Defence Nursing: 3 Things You Need to Know Before Applying to Jobs

If it’s your passion to join defence nursing and care for serving personnel, it can be tempting to jump into sending out CVs and hitting ‘apply’ to a number of adverts. That’s why we’ve put together a list of things you need to be mindful of so you don’t miss out on a key part of the job search – preparation.

What Your Options Are

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is a central government department that’s responsible for implementing the defence policy. It employs people in different roles from different backgrounds, in many locations across the UK and abroad. The MoD offers a range of careers in medical services, so however you want to contribute to their mission and whatever your skill set is, you can find a job in your region.

We are the primary medical recruiter for the MoD: supporting British Armed Forces, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force with their temporary healthcare worker requirements.

What You Need to Qualify for the Role

Getting a few things in place before you start sending applications out can help set you up for success because there’s nothing more disappointing than finding a seemingly perfect job, only to realise that you’ve not met the employer’s qualifications.

First of all, all nursing roles in the MoD require you to have the right to work in the UK. Furthermore, you may need to have relevant qualifications, experience, or training for the role you’re applying for, which can vary between roles. Make sure you go through each of the requirements carefully, because some roles may require you to take extra training.

If you don’t meet all of the requirements, it may be worth speaking to one of our recruitment consultant to discuss whether there is support to help you gain additional qualifications, or to see whether other roles may be more suitable to your experience and qualifications.

(Speak to one of our career advisors for more information about the qualifications needed in defence nursing.)

What Defence Can Offer You

As a healthcare professional in the MoD, you’ll be working alongside serving personnel, doing things you never imagined yourself doing, and learning new skills and meeting new people who, like you, want more from life.

A career in defence is as rewarding as it is challenging; it can offer great job satisfaction and there are many opportunities to develop and progress, not only within the MoD, but across the wider civil services as well. Through CRG Defence, you can expect incentives like our signing-up bonus, Refer a Friend scheme, and travel opportunities (with accommodation taken care of).

Join the MoD

Our military protect the security, independence, and interests of our country – both at home and abroad. If you’ve always dreamed about being a part of something bigger, you can start searching for healthcare and nursing roles in the MoD with CRG Defence now.

What to find out more about what it’s really like to work as a nurse in the military, you can read our blog on five common questions and answers about military nursing.

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