Pharmacist Officer

Army Medical Services

At a glance

  • Officer
  • Specialist
  • medical

Be our resident expert on medications. Give advice at senior levels and see that medical teams give the best healthcare to troops.

  • The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £37,425Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 17 years & 9 months to 36 years & 11 months
  • QualificationsSee qualification details

The role combines the best of community and hospital pharmacy in one.

The Royal Army Medical Corps uses a huge range of medications and medical devices. As a Pharmacist Officer, you have the medical knowledge to advise senior commanders on the use and management of medications. You can give guidance on distributing medical suppliers and pharmaceutical care in Defence Medical Group Hospital Units. What’s more, you can advise GPs in primary care and give pharmaceutical support to overseas bases. During conflict or other operations, you deploy with a field hospital where you’ll provide a dispensing and ward-based clinical service.

The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is responsible for maintaining the health of servicemen and women. The Corps is represented wherever British Soldiers are deployed, providing medical support to operations, exercises and adventurous training expeditions all over the world.

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  • Be the expert on medicines to ensure the best outcome for the patient

  • Work with all members of the Multidisciplinary Team

  • Use problem solving skills to inform decision making

  • Work alongside civilian counterparts in a rotational manner to develop clinical skills, knowledge and experience

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 17 years & 9 months to 36 years & 11 months

  • Qualifications:

    QUALIFIED: Accredited degree in pharmacy (MPharm, BPharm, BSc) and a registered member of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 5.8

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
Having successfully completed the Army Officer Selection process and Army Pharmacist interview, you'll be awarded a place on the Commissioning Course Short at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. You are taught basic military, survival and weapon-handling skills, which prepares you for Army life. On completion of the course you are awarded a commission into the Army Medical Services.

Step 2
You attend the Army Medical Services Entry Officers' Course, which provides you with the specific knowledge required to begin your career as an Army Pharmacist.

Qualifications you could get after training

All Pharmacists can gain postgraduate qualifications throughout their career, such as a diploma in clinical pharmacy and non-medical prescribing. You may also have the opportunity to study at MSc level.

Pay & benefits

Minimum salary of £37,425

Student bursary (up to £51,000):

Open to candidates who will graduate with an Army endorsed pharmacy degree and intend to join the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Pharmacist for at least 4 years.

Paid in annual instalments of £5,000 during your final three years of university then a lump sum of £36,000 on successful completion of Officer training

You may also be paid a lump sum of £5,000 during one year of professional development

For those studying towards a pharmacy degree at a UK university. Apply while you are still at university, before the end of January. You should apply not later than your first year to qualify for the full amount; the Army reserves the right to award bursaries of 1, 2 or 3 years. You must pass the Army Officer Selection Board for professionally qualified officers and the Arm Selection Board for Royal Army Medical Corps to qualify. You must also start initial Officer training at Sandhurst before your 37th birthday.

How to Apply

If you've got your qualifications, then apply online. Your application will be passed to our specialist team, who will help guide you through the process towards joining in this role. You'll need to pass a specialist skills interview to check that your skills are in line with our needs.

More about the joining process

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