News

April 7th 2016

Training in Jordan

Working in a traditional field hospital and meeting new people are both experiences an Army Reservist from Nottingham is looking forward to while deployed on a training exercise in the Middle East.

Corporal Mark Dempsey, aged 46, trains with 212 Field Hospital in Beeston, Nottingham, and is currently deployed in Jordan where he is set to develop medical skills while working in a completely different environment.

Mark is attending the training exercise with his parent unit 34 Field Hospital, and explained that he is hoping to pick up some new skills along the way to bring back to his civilian job as a Theatre Nurse at Nottingham City Hospital, part of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

He commented: “I saw the chance to take part in the exercise advertised and immediately knew that I wanted to give it a go. Having the chance to travel overseas and develop skills outside of the workplace is a bonus when working in the medical profession as it means you can bring specialist skills learnt on operation back into your normal place of work.”

Previously serving in the Army on a full-time basis, where he travelled to Cyprus and Germany, Mark added that this was his first overseas deployment in his three years as an Army Reservist.

He explained: “I haven’t trained in an environment like this since my time in the regular Army and am looking forward to getting back out into the field to experience field exercise conditions on offer.”

“I saw the chance to take part in the exercise advertised and immediately knew that I wanted to give it a go."