Linking London | News | 28 March 2018: Event report - Spotlight on Nursing and Midwifery

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Spotlight on Nursing and Midwifery

On 28th March, Linking London held a sector specific event dedicated to Nursing and Midwifery. The event informed attendees about the current sector developments, trends in recruitment, nationally and at our partner HEIs, nursing degree apprenticeship plans, and discussed the impact of the removal of the NHS bursary.

After a warm welcome and interactive quiz on nursing, hosted by Andrew Jones, Deputy Director at Linking London, delegates heard from Hossam Selim, Senior Admissions Communications Officer – Marketing, Middlesex University, who provided a Middlesex perspective on recruitment and selection as well as details about their offer.

Julie Bliss, Senior Lecturer, Department of Adult Nursing, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, King’s College London, then presented to the group King's perspective. Julie informed the group what King's are looking for in applications and discussed the selection process involved. Julie also talked about finance and provided useful resources for colleagues to support their students with money options.

After a short networking break, attendees heard from Natalie Wignall, UK Recruitment Manager, Outreach & Engagement Team, from LSBU who informed the group on how to support applicants through the selection process and personal statements. Natalie also provided an interactive activity on recruitment and selection for practitioners, and shared sample entrance tests. Following this, Sheelagh Mealing, Director of Vocational Learning Developments, School of Health and Social Care, Institute of Vocational Learning, LSBU, then offered an update on nursing degree apprenticeship, including the latest details from the Nursing & Midwifery Council. Sheelagh highlighted the Skills for Health page as a good resource to track the status of all apprenticeships.

The last item on the agenda gave attendees an opportunity to comment and pose questions as part of a panel Q+A session, composed of the speakers at the event and Mandy Stevenson, Deputy Head of Department, Family Care and Mental Health, Faculty of Education and Health, University of Greenwich. Discussion included:

  • Whether there are any plans for a standardised interview process as practitioners expressed challenge of preparing so many students for a wide variety of selection processes.
  • The panel shared tips and advice for students preparing for their interviews.
  • Nursing degree apprenticeships: do students go to the employer or institution first? How will degree apprenticeships work in the wards – could be tricky between students being paid and those not.
  • The approved standards by the NMC.
  • Entry requirements.
  • Is there more ways HEIs can help colleges with advising students about higher education?
  • Unconditional offers.
  • IAG – most students don’t seem aware of the assortment of health related courses out there.


To view the presentations from the day please click here. This link will take you to the Partners' Area of the Linking London website. You must be a Linking London member to access this section of the website and you will need your login name and password. If you do not know your username and password, please email To view the Linking London Nursing guide (2017), please click here.


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