Captain S.J. Spencer QHNS QARNNS



Capt Spencer joined QARNNS in 1990 having trained and worked as a nurse at Newham General Hospital.  Early years in the service included a deployment to the Gulf for Operation GRANBY in 1991 followed by an appointment at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines.  After qualifying as a Coronary Care nurse in 1995 he served in RNH Gibraltar for 2 years.


Following his time in Gibraltar he served at MDHU Derriford for 2 years prior to 2 1/2 years as the nurse recruiter.  In 2002 he returned to the clinical environment taking charge of the Medical Assessment Unit back at MDHU Derriford.  This appointment was shortened when he was deployed on Operation TELIC in 2003 as the Head of Department for the High Dependency Unit within the Primary Casualty Receiving Facility on RFA ARGUS.


His next appointment saw him work for the Defence Medical Education and Training Agency as the lead officer for the management of the contract for placement of Defence Medical Services personnel in the NHS.


In 2005 he returned to the operational environment with a further tour in Iraq as SO2 Med Ops & Plans in the Multi-National Division South East HQ in Basra.  On return to the UK in 2006 Capt Spencer undertook a short project in recruiting before being appointed as SO2 J4 Med at Joint Force HQ, the deployable element of the Permanent Joint HQ.  In 2008 he was selected to attend the Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC), passing out in 2009 acquiring a MA in Defence Studies from Kings College along the way.


On completion of ACSC he was promoted to Commander and appointed to Surgeon General’s Dept working as the SO1 Patient Safety for the Inspector General.  Following this he took command of MDHU Derriford for 3 years.  From Derriford he deployed to International Joint Command 3* NATO HQ in Kabul, Afghanistan in Jul 13 as the Chief Med Ops and Plans.  Following this 6 month deployment he was appointed to Navy Command Headquarters (NCHQ) in Mar 2014 as the SO1 Medical Force Development and Doctrine.


On 5 Jan 15 he took up his current appointment of Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Health at NCHQ.  He was also appointed Head of the Naval Nursing Service and Queen’s Honorary Nursing Sister.


Capt Spencer lives in Wickham with his wife Margaret and Flash, an elderly and cantankerous Basset Hound.  His interests include mountain biking, cooking, walking, golf, skiing and reading.


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