04 / 4 / 2016 Midnight
Following their final two week training at Sandhurst, 26 NHS reservists joined the Army Medical Services (AMS) as Reserve Medical Officers on Saturday 12 March 2016.
All 26 were welcomed into the Army Medical Services by senior reservist Brigadier Peter Gilbert, a GP and member of Medway CCG, who said; ”These new officers bring their essential professional qualifications to the Army Reserve, which is more important to the Army than ever. They have already proved that they are ready for the most challenging roles, and will have opportunities to work and train with our allies around the world.”
The top student on the course, Captain Minnette Moneith who works at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, was awarded the prestigious Duke of Westminster Sword.
The group are employed in a range of professions across the NHS, highlighting the variety of skills that are needed and can be developed across the Army Medical Services. Lieutenant Tiffany Delves works at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as a radiographer and found her training at Sandhurst mentally and physically stretching and at the same time a huge privilege.
Nicky Hill, director of human resources at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are extremely proud of the Army reservists who work at our hospitals. We have, for some time, maintained a signed pledge with the Ministry of Defence committing our support to facilitating deployment and/or training in military activities for our reservists.
We actively promote and recognise the work of reservists and support those involved in the Reserve Forces in taking time out of their job role for training and deployment. We consistently find that the skills and experience developed by reservists during their training and mobilisation helps colleagues be even more effective when they return to our hospitals."
Even more experienced colleagues in the NHS have found that reserve medical officer training at Sandhurst offers unique development opportunities. Major Robert McGregor is a consultant anaesthetist at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and is already looking forward to a 5-day Medical Officers Surgical Training (MOST) course and values the non-clinical strengths developed throughout his training, such as enhanced leadership and management skills.
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