You need to have current registration with the NMC as either a Nurse or a Midwife and hold a diploma in Nursing or Midwifery or have the equivalent academic credits (i.e. 240 level 5 credits). Your current NMC registration must be maintained for the duration of the programme and as part of professional registration.
If you don't have the academic credits to enter the course we would advise you apply to undertake the Portfolio for Entry to Degree qualification in the CPD Scheme. Your application essay must demonstrate ability to study at degree level as advised by the Admissions tutor.
Applicants will apply through local NHS Trusts who will sponsor you, or if you are currently employed in the Trust they may second you to study on the programme.
You must be prepared to undertake any other employment assessments as required by the employing Trust. You will also need to give the names of referees who will supply satisfactory professional and employment references; DBS checks and Occupational Health clearance will be completed as part of the employment process.
You can apply to the programme even if you are only just completing your Nursing or Midwifery initial training. However, on commencing, you must confirm you have successfully completed and passed your learning programme and confirm your registration with the NMC within 2 months of commencing.
Recruitment for this course considers not only the values of the specific profession you are wishing to join, but also the values of the wider NHS. You can expect to be shortlisted and interviewed based upon these values as well as course/profession specific requirements. More information on values can be found here.
The application process:
STEP 1: The programme is advertised on NHS Careers website and you should apply to the Kent Community Healthcare Foundation Trust or Medway Community Healthcare as the main in the first instance, as they will be employing you while you are on the programme through secondment or sponsorship depending on whether you are currently employed by them. You are advised to ensure you read their values statement as part of their advertisement as it will give you information about their expectation in recruiting applicants based on the values of the NHS.
STEP 2: You must complete the personal statement in the application form informing the Trust why you want be a Health Visitor or School Nurse, what attributes you will bring to the role; what knowledge and experience you have that would be transferable to this new role demonstrating application of the NHS values as part of your current work ethos but also how this applies to the new field of practice you are planning to enter.
STEP 3: If you are successful at this stage, the Trust managers will shortlist you and your name and details will be sent to the Programme Administrator who will send you an electronic University application form to complete and return to us.
STEP 4: The University application pack should be completed electronically. You can write a covering letter if you wish to. You will be given the title of an essay to complete and return with your application. You should type this essay and present it in academic style you are used to, with references making sure you have answered the question, numbered the pages and written your name on it. You are advised to review NMC professional values, the CNO Six C’S as well as the NHS Constitution as part of this written application to the University. Incomplete or inadequate applications will not proceed any further.
STEP 5: If you are successful at the next stage, you will be invited to an interview; we are looking for applicants to demonstrate potential, enthusiasm and commitment for this new role. The interview will consist of a group exercise where you will negotiate and discuss a key public health issue in society. You will watch a video recording based on service user needs and you will write about your thoughts and feelings on this scenario as well as those of the service users in the film clip. Finally, you will attend an individual interview and be given the opportunity to debrief these activities. Central to our interviews for this programme is the collaboration with service users who contribute in a range of ways. The questions in the individual interview are based on the values of the NHS Constitution and you are advised to prepare for the interview by accessing and reading this document prior to attending your interview.
STEP 6: The interview comprises a group exercise and individual interview; these will be conducted with representatives of the Trusts, Service Users and the Academic teaching team. We would aim to inform you on the day of interview if you are successful as well as information to support your future career and or re-application to the programme.
Links to key documents to access prior to interview