Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

Full Time
  • Post Date: December 24, 2019
  • Apply Before: May 31, 2020
  • Salary Range £30,000+
  • EDUCATION LEVEL Undergraduate degree (or equivalent)
  • INDUSTRY SECTOR Healthcare, HM Armed Forces
Job Description

As an RAF Mental Health Nurse, you will operate in multi-disciplinary teams to deliver a safe and effective community mental health service-to-service personnel, in order to enhance and sustain the operational effectiveness of the UK Armed Forces.


  • Be aged 21 – 47 (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on Part 1 of the register. However, candidates may apply in their final year of
  • Registered Nurse training – up to 6-12 months before Registered Nurse qualification and whilst waiting for Nursing and Midwifery Registration.
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth
  • You must also hold a current full UK driving licence.
  • Commit to a minimum of 4 years return of service
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test


  • Provide assessment, care planning, coordination, evaluation and monitoring of specific evidence-based therapies/treatment to patients.
  • Provide Mental Health Medical support to Aeromedical Evacuations from locations worldwide.
  • Deploy to areas of conflict when required to provide Mental Health Support to deployed UK Armed Forces.

As a Registered Nurse (Mental Health), you will initially work as a community mental health nurse alongside a multidisciplinary team, providing high standards of nursing care to Service personnel. You will also train for the aeromedical evacuation role, ensuring the in-flight care and safety of patients requiring aeromedical evacuation for Mental Health reasons. Community mental health nurses in the RAF deliver care to all Service personnel in a variety of locations with the focus being on treatment, occupational management and health promotion. You may get the opportunity to work at Tactical Medical Wing as a Aeromedical Mental Health Nurse. You will follow NICE guidelines in providing the highest quality of care through evidence-based practice. This practice will involve using diagnostic procedures, pharmacological interventions and therapy-based treatment such as EMDR and CB

Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.
The RAF mental health nurse training strategy outlines the courses required at appropriate milestones in your military career. During the first 3 years of joining, courses will be booked in consultation with your mentor. A wide range of courses are required to ensure you are fully equipped to perform your primary role, including aeromedical evacuation and operational support, where necessary.


  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.
  • Be aged between 21 and 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday).

Minimum Average Pay Over Your First Year£17,000+ Benefits
Initial pay after training£31,759 + Benefits