February 18th 2016

Reservists excel in medical training

Private Kelly McCarthy

Two Reservists have succeeded in becoming ‘top of the class’ after completing a medical-related Army Reserve training course.

Private Kelly McCarthy, aged 28, and Private Tom Chappell, aged 36, who both serve with 222 Medical Squadron in Leicester, were both awarded at the end of the two-week Combat Medical Technician Course in January this year.

Working as a Personal Trainer in her civilian life, Private McCarthy got the Best Academic Student Award on the course. She explained: “I already had an understanding of anatomy and physiology thanks to the training I have completed in my civilian career. I really enjoyed the course as I wanted to learn as much as I could about medical combat techniques and revised every evening to make sure I understood everything we have been taught in our lectures. Both of my parents were in the military so I’ve wanted to join the Reserve Forces for some time. I’ve been with 222 Medical Squadron for a year now and can’t wait to complete the next stage of my clinical training.”

Private Chappell, who works as a HGV Driver in his civilian life, was awarded a Director General Army Medical Services Coin for being Best Student on the first stage of his medical reserve trade training. He said: “After previously serving as a Regular (full-time) Royal Marine I was eager to get back into uniform alongside enjoying a civilian career.

“I joined the Army Reserve in 2014 whilst working in Maritime Security. I had completed a range of First Aid courses through my civilian career so this encouraged me to learn more about the medical side of things. I thought that by joining the Army Reserve I could complete medical training courses which could, in the future, potentially benefit my civilian career also.”

Thanks to 222 Medical Squadron, Private Chappell has been looking into how his military medical skills could help him to potentially get a job in the civilian care sector. He continued: “I was not expecting to be awarded on the course, but it was a nice surprise.  I feel I took a lot away from the course personally which has encouraged me to look into other opportunities that could come from completing an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course in the future – meaning I could potentially support paramedics in delivering emergency medical care.”

Both Private Chappell and Private McCarthy are looking forward to starting the next stage of their Army Reserve medical training.

"I’ve been with 222 Medical Squadron for a year now and can’t wait to complete the next stage of my clinical training.”