The policy for service diving medicals is currently laid down in BRd 1750A. This makes it clear that all service personnel, including all categories of reservists, diving under the JSAT scheme require a service diving medical.
Difficulties in Obtaining a Medical
We’re aware that many reservists have difficulty in obtaining diving medicals through service sources. 2017 DIN01-07 (Updated Apr 18): Occupational Health and Rehabilitation for Reservists makes it clear that reservists are entitled to occupational health support (including sport diving medicals).
Reservists wishing to access service medical facilities should make contact with their regional representative using the details found on the Defence intranet at the link below
(note that you will need to copy and paste this link which only works on the Defence Intranet)
If anyone has difficulties then they should contact the Reserves team at HQ Defence Primary Healthcare on [email protected].
In order to complete a service diving medical the doctor signing off the medical requires access to primary healthcare records. This can be difficult to achieve for members of the reserves as the doctor signing off the medical is unlikely to be their normal GP.
In order to help members of the reserves gain a service diving medical the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) have stated that the following process should be used. This ensures that primary healthcare information is passed to the doctor conducting the service diving medical:
- Print off the HSE document at http://www.hse.gov.uk/diving/fact-sheet-and-medical-questionnaire.pdf
- Complete this questionnaire honestly but sensibly.
- Take it to the GP and get them to sign, date and stamp the Annex 1.
- Print out leaflet 12-03 from BR1750A and take this with the signed Annex 1 to the doctor who will conduct the service diving medical.
- Get a medical and get the BRd 1750A signed, stamped and dated.
Payment for GPs
Some medical centres will also require the GP to provide a print out of their medical history and last 5 medical consultations. The NHS in England no longer charges for medical records anymore but may take up to 30 days to provide the. Outside England, GPs may require payment and the cost of this can be recovered by the GP surgery completing a HR Form 382A (click here for a copy) and submitting it to DBS (address on form).
Optionally, individuals can pay the cost and recover it via a JPA claim. This can be done as misc claims then under the medical, dental, optician and prescription charges section.