More than 40 NHS staff from hospitals across London tested their leadership and team working skills at the weekend as they tackled challenges set by Army Reserve medics from 256 (City of London) Field Hospital.
Held at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, Exercise Southwark Serpent put NHS staff through their paces with a series of tasks each testing different skills, and giving them a taster of what being in the Reserves involves.
The participants included clinicians, nurses, former Army doctors, anaesthetists and orthoptists - they were put into teams and challenged by tasks set out for them.
The tasks were devised by Reservists from A Detachment, 256 (City of London) Field Hospital who are based in Southwark, and the Army Recruitment Training Team.
Shooting on a Dismounted Close Combat Trainer (DCCT) indoor range simulator.
Major Olivia Egan, Officer Commanding A Company, said:
"The aim was to take these teams out of their clinical environment into the unknown, to challenge them and test their team work and leadership skills.
It's great that they have all shown determination and a can do attitude - some have even expressed an interest in signing up at 256".
What did the participants say:
Dominic Taylor, Nurse
"I wasn't sure what to expect, but I am still warm, dry, have no broken bones and haven't been shot at so I consider that a success!
I really enjoyed the command tasks and I've learnt that listening to people is a great skill which I must do more of - communication is vital".
Segundina Minas, Staff Nurse
"I've really liked everything that has been put on for us, I always wanted to be in the military and was a Platoon Leader at my school in the Philippines.
It's great to see how working within a structure, to a plan really does work.
I loved the shooting and was really good at it!"
Daniel Pakbonyan, Operating Department Technician
"I got the best score on the DCCT range that made me happy! This whole process has definitely made me think more about analytical thinking and rational problem solving".
Jehanzeb Tariq, Anaesthetist
"I was actually a Doctor in the Army in Pakistan - I'd definitely sign up! It's been great giving people an insight into unfamiliar territory".
Alessandra Cavuoto, Orthoptist
"I've learnt that I'm not very good with a weapon but I really enjoyed the scenarios where we had to risk assess the situation and decide on the best way to treat the casualties".