British Antarctica Survey Medical Unit

British Antarctica Survey Medical Unit  Plymouth Hospitals Trust NHS

Paid or Voluntary:

Paid: GBP 44 000

Travel, accommodation, meals, clothing and specialist equipment is provided during the deployment



Interviews usually November for May start




The British Antarctic Survey, part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is responsible for the UK’s scientific research in Antarctica. The survey’s medical unit is based in Plymouth, and Plymouth Hospital’s NHS Trust is looking to appoint four Medical Officers to work in Antarctica.


To meet their requirements you must be a fully registered medical practitioner with at least 3yrs + post qualification. If you are currently in training, some Deaneries/Specialities allow successful applicants to keep their training numbers and view BASMU time as out of programme experience (OOPE). They consider Doctors from a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience. Appointments are in the region of 23 months’ for these over-wintering posts on a research station i.e. 6 months training in Plymouth followed by a 17 month deployment. One position as ships Doctor has a deployment period of 8 months after training. The posts also entail covering the BAS ships while en route to and from the Antarctic region. The appointments will start on 1 May 2017.


Following training in the UK you will be responsible for the health care of all personnel on one of the research stations or ships, reporting to the Senior Medical Officer in Plymouth where supervision and advice is available on a 24 hours basis via telemedicine links. The complete programme of training, clinical responsibility and research is designed to enable doctors to obtain a Certificate, Diploma or Master of Science degree in Remote and Global Health Care, awarded by the Peninsula Graduate School for Antarctic deployments. They support staff undertaking the MSc dissertation option involving a dissertation that may be based on novel research. To date, returning doctors have moved back into a wide range of posts; from standard training in ED, surgery, medicine, radiology, paeds’ etc to continuing a career in remote environments.


You must be physically fit for Antarctic deployments. To be suitable, you will likely enjoy outdoor activities, have a sense of adventure and be willing to spend a long period overseas within a small community. These posts offer exciting opportunities in a fascinating area of the world which has been described at the last true wilderness. Doctors develop communication and interpersonal skills and expertise in unusual areas of medicine. Standard UK/EU work permit regulations apply.


Read previous doctors experience:


For further information contact Mr P Marquis:


Telephone: 01752 315220

Fax: 01752 315219


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