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Nursing Officer Mental Health
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Nursing Officer Mental Health

Use your nursing skills where they’re needed most on global operations all around the world.

HealthcareAdventureHumanitarian aidMedicalSciences
  • £32,000 - £103,000
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Surface Fleet
  • Medical
  • Officer level

At a glance

Lead a team in providing vital occupational mental health support to personnel all over the world and develop as a practitioner in unique environments that are a world away from civilian medicine.
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The best perk of life in the Royal Navy is the friendships you make, even as you move from place to place, there’s always someone you know.


Nursing Officer Mental Health, Medical Branch

Role details

What you’ll do

Mental Health Nursing in the Royal Navy offers a unique career unlike what you’ll find in the NHS. Our Mental Health teams are critical to maintaining the psychological health and well-being of our personnel, ensuring they are fit to deploy around the world. Routinely, you’d work in one of our Department of Community Mental Health centres in Plymouth, Portsmouth or Faslane in Scotland. As well as carrying out the initial assessments of your patients, we’ll give you extra training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, group therapy and many more to enable you to treat your patients too.

We deploy our mental health nurses around the world when required. This could be in support of the Maritime Role 3 capability on board RFA Argus, caring for clinical staff and patients alike. Or you could be part of the Waterfront Logistics Support Group; a network of specialists ready to deploy to ships and units around the world, should the need arise.

Your role

  • 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
  • Gain clinical and management experience while taking responsibility for mentoring junior nurses and medical assistants
  • Develop as a practitioner in unique environments that are always challenging and sometimes dangerous

Pay & benefits

  • A salary that rises to at least £38,700 following training at Britannia Royal Naval College
  • Potential to earn over £55,000 a year as you progress
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • 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


  • Aged 20 to 39
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • 5 grades A*-C (9-4) Including grade 6 (B) or above in English Language and Maths
  • A BSc/MSc or BA in Mental Health Nursing
  • You must be a United Kingdom national, or Commonwealth citizen, or Dual National. Dual Nationality restrictions do apply
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 20 and 30 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills & Interests

  • Technical, clinical and interpersonal excellence
  • Decisive with strong independent thinking
  • A caring and compassionate nature
  • Highly organised and able to remain cool under pressure
  • Meticulous attention to detail

Joining Process

From picking your role to the first day of training; everything you need to know about joining as an officer.

Career Progression

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