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  • Advert number: 352238-0
  • Posted Date: 07/04/14




I joined the RAF whilst I was a medical student and I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I am currently the Deputy Senior Medical Officer at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire where I am a GP at the medical centre. My working day involves a stimulating mix of aviation medicine, occupational medicine, sports medicine and usual general practice. This can see me making decisions on an aviator's fitness to fly with renal stone disease to treating hypertension or heart disease to deciding if someone is fit to deploy, with a recent diagnosis of asthma for example, to Afghanistan or the Falkland Islands. This is combined with being on call for aircraft emergencies and crashes on station. This variety ensures that no one day is the same and makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating job. The aspect that makes the difference from NHS GP is truly being an integral part of the community that you serve. Being part of this community on the station provides an amazing support network that really looks after each other.

I have also been fortunate enough to serve on out of area detachments to the Falkland Islands and the Middle East. I also take my turn on the aeromedical evacuation rota. My last trip saw me bringing patients with minor blast injuries and an anaphylaxis patient back from Bastion in Afghanistan. This is an aspect of the role that you receive extra training for and whilst this brings extra challenges and demands, it is extremely rewarding and an exciting part of the job.

The pay and conditions are a significantly positive aspect too. Virtually all CPD and exam fees are funded by the military and pension contributions are made by the RAF. You also have the benefit of working with like-minded individuals who are equally as committed and professional as you are.

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