Recruitment for the midwifery programme considers values which are considered integral to the midwifery profession including being caring, able to communicate with people, as well as being respectful and compassionate. These values are also considered important in the wider NHS. During the short-listing process and the interview you will need to be able to demonstrate that you have these skills in order to be considered suitable for the programme and the midwifery profession.
More information on values can be found here.
When selecting applicants a number of factors are taken into account. These include evidence of some understanding of the role of the midwife and the challenges that this involves. This can be gained in a range of ways, for example talking to friends, relatives, midwives, and through accessing Maternity/health focused websites. It is suggested that candidates visit a local Maternity Unit or attend a Maternity open day offered by the three Kent NHS Trusts Maternity Units supporting this programme. Relevant experience can also be obtained through volunteer placements, such as those offered by Volunteering Matters. Visit volunteeringmatters.org.uk for information. However, actual experience within the maternity services is not required.
You should set aside time to complete the application form (further information can be found here) as the decision as to whether you are called for interview is based on the form. The personal statement is very important and you must say why you want to become a midwife and demonstrate your commitment to and understanding of the profession.
We take into account what your referees say about you, and it is important that you give us the names and addresses of relevant referees, for example you should not use friends or relatives. We also look at your academic background and we take into account any criminal convictions or police cautions that you might have.
The Interview Process
Applicants offered an interview will have an introductory talk. They will then be asked to take part in a group discussion, complete a written reflection, undertake both a numeracy and literacy test and have an individual interview. The interview panel consists of a member of staff and a practising midwife. The interview panel has a set of criteria by which all applicants are judged. In general they are looking for applicants who can:
- Communicate clearly in spoken and written standard English
- Convey enthusiasm about their chosen profession
- Explain why they want to become a midwife and be able to explain and give evidence that they understand what it means to be a midwife and as a result have an understanding of the role of the midwife
- Show that they have an appropriate educational background
Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, subject to satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.