RMR Medical Assistant?

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Hi lads, I've been looking at the RMR and was wondering if it was possible for them to specialise as a MA and if possible would being trained as a paramedic as a civilian improve your chances of being able to specialise?

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The easy answer is no. However, as I understand it - if you can secure a place on a regular course, attend it - more than likely - unpaid and the unit supports you then in theory the answer is yes. This is the same answer for all non RMR required SQs.

That said there was a very qualified and capable Professional medic, who did do a lot with regards to medical cover for exercises, etc, etc.

Another one where it’s probably best you Speak with the Unit’s recruitment team advise them of your skill set, your aspirations and see if they could design a pathway to get you there or whether it is a full stop - no.
 

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The answer is no on both counts - even if your unit supports it - you will not Paramedic trained via RMR and very, very unlikely even regular service now (only a handful ever were - via Poole in the main)
 

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Think we are talking about different things and he is already trained as a paramedic.

My experience/discussions are based on RMR. But we are agree that ultimately - as with all SQs - it comes down to Brigade. Theoretically it is possible. Realistically it’s not going to happen -but things change all the time
 

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Sad to say he will not get training support (as nil requirement) & cannot function legally as a paramedic under military protocols (unless employed is such a role of which there is 8 billets) even if registered as a paramedic as no requirement for them in RN / RM stated by the head of medical services- This is and has been a major issue within the medical world within the RM in which I spent 24 years with no progress in this area .!
 

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Okay cheers for your answers lads that helped me out quite a bit, ill get on contact with the recruitment team and see what they say but I'm not holding out hope from what you guys have said but I think I already knew this might be the case just wanted to hear it from some lads who knew a lot more than me
 

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As stated by @The guide, MA is not an RMR specialisation.

There maybe former RM MA's who have transferred to the RM but the MA course is a lengthy full time course. As there are no RMR billets or requirements in the role of MA, it's a regular service specialisation only, regardless of Civilian qualifications held.

As an aside, there was a RM trained rank who qualified as a Nurse but his choice was to either transfer to RN in that role, continue serving in a RM GD role or leave the service. He chose to leave and pursue a medical career.
 

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Hi lads, I've been looking at the RMR and was wondering if it was possible for them to specialise as a MA and if possible would being trained as a paramedic as a civilian improve your chances of being able to specialise?

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As states above, not a chance. Only qualifications you will receive from RMR is Team Medic. I was looking/hoping for a higher medic qual with RMR but it’s not achievable.
Team medic isn’t a bad course, it’s valuable and has its place, but it’s not really anything in-depth as Combat Medic stuff.

If you want to go down the Medic route, you need to consider the Army Reserves. And even then, you are limited to what Army Reserve Units are available in your local area.
And to put it bluntly, the RMR doesn’t really care what you do or qualifications you have in civvie street. And if you did, as explained above you won’t be covered to any of it without the Military Qualifications.

I wouldn’t be encouraging any RMR/Reserve ranks to do anything unpaid. It boils my wee when people suggest that. Reservists give up their time to train and should be appropriately reimbursed for it. The chain of command shouldn’t even think of suggesting it.
 

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As states above, not a chance. Only qualifications you will receive from RMR is Team Medic. I was looking/hoping for a higher medic qual with RMR but it’s not achievable.
Team medic isn’t a bad course, it’s valuable and has its place, but it’s not really anything in-depth as Combat Medic stuff.

If you want to go down the Medic route, you need to consider the Army Reserves. And even then, you are limited to what Army Reserve Units are available in your local area.
And to put it bluntly, the RMR doesn’t really care what you do or qualifications you have in civvie street. And if you did, as explained above you won’t be covered to any of it without the Military Qualifications.

I wouldn’t be encouraging any RMR/Reserve ranks to do anything unpaid. It boils my wee when people suggest that. Reservists give up their time to train and should be appropriately reimbursed for it. The chain of command shouldn’t even think of suggesting it.
So not wanting to start a new thread, I'm guessing team medics do what they say they do on the tin and just look after anyone on the team who's injured until a qualified medic can take over right?
 

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So not wanting to start a new thread, I'm guessing team medics do what they say they do on the tin and just look after anyone on the team who's injured until a qualified medic can take over right?
Team medic is basically at the point of wounding.
It’s more like battlefield first aid. Stopping you from dying or getting worse, and marking anything that needs to be taken care of down the line by further medical care.
I’m sure the guide will be able to give you a much more in-depth account.
 

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I was a Class one Combat Medic with the Royal Army Medical Corps. I later attached to the Infantry as a company medic.
The common comparator to CMT/MA has always been the paramedic. This might be comparable in terms of prehospital and emergency life saving care but does not embrace the wider role of a CMT. You can also expect to get involved with primary health care, bit of environmental health and logistical support (i.e the building of field hospitals, medical tent erection, med stores etc).
The role of a CMT is to be responsible for maintaining the health of servicemen and women wherever they are deployed. You’ll provide medical support to operations, exercises and adventure training. No matter what is going on. You always need some form of med cover.
As a class one medic I completed the Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support (BATLS) course. Which qualified me to perform emergency procedures such as Surgical Cricothyroidotomy, chest drains and advanced Intraosseous Infusion methods. So the clinical training can become really quite intensive.

Meanwhile, team medic is a short course- certainly no more than a week that will enable an infanteer to provide casualty care to injured soldiers in a combat situation. A good team medic will be confident in their ability to keep a casualty alive if they are injured on the battlefield. They are more prepared than the average soldier to provide medical assistance until a medic can attend.
All serving personnel are trained in basic first aid and team medic is a step up.

If you are already a trained paramedic you can join the Army reserve via the Professionally Qualified Soldier Entry pathway.
 
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