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Radiographer (Qualified)
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Radiographer (Qualified)

You’ll provide medical support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel all over the world.

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  • £34,000 - £52,000
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Surface Fleet
  • Medical
  • Rating level

At a glance

By keeping our people healthy, you keep our global missions on track, whether you’re on board our casualty ship or in an NHS hospital. Offshore, onshore, close to home, or on the other side of the world, you'll provide the diagnoses that make a difference.
Radiographer working on equipment
My continuous development and training in the Royal Navy allows me to take my Radiography skills anywhere around the world. I contribute to the provision of world class healthcare to our personnel, wherever we are operating.


Radiographer, Medical Branch

Role details

What you’ll do

Offshore, onshore, close to home, or on the other side of the world, our personnel need the best medical treatment. This can only happen if they get the best medical diagnoses, and that’ll be your job. As a Royal Navy Radiographer you’ll contribute significantly to the overall care and treatment of our casualties. You could find yourself on a Role 2 Afloat team responding to a humanitarian crisis or as part of the Commando Forward Surgical Group which provides a surgical capability for 3 Commando Brigade. You could also find yourself on our Maritime Role 3 capability on board RFA Argus responsible for the provision of Ultrasound, X-ray or CT scans to ensure our clinicians can quickly and accurately assess and treat our patients. You will be working as part of highly specialist multidisciplinary team delivering cutting edge care using the latest in medical innovations and you’ll directly contribute to the outcomes of our patients.

There will be plenty of opportunities to develop and enhance your career in line with your ambitions. When not on Operations you you’ll be based at a Joint Hospital Group South in Plymouth or The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham. Both are military units embedded into the NHS trusts where you’ll work in multi-disciplinary teams of military and NHS colleagues. You’ll develop and maintain your clinical skills and take advantage of the Post Registration training opportunities available to you.

Your role

  • Gain your qualification, and then apply and develop your clinical skills in diverse environments
  • Work within a Joint Hospital Group Unit and be deployed all over the world when needed
  • Tailor your career to your ambitions, whether that’s further professional training in ultrasound and CT scanning, or serve with more specialised forces like the Royal Marines.
  • Be part of a world-class medical service that’s respected far beyond the Armed Forces

Pay & benefits

  • A salary of over £34,000 after initial training
  • Fantastic pay and promotion prospects
  • An excellent pension scheme
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Sports and adventurous training opportunities 

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Working as part of a Multi-disciplinary Medical Team providing and managing the radiology services including CT scanning, X ray and ultrasound
  • Opportunity to gain level 6 - 7 Degree qualifications in Diagnostic Imaging and management specialisations
  • Leadership and management qualifications 

Skills you'll develop

  • How to provide a world-class diagnostic service, wherever you are in the world
  • Opportunity for further training in CT and ultrasound
  • Learn to be adaptable, flexible and disciplined



  • You must be aged 20 to 39
  • BSc or MSc in Diagnostic Radiography
  • Health and Care Professions Council Membership
  • A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth citizen or Dual National
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills & Interests

  • An ambitious medical professional
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Quick thinking and calm under pressure
  • Caring and compassionate nature
  • A team player
  • An adventurous spirit


Joining Process

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Career Progression

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