Workforce, training and education
East of England

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Army Reserve – Adventure! Opportunities to travel and train around your job! Gain skills and qualifications!


  • We have established a process to help GP trainees in the Army Reserve fulfil the majority of their mandatory training days without having to arrange rota swaps or ask for special leave

  • The Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals are keen to support up to 6 GP trainees as part of this programme and Kings Lynn Hospital are keen to support up to 4 GP trainees. All the organisations involved with this initiative either have, or are working towards, silver sabre status

  • The training programmes will include hospital posts that will give you experience relevant to your army work as well. Typically this would include Acute Medicine, A&E and Psychiatry/Obstetrics & Gynaecology/Paediatrics

  • These hospitals (or general practices) will guarantee your release to attend the annual 2 week camp as part of your annual study leave allowance

  • HEE, working across the East of England, have agreed to allow an exceptional further 5 working days of study leave so that you can attend a relevant army course. And the hospitals/general practices will again guarantee your release to attend this course

  • The Defence Deanery have agreed to reserve up to 4 places for Army reserve GP trainees on the annual Highlands and Islands courses which are geared towards the needs of GP trainees with a differing emphasis in each training year

  • During your general practice placements, the work you do delivering health care in army settings can count towards 20% of the overall hours you need to complete in out of hours work

  • We will look favourably on OOPE requests to accommodate deployments or other extended time periods spent on army work

  • We hope to develop this offer further in future years by setting up a Military Fellow year and looking at the posts offered in the programme

What are the benefits of joining the Reserves?
  • Paid for your time, receive a tax-free bounty and pension contributions

  • An allowance paid for annual leave

  • Service discounts including Forces Rail Card scheme

  • Opportunites to train overseas

  • Sports and adventure training

  • Training and qualifications

    All we ask from you is that you enjoy living, working and training in the East of England, that you record your learning from your Army activities on your eportfolio and that you share that learning with other GP trainees in your area.

Who do I contact for more information?

To register your interest please contact Hilary Foster at HEE EoE.

For further information on the Army Reserve please look at their website

Friday, 21 August, 2020
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