Student Midwife - Band 5

Contract type:
Full time
NHS band:
Band 5
Specialist areas:
General, Hospital
Start Date:
West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust
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At the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, we want to tell your story. We want to help develop your career. With us, the opportunities are endless.

We strive to deliver the highest quality and safest care for more than a quarter of a million people. We aim to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time – whether in the hospital or community settings across west Suffolk.

We deliver high-quality services in a variety of settings including people’s own homes, care homes, day centres, schools, GP surgeries and health centres, as well as the Newmarket Community Hospital inpatient unit and clinics, and our main site, the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

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Key achievements

For the last two years the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) have rated us as the top hospital in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for meeting best practice criteria for patients treated for a hip fracture.

We’re among the top 10 hospitals in the country for hip, knee and joint replacement outcomes.

Our stroke services regularly achieve high ratings in the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) scores.

We consistently achieve high early detection of cancer, and cancer survival rates in the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group area are the best in the east of England.

Student Midwife - Band 5 - Maternity

Could you help West Suffolk Hospital to deliver the best quality and safest care to our local community?

Are you an Adult Nurse who would like to become a midwife?

If the answer is ‘yes’ we would like to help you to do this through our pre-registration BSc (Hons) Midwifery (shortened) programme. We work closely with the University of Suffolk to support any application to change career and we currently have vacancies for the September 2021 cohort.

The theoretical component of the course is led by the University of Suffolk in Ipswich. Teaching will be provided via virtual classrooms and on-campus teaching and is organised into modules that are spread across the duration of the course. The practical placements will be within the Trust and the succesful candidate will be placed in various clinical locations to enable them to meet thier practice requirements. Clinical placements include a community midwifery placement, midwifery led birthing unit, labour suite, antenatal clinic, a health visitor placement and neonatal unit placements. During the placements the succesful candidate will be supported by a practice supervisor and practice assessor. The course is 24 months long and finishes at the end of August 2023.

Whilst completion of the programme does not automatically guarantee a permanent post, the Trust is keen to retain newly qualified midwives within the organisation. Please note recruitment for student midwives is also taking place at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Individual adverts are being released for each Trust. Please only apply to the Trust where you wish to be employed for your practice placements.

All successful applicants will be invited to an interview. Interviews will take place virtually. These will be hosted by the University of Suffolk in conjunction with Trust partners and will take place during the first week of June 2021 (1st, 2nd or 3rd June – exact dates and times will be confirmed with successful candidates). Applicants should allow the whole day for the interview process.

If you’re still undecided or have any further questions, please email Jo Barlow, BSc (Hons) Midwifery (shortened) Course Leader on

**In order to improve efficiency, all correspondence relating to this vacancy, including invitations to interview will be by email only, via NHS Jobs. Would you therefore please ensure you check your emails on a regular basis**

In submitting an application form, you authorise West Suffolk NHS FT to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process, should you be appointed to the post.

CAR PARKING – This post does entitle you to park onsite.

The successful candidate for this post will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure at Enhanced level.

For Band 1 and Band 2 posts, the cost of the DBS Disclosure will be met by the Trust. However, any employees at Band 1 and Band 2 who leave the Trust within six months of commencing their post will have a £10 administration fee deducted from their final salary. For posts at Band 3 and above, the cost of the Disclosure will be met by the appointed employee and deducted in instalments from their salary over a period of three months. If the employee leaves the Trust within three months of commencing their post, any outstanding payments will be deducted from their final pay.

All applicants should click on the link entitled “How will my application be processed?” prior to submitting their application form.

The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

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Contact Details:
West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust
Tel: 01284 713220
Contact: West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust

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