Coupled with the 7 Capabilities of Care of force health protection, pre-hospital emergency care, primary health care, deployed hospital care, MEDEVAC, Medical C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information) and medical logistics, form the cornerstone of the revised medical capability.
Medical Regiments have been re-structured to ensure sufficient Regular medical capacity to support the Reaction Force. The contribution of Reserve Medical Regiments to medical support on deployed operations has been re-defined. The Army and the RAF have invested additional medical specialists to ensure the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) capability proven on operations is embedded into future structures for medical evacuation by both ground ambulances and helicopters.
The Army Field Hospitals have been restructured to ensure that the composition of the clinical teams that have been so successful in saving lives in Afghanistan are reflected in our enduring structures. The future medical equipment programme aims to bring as much of the new medical equipment employed on operations into core as affordable. The balance between Regular and Reserve manpower in the AMS has been maintained but it is recognised that the Army needs to be more successful in recruiting Reserve AMS personnel. This will be delivered through the Partnering for Talent initiative for the Defence Medical Services within the Future Reserves 20 programme.
Overall, the Army 2020 study has not taken any risks over the quality of medical care to be delivered to Army personnel on future operations.
The Future Structure
The future Army will be made up of a Reaction Force and an Adaptable Force, supported by Force Troops.
The Reaction Force will provide a force that will undertake short notice contingency tasks and provide the Army’s conventional deterrence for Defence. For the AMS this will include a Very High Readiness Regular Medical Regiment (16 Medical Regiment) and three Regular Armoured Medical Regiments (1, 4 and 5 Armoured Medical Regiments).
The Adaptable Force will be used for a wide range of tasks, including providing headquarters and units for lengthy operations, standing commitments (e.g. Cyprus and the Falkland Islands), overseas defence engagement (working with partner nations) and UK civil engagement. For the AMS this will include two Regular Medical Regiments (2 and 3 Medical Regiments) and three Reserve Medical Regiments (225, 253 and 254 Medical Regiments).
Supporting the Reaction Force and Adaptable Force will be specialist force troops which will provide a wide range of capabilities from a centralised pool of Regular and Reserve resources. The Regular and Reserve Field Hospitals will be under the command and control of 2 Medical Brigade who will continue to force generate and support the Deployed Hospital Concept (DHC). It will also include three Military Working Dog Squadrons and ten Reserve Field Hospitals (201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 207, 208, 212, 243 and 256 Field Hospitals). It will also include support from the 1st Military Working Dog Regiment.
The AMS will continue to offer ground breaking and innovative opportunities for its professional cohort to continue their through life learning. The key message is that the primary role of the AMS is to support contingency operations. The opportunity to serve in austere and challenging overseas environments will continue to be the cornerstone of all that the AMS delivers. This will be augmented by world class professional training and the development of an array of supplementary qualifications which will put us at the forefront of medical delivery.
AMS personnel can achieve additional qualifications as part of their continued professional development pathway with numerous qualifications including:
- Post Graduate Diplomas,
- BSc and MSc in Healthcare Management
- BSc in Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care (MLHSC)
- BSc (Hons) in Defence Health Care Studies and additional courses such as Major Incident Medical Management Support and membership of the Institute of Health Care Development.