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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Midwifery Course Opportunity for Registered Nurses 

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Registered nurses in Scotland are being offered the opportunity to apply for a Postgraduate Course in Midwifery being run by Napier University in Edinburgh that will not only see them being paid at band 5 level while training but will also have a guaranteed job in NHS Highland upon graduation. 

The course, which starts in January 2024, is open to adult nurses registered with the NMC.  

In NHS Highland, they are willing to consider applications from nurses elsewhere in Scotland who are willing to relocate to the area during the programme and for two years post qualification. 

Isla Barton, Director of Midwifery for NHS Highland, said:

“Midwifery is one of the most rewarding careers you can have.

“You can work in the community, hospital or across both settings and we also have a mix of urban or rural areas where you could be based. 

“Highland is an amazing place to live and work and there are great opportunities for you to progress your career. 

“This is an ideal opportunity if you are looking for a change in direction and a new career path.

“Feedback from students who have made this change is very positive and I would encourage anyone who is thinking about it to join one of the information sessions being held later in the month.” 

The course will be 50% theoretical and 50% practical.

It aims to prepare you for practice as an accountable and autonomous midwife with a focus on mastering the knowledge and skills required to provide safe and effective midwifery care to women and their families, the interpersonal and cultural competence required for effective and collaborative working, and developing self-capability in a midwifery leadership context, particularly in relation to quality, safety, and efficacy. 

Zoe Steven is in her second year of the course and will graduate in January 2024.

Zoe Steven.

She said:

“It’s totally different from nursing but I’ve found it to be a very positive learning environment.

“As a student you follow patients through their whole journey and the staff you work with are so knowledgeable but also open to learning new things, learning from you and also happy to go through a learning experience with you.

“I haven’t been to Edinburgh at all.

“I’ve stayed in Highland the entire time.

“It’s a post graduate course so there is a lot of independent study, so much of which is available online.

“You do also get to meet your lecturers as they will travel to you.

“The only time I’ll be in Edinburgh is when I graduate.  

“I really would encourage anyone interested in making the move from nursing to midwifery to try it.

“It’s a whole new world compared to nursing but with the skills you already have it is easy to transfer them to this new role. 

“You’re seeing some of the happiest moments in peoples’ lives doing this job; it makes your heart so full.

“I can’t recommend it enough.” 

To learn more about the course please visit the Napier website here, applications close 29 September 2023.  

If you’d like to speak to Isla about the opportunities available you can contact her on isla.barton2@nhs.scot.  

Three information sessions are also being held to tell you more about the course – dates, times and a link to join are detailed below –  

28 August 1-2 pm Click here to join the meeting 

30 August 5-6 pm Click here to join the meeting 

05 September 3-4 pm Click here to join the meeting 

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