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James Robins

Reservist - Specialty Registrar

James is a specialty registrar in neurosurgery and he has worked at the Trust for one year.

He explains: “I work as a doctor and junior surgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery at Leeds General Infirmary. This involves the daily management of patients who have undergone major emergency and elective neurosurgical operations, as well as training to become a Consultant Neurosurgeon.”

“Since moving to work in Leeds I have enjoyed working with such a well-motivated team in a very busy environment. The level of care being delivered is first class and it is a privilege to train with, and be part of such a leading department and trust.”

Outside of work James is a reservist in the Army. “I am currently a Captain in the British Army Reserve having commissioned at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2015. My role within the reserves is as a medical officer where I use my civilian training as a doctor and adapt it to help provide a medical capability to a British Army Field Hospital. This role involves frequent training in military medicine, leadership, teamwork and also general military skills in order to become an effective, well-rounded officer.

The Army offers many opportunities to develop and enhance these skills through specialist military courses but also through adventure training and deployments abroad. I decided to join the Reserves in order to do something out of the ordinary, have an adventure and also develop my medical skills, not least in austere environments.”

“With the current remodeling, the British Army is becoming increasingly reliant on the Reserves to deliver its full medical capability. The roles played by Reserves in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq were crucial to the successful treatment of wounded soldiers and civilians and this is well publicised.