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Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps

Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) nurses have worked at the sharp end of military life throughout the last century of military nursing. Nursing officers, registered nurses, healthcare assistants and student nurses of the QARANC deliver a high quality, adaptable and dedicated nursing care wherever the Army needs it.
Army nurses and healthcare assistants can find themselves in medical regiments and field hospitals dealing with a myriad of different casualties, many with poly traumas.

Postings vary from Ministry of Defence Hospital Units (MDHU), primary health care, field hospitals, medical regiments, instructor posts (both military and academic courses), recruiting, management and staff (administrative).

Currently Army nurses are based and deployed in the UK, Germany, Cyprus, Canada, Poland, Brunei, Kenya and Sierra Leone.

What are we?

The Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) consists of officers and soldiers made up of the following career employment groups (CEG)

  • Nursing Officer - Adult
  • Nursing Officer - Mental Health
  • Soldier Nurse - Adult
  • Soldier Nurse – Mental Health
  • Student Nurse – Adult or Mental Health
  • Healthcare Assistants

Where do we work?

Ministry of Defence Hospital Units (MDHU)

  • Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey
  • Queen Alexandra's Hospital Portsmouth
  • Derriford Hospital, Plymouth 
  • Friarage Hospital, Northallerton
  • The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham

We also provide Primary care to the Army in Northern Ireland, Canada, Germany and Cyprus.

  • Field Units
    The QARANC can work within Field Hospitals and Medical Regiments (Regular Army) as well as in a variety of Army Reserve medical units.
  • Staff & Command
    There are opportunities for both QARANC Officers and Soldiers to work in a Staff and Command setting, such as Training, Development, Manning Recruitment and Personnel.
  • Training & Education
    There are QARANC Officers and Soldiers working in the Healthcare Assistant Training School, Birmingham City University and Army Training Centres.
  • On Operations
    The QARANC serve wherever there are deployed troops. We serve on operations world-wide and provide primary and secondary nursing care to the British Army.

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