Jo, a medical officer, talks about how Capita supports her with CPD, appraisals and revalidation

"What I really enjoy is helping the candidates who really have set their hearts on having a career in the Army."

I’m a clinician at Assessment Centre Westbury, also known as the Army Officer Selection Board.

We’re responsible for assessing candidates who wish to become Army officers. I joined the team in 2017 after my second period of maternity leave. I wanted a change and was attracted by the opportunity of a challenging career, combined with some flexibility and work-life balance. It has been everything I hoped for and more.

My biggest concern was around General Medical Council (GMC) revalidation and appraisals, but I needn’t have worried. As your employer, Capita acts as your designated body, providing you with an appraiser and supporting you through the revalidation process. There may also be the opportunity for you to train and act as an appraiser. Another benefit is that your work within Capita is covered by Capita’s professional indemnity insurance and your GMC fees will also be covered (pro-rata, depending on how much you work).

In this role, I’ve put my clinical and leadership skills to use in a completely new way. Each day brings a fresh learning opportunity with challenging cases to discuss with colleagues or Army specialists; access to senior support and guidance; and teaching sessions within Capita and in conjunction with the military teams – there’s no shortage of opportunities to keep up with your continuing professional development (CPD) and you can direct your own learning, too.

You can also hear from other members of our medical team as they discuss what their roles are really like.

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