Case Studies


Steve served in the Army for 37 years, joining as a soldier and his final post being Lieutenant Colonel at the Royal School of Artillery. He is now a Leadership & Management Development Manager at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.


Grace left the military in 2014 and set her sights on an NHS career. Although she initially struggled to be offered a role, since being given her initial chance, her NHS career has really taken off.


Victoria was an Officer in the Royal Engineers for 17 years before deciding to leave the Forces for an Allied Health Profession. She recently gained a degree as an Operating Department Practitioner from the University of Leicester

Supporting the NHS during the pandemic


Read stories from former Armed Forces members who have found a new role in the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Gavin served for 24 years in the Royal Logistics Corps, his last role was as a Brigade Ordnance Warrant Officer and now works as Head of Transformation at King’s Interventional Facilities Management LLP.


Essa was a corporal in the Army for ten years, being a part of different units/regiments and also had a previous role as an HR administrator. Upon leaving the Army, he pursued HR opportunities with the NHS and is now a People Advisor at Salisbury District Hospital.


Tiffany joined the regular Army in 2000. Her last role was overseeing procurement of medical equipment and information systems for Defence. She now works in the executive team at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.



David worked as an avionics aircraft technician in the RAF for 29 years before joining the NHS as a Radiology Engineer. David now uses his knowledge, skills and experience gained from the RAF to change procedures in a clinical setting at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust.


Ashley served as a trainee Electronics Technician in the British Army before leaving it in 2000. He then completed a BSc degree in Dietetics and pursued an allied health profession. Ashley is now a critical care specialist dietitian and is currently heavily involved in supporting COVID-19 patients.


David served in the Royal Marines until being medically discharged in 2012 due to a series of injuries. After completing a degree in Physiotherapy, he now works as a junior rotational physiotherapist at his local NHS trust.


Ben was a Lance Corporal in the 9/12 Lancers regiment of the British Army, leaving it in 2005. After coming into contact with Occupational Therapists, he felt the role might be right for him and it turned out to require many of the qualities he had learned in the Army.


Sean served as a Gunner with 26 Regiment Royal Artillery for 6 years, leaving  the Army in January 2014. He then decided to pursue a career as a physiotherapist.


Naomi joined the RAF as a Survival Equipment Specialist in March 2000. After signing up to Step into Health, she undertook a work placement at Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and secured an administrator position.


Palmer commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2006 and joined the Rifles on completion of his Officer training. With guidance from Step into Health, he secured a position as Assistant Director of Diagnostic and Clinical Support Services.