Tim joined the NHS after 36 years of service in the Armed Forces as a marine engineer officer in the Royal Navy. Tim has since started his first role in the NHS as an estates emergency preparedness resilience and response (EPRR) technical lead.

When asked what interested Tim to join the NHS, he said “the opportunity to continue serving the community and apply my technical and management expertise” was what attracted him.

Tim shared “having joined the Royal Navy straight from school, I was very uncertain of what type of employment I was going to enter. Step into Health highlighted the opportunities for engineers within the NHS”. He also shared the opportunities for career progression and development that he has undertaken – “I have been assisted in understanding the complexities of NHS England and introduced to a variety of other areas of hard facilities management, with a view to expanding into a new role when the current programme completes”.

The Armed Forces community have a desirable set of skills and characteristics that the NHS look for in candidates. Tim describes the skills he uses most in his job as; “Chartered Engineer in Systems Engineering, project and programme management, interpretation of policy, working in disparate teams, and flexibility in working practices”.

Having gone through the transition process from the Royal Navy into an NHS career, Tim shares his top three tips for others who want to do the same:

  • Estates and facilities contain most of the engineering disciplines of marine engineering, so this is an easy fit.
  • Consider where you want to be focused – local, regional, or national – then job search accordingly.
  • NHS England is a huge organisation, not solely focused on the clinical activities, so there are suitable jobs for any Armed Forces leaver.
Tim Winter in high vis


UpSolution Team