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Soldier careers

Join Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps and become a Student Nurse, Registered Nurse Soldier or Healthcare Assistant. Find out about the careers available in adult and mental health disciplines.

Registered Nurse - Adult Health

If you are about to qualify or are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (RN(A) Level 1) And are under the age of 32 years and 11 months, you are eligible to apply to become a Registered Nurse Soldier in the QARANC.

You will work in a variety of environments; Defence Medical Groups (DMG) (NHS Hospitals with military units working alongside them), Medical Regiments, Field Hospitals, Instructor posts (both military and academic), recruiting, management and staff positions (administrative). Currently Army nurses are based and deployed in the UK, Germany, Cyprus, Canada, Poland, Brunei, Nepal, Kenya and Sierra Leone.

For more information, visit Role Finder

Registered Nurse - Mental Health

If you are already qualified and registered with the Mental Health Nurses Association (MHNA), and are under the age of 32 years and 11 months, you are eligible to apply to become a Registered Nurse Soldier in the QARANC.. Due to working in often isolated locations independently from your MH team, two years post-reg experience is required.

You will work in a variety of environments; Departments of Community Mental Health, Defence Medical Groups, Medical Regiments, instructor posts (both military and academic courses), recruiting, management and staff (administrative). Currently Army MH Nurses are based and deployed in, UK, Germany, Cyprus, Canada, and Brunei. They can also be deployed out to settings where there is a need for acute intervention; previous areas of deployment have been Afghanistan and Iraq for example.

For more information, visit Role Finder

Student Nurse - Adult Health

If you meet the academic entry requirements for BSc Nursing (currently 300 UCAS Points) and are aged between 17 years and 6 months and 32 years and 11 months (on commencement of your solder basic military training) you are eligible to apply for student nurse training with the QARANC.

As a student you will study your degree at Birmingham City University (BCU) as part of the Defence Healthcare Education Unit. This is an integrated military Unit part of BCU that you will be part of whilst you are completing your civilian nursing qualification. Your educational training takes place in a variety of clinical settings within the Birmingham area, with one clinical placement based in a military setting. You will still complete military training during your three years at university, as well as a military exercise and adventurous training.

For more information, visit Role Finder

Healthcare Assistant

If you meet the education requirements (GCSE English A*-C and GCSE Maths A*-G, or equivalent) you can apply to be a HCA in the Army but you must be between 17 years and 6 months and 32 years and 11 months (on commencement of Phase 1 basic military training). Your HCA training takes place at DMS Whittington in Litchfield, with a variety of academic and practical education and exams. You will be studying towards your Apprentiship Level 3 in Clinical Healthcare Support.

Healthcare Assistants work alongside nursing soldiers and officers in a variety of environments; Defence Medical Groups (DMG) (NHS Hospitals with military units working alongside them), Medical Regiments, Field Hospitals, Instructual posts (both military and academic), recruiting, management and staff positions (administrative). Currently Army HCA’s are based and deployed in the UK, Germany, Cyprus, Canada, Poland, Brunei, Nepal, Kenya and Sierra Leone.

For more information, visit Role Finder

Soldier application

How to apply - Soldier entry

Apply online by registering a profile via the 'Apply online' link on the right hand panel.

Your application will be followed up and you will be contacted by the National Recruiting Centre (NRC) who will guide you through the Army Selection Process.

Once you have passed your medical and the two days Army Soldier Selection Process, you will be called forward to attend a QARANC Regimental Insight Course. You will then subsequently be invited for your specific Selection Board; this will vary depending on the type of soldier role you are applying for. Further information on the types of nursing selection boards can be found below.

For further information about the Army Nursing Careers you can visit the Army Website or visit your nearest local Army Careers Centre.

 

The Board Process

Registered Nurse Selection Board

At a Registered Nurse Selection Board you will be asked to give a seven minute presentation followed by a 30-40 min interview in front of a panel of senior nurses within the QARANC.  Each panel will have a Nursing Education, Recruiting and a Senior Clinical Officer present. They will each have different backgrounds and focus their attention to their areas of expertise.

 

Student Nurse Selection Board

At a Student Nurse Selection Board you will be asked to attend a two-day selection process which involves a numeracy and literacy assessment, an indoor problem solving exercise, group debate and an interview. Each interview panel will have a Nursing Education, Recruiting and a Senior Clinical Officer present. They will each have different backgrounds and focus their attention to their areas of expertise.

 

Health Care Assistant Board

At a HCA Selection Board you will be asked to attend a two-day selection process which involves a basic literacy assessment, a group debate, problem solving and an interview. Each interview panel will be made up of a representative from the HCA Training School, Recruiting Officer, Senior Clinical HCA Soldier and a Senior Clinical Nursing Officer present. They will each have different backgrounds and focus their attention to their areas of expertise.

 

What happens next?

If successful at a Selection Board you will be offered a place at Phase 1 Training either at Army Training Centre Pirbright or Winchester. This is a 14 (sometimes 17) week programme to train you to be a soldier. (Also known as Basic Training). Further information about the ATC can be found via the right hand links panel.

Once you have ‘passed out’ (completed your basic soldier training), you will go onto your specific trade training:

Registered Nurses go to their first posting in a Defence Medical Group (DMG) or Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH).

Student Nurses go to Birmingham City University (BCU) to commence student nurse training. There are two courses held per year.

Health Care Assistants go to the HCA Training School, Lichfield. There are two courses held per year.

For more information on any of our roles please visit the 'Army Role Finder' via the link on the right hand panel.

If you would like to discuss any part of the application process in detail please contact the QARANC Recruiting Team.


QA Recruiting Team
Tel: 01276 412618/  01276  412741/ 01276 412742
Email: Army-Nursing@mod.uk

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