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Scott Medical & Healthcare College

Students hear from Defence Medical Services

We were lucky to welcome two distinguished guests from the Joint Hospitals Group, Cdr Lindsy Robinson - RN Medical Services Officer, and Lt Cdr Gary Mitchell - RN ITU Nurse.

Their visit brought with it a wealth of knowledge and insights into the realm of Defence Medical Services (DMS), leaving students of Years 9, 10, and 12 captivated and inspired.

The talks delivered by Cdr Robinson and Lt Cdr Mitchell were nothing short of enlightening. They eloquently outlined the intricate framework of the Defence Medical Services, shedding light on its multifaceted components, which include the Royal Naval Medical Services, Army Medical Services, and Royal Airforce Medical Services.

Central to the discussion was the comprehensive nature of the DMS, students learnt about the various vital units and facilities, including the Joint Hospital Group (JHG) Units: Strategically embedded within NHS Trusts, these units serve as pillars of collaboration between military and civilian medical expertise. Other units include The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM), Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Stanford Hall, Defence Primary Healthcare (DPHC) & Regional Rehabilitation Units (RRUs)  and Mental Health Services.

Furthermore, Cdr Robinson and Lt Cdr Mitchell emphasised the pivotal role of DMS in safeguarding the well-being of military personnel, both at home and in deployment scenarios. As they aptly put it, the primary mission of DMS is to ensure the fitness and health of our most valuable asset - our people - providing exemplary care whether on land, at sea, or in the theatre of operations.

Beyond the scope of traditional healthcare, the duo expounded upon the large range of opportunities available within DMS, ranging from deployment experiences to ongoing training and continuous learning initiatives. Students were intrigued by the diverse array of job roles within the DMS framework, each offering unique challenges and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The interactive session culminated in a lively Q&A session, where students seized the opportunity to delve deeper into the intricacies of military healthcare and the pathways available for those considering a career in this noble field. The feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing their gratitude for the enlightening discourse.

As the sessions drew to a close, students departed with a newfound appreciation for the vital role played by Defense Medical Services in safeguarding the health and well-being of our armed forces. 

We extend a huge thank you to Cdr Robinson and Lt Cdr Mitchell for coming into college to speak to our eager students.