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Mental Health Nurse (Qualified)
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Mental Health Nurse (Qualified)

You’ll provide vital mental health care both at sea, and on Base Ports, from Plymouth to Cyprus.

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  • £18,500 - £57,000
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Surface Fleet
  • Medical
  • Rating level

At a glance

Your job will be as varied as it is crucial to ensuring our people are mentally fit for service.You could be taking part in exercises on an Assault Ship in the Indian Ocean. Or providing treatment for serving personnel in conflict zones.
Since I finished my degree I’ve been deployed all over the world, helping some amazing people.


Mental Health Nurse, Medical Branch

Role details

What you’ll do

You could be taking part in exercises on an Assault Ship in the Indian Ocean, or providing recommendations and treatment for serving personnel in conflict zones. Your job as a Royal Navy Mental Health Nurse will be as varied as it is crucial to ensuring our people are mentally fit for service.

And there’s scope to further your qualifications too, with funding contributions from the Royal Navy to help.

Your role

  • Join at a level that reflects your nursing experience
  • Help ensure Royal Navy personnel are mentally fit for service, wherever they are in the world
  • Use your nursing skills where they’re needed most. That might be offering community care to returning personnel, or providing occupational mental health assessment, treatment and management on missions all over the world
  • Be part of world-class medical service that’s recognised far beyond the Armed Forces. You’ll need to represent the UK whatever you’re doing and wherever you are
  • Develop as a practitioner in unique environments that are always challenging and sometimes dangerous

Pay & benefits

  • Earn at least £33,000 after initial training
  • Excellent pay and promotion prospects as your career develops
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Sports and Adventurous training opportunities
  • Free medical and dental care

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • An opportunity to study further at degree or masters level, to top up your professional portfolio
  • You could gain specialist qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or addiction and substance misuse

Skills you'll develop

  • Unique mental health care, assessment, treatment and management
  • How to use your expertise wherever you are in the world, while developing your leadership and management skills


  • You must be aged 20 to 39
  • You need to be a registered Mental Health Nurse with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • You need a BSc/MSc or BA in Mental Health Nursing
  • You must be a British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen, or a Dual National. Dual Nationality restrictions do apply.
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills & Interests

  • Technical, clinical and interpersonal excellence
  • A caring and compassionate nature
  • A team player with strong independent thinking
  • Highly organised and able to remain cool under pressure
  • An adventurous spirit

Joining Process

From picking your role to starting on your first day, these are the steps you'll take to join as a rating.

Career Progression

From responsibilities to pay, find out where this role can take you.

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