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September 5th 2016

Advanced Podiatrist wears military uniform in to work

Jane Thompson

A NHS worker from Nottinghamshire Healthcare is set to wear her military uniform in to her civilian place of work on Reserves Day this week.

Advanced Podiatrist (Diabetes) Sergeant Jane Thompson cares for patients at both Ashfield Community Hospital in Kirkby-in-Ashfield and at King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield, as well as serving as a reservist with the Army Reserve’s 212 Field Hospital in Beeston.

Communications Assistant Coral Jackson and Jane Thompson at Ashfield Community Hospital

Communications Assistant Coral Jackson and Jane Thompson at Ashfield Community Hospital

Jane, aged 53, who lives near Doncaster, has been in the Reserve Forces for 18 years, originally joining due to her love of fitness and understanding she could achieve mountaineering qualifications through what was then known as the Territorial Army.

Reserves Day is taking place on 8 September and will see reservists from across the country take part in this national event in which they will wear their military uniforms in to their civilian workplaces to demonstrate their pride in serving their country and give their work colleagues the chance to ask any questions they may have about joining the Armed Forces.

Jane said: “The Army Reserve has allowed me to meet some fantastic people, many of whom I have been friends with for nearly twenty years. I have always loved mountaineering and now teach other reservists these skills as part of team building during adventurous training weekends.”

Since joining the Army Reserve in 1998, Jane has had the chance to travel to many locations with the army including Norway, Spain, France, Colorado and Wisconsin in the USA.

Jane continued: “I took part in a training exercise in Wisconsin last year alongside soldiers and medical professionals from America. This was great experience that allowed me to learn more about the US Armed Forces equivalent to field hospitals, how they manage patients in operational situations and how they react in different medical scenarios. Reservists are just ordinary people but each has the opportunity to achieve amazing things as their learning and training develops.”

As a reservist, Jane’s role is as a Ward Master which sees her manage the pathway of the patient through the field hospital complex.

Jane explained: “There are a vast amount of training courses available through the Army Reserve that can have a positive impact on an individual’s civilian career, particularly in the field of medicine. Sometimes working in the NHS can be a very narrow working environment as we often care for patients in similar work environments, in the Army there is no end to the medical skills that can be learnt in very diverse situations.

“I have funded a master’s degree in the Theory of Podiatric Surgery using the money I have earned training with the Reserve Forces. This then linked to my NHS role in that I conducted a research project about the work of the multi-disciplinary team that I am a member of.

“In terms of my general military training, I have also developed many skills that can be transferred back in to the workplace such as improved leadership and management abilities.”

“The Army Reserve has allowed me to meet some fantastic people, many of whom I have been friends with for nearly twenty years. I have always loved mountaineering and now teach other reservists these skills as part of team building during adventurous training weekends.”