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A UK Military nurse practitioner on Exercise SAIF SAREEA 3: the first Overseas deployment
  1. P M Royal and
  2. M B Smith
  1. 5 Armoured Medical Regiment, British Army, Catterick, UK
  1. Correspondence to Lt Col M B Smith, 5 Armoured Medical Regiment, British Army, Catterick DL9 4AS, UK; drmike17{at}


As the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps celebrates its 70th Anniversary, army nursing continues to advance patient care delivery to new levels. Advanced level nursing practice has moved from the relatively ‘calm’ confines of the NHS to the austere desert of Oman. This article will provide a personal account of the first deployment of a military nurse practitioner since it was formally introduced in 2012 to frontline medicine, leading an armoured prehospital treatment team.

  • accident & emergency medicine
  • organisation of health services
  • medical education & training
  • primary care

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  • Contributors PR: researching; PR and MS: drafting and writing of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.