Sheffield medic swaps operating theatres for high seas

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A Sheffield man has swapped hospital operating theatres for the high seas after joining the Royal Navy.

Medical technician James Morwood, aged 29, has become the first fully qualified operating department practitioner to ever join the Royal Navy.

He joined up in September and has just completed his 10 week basic training course at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall, which all new recruits need to pass.

It culminated with an official passing out parade in front of family and friends.

James, a former All Saints Catholic School pupil and Sheffield Hallam University graduate, worked for the NHS before joining the Navy.

He is to be based with the Defence Medical Group South West at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth but could be deployed on a ship anywhere in the world at any time as part of a surgical team.

He said: “I joined the Royal Navy to improve and develop both personally and professionally, while taking the opportunities and training offered, which aren’t always available in civilian life.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of initial naval training and now feel ready and enthusiastic about putting what I have learnt to the test, out in the fleet.”

As part of his Royal Navy training, James was taught the basics of naval discipline and customs.

He also learned about navigation and was given the chance to take the helm of an inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise.

Because Royal Navy personnel can also be called upon to play a role in land-based operations, new recruits also undergo training in basic combat skills, including survival in the field.

With fitness is a key component of the training co-ordination, individual physical strength and endurance are put to the test when new recruits join.

For more information on career opportunities available in the Royal Navy visit www.royalnavy.mod.uk orcall teh recruitment line on 03456 005302.