on a ship I forgotten what they were but looking at like 4k or 5k in courses plus its hard to get into
 

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The only MA,s within the RN/RM that may get their Paramedics is the guys that work in the UKSF Med group , the RN does not recognize paramedics at present, and their is no training pathway for them , with the advent of the new defence medic training pathway you would gain a level 3 certificate in higher education and that it at present ..any transferable skills would come over time Advanced Life Support and so on but these are courses that build towards a job not one,s you could get a civilian job on the strength of it alone..Medics tend to be able to cross over where they work but submariners are a sub branch and tend to stick to subs only..but RM medics can work on ship and RN medics can work on the land bases..most medics at CTC are navy and not RM. When at a unit RM medics are attached to a company (120 ranks aprox) and they look after that group of guys alongside working in the sickbay in a day to day role. Currently the list for RM medics is quite long as is the cross over list for guys from other trades.


just spent ages writing my post *text deleted* did what I wrote make sense?
 

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Some (most) did apart from the bit about the RAF totally not true..the Army has a paramedic route in place..and the RAF guys tend to work in medical centre,s where as the RN/RM & Army guys get much more hands on with a fighting unit...the RAF guys tend to do the Paramedics for MERT / CASEVAC flights..where there is a team with them..RM and RN MA,s work on their own often and have much more responsibility,The RAF also do not provide role one treatment to SF..Once again the RM / RN & Army...totally right about transferable skills straight away..but any service medic can do an abridged ambulance tech course when they come out of the service ...3 weeks instead of 7-9 weeks to work on ambulances..it,s in the pipeline to change this though..so a tech qual is given at the end of your medical training.
 

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As my two pence worth, although @The guide haa covered a lot of it.

The RAF do offer a paramedic role, BUT, mostly open as a reserve posting to already qualified PMs. The duty speech in the recruitment is that you "may" wel be able to do it through RAF medic but as said before RAF don't offer an SF role (except of course being attached to the RAF regt ;) )

Spot on with the IRT/MERT, a mate is an Army medic she says not to bother going RAF medic since afghan is closed, you will sit in a sickbay mopping floors. She may be bias but recommended the Army Medic.



As for transferable skills: I was refused entry to he Scottish Ambulance Service by the NHS due to not having Higher education (A levels/Highers) my previous medical experience didn't count for f*ckall. There is talk of a "stepping stone" course to stop this, as they are losing lots of blokes/ladies. (Aberdeen for a fact has a MASSIVE shortage of Paramedics with Ambulance techs having to go solo on shifts and take the Ambulance home)


I have a mate in Middlesborough Ambulance Service who was in the same situation as me but was accepted without higher education. He said that certain areas of the England/Wales Ambulance Services (they are still broken down, not like the horrendous failure/joke/bag of *text deleted* that is the Centralising push in Scotland) MAY take you on and push you through training.

Either way, medic quals or not, your taken straight back to their basic level of training, as they don't want you running in and drop kicking people out the way and slapping CAT tourniquets on everyone, popping smoke and fireman carrying OAPs 100m across the car park to the Ambulance.

Sidenote:
As for Offshore medic, they actually prefer Nurses as that's the level of care they need, they don't really need the trauma side of things as a Helo will be inbound in a matter of minutes. (That's not to say they won't take Paramedics).

I can't say anything about Remote Medicine or CP Medics as I don't have a clue!


Pigeons top tip? Get down that *text deleted* learning centre and get higher education.
 

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Spot on . hence the drive for the certificate in higher education alongside the Tech qual..as nearly all ambulances services are now degree Paramedics. And spot on about the RAF guys.will do very little hands on now.
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As far as I am aware you can do an open degree in Paramedic Science.... I am not aware of how/if the corps pays for it. But you know who will know?

The learning centre.
 

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