As part of the preparation for your application and interview, it is perhaps also important to know about life after registration. This will enable you to better appreciate what you are working towards, as well as understanding the status of the midwives who are teaching and supporting you.
Midwives working within the National Health Service (NHS) will fall under the NHS pay system known as Agenda for Change. This involves a standard working week of 37.5 hours and pay enhancements for out of hours, shift and overtime working. Some part-time contracts may be available, and some midwives prefer the flexibility of bank work. The latest information on pay and working environments can be found on the NHS Health Careers website.
Continuing professional development
The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) requires all midwives and nurses to undertake 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) in the three-year period after joining the register or since registration was last renewed. CPD should usually involve activities or learning experiences that build upon your skills and knowledge as a midwife. Further information about CPD requirements can be found on the NMC website.
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) i-learn resource has over 100 CPD courses that are free to members. RCM members can also access the i-folio resource which tracks CPD, career development and reflection. More information about both resources can be found on the RCM website.
RCM i-learn modules include:
- Midwifery continuity of carer: an introduction
- How to recognise maternal sepsis
- Human rights in maternity care: advocating for women
- Women in prison: birth charter for care
- Understanding asylum seekers and refugees
- Involving fathers in maternity care
Some universities also offer short CPD courses. These courses are usually delivered in a number of ways including face-to-face teaching and online learning.
Some midwives choose to work abroad after qualification. At present, midwives seeking work in another EU or EEA country will need to register with the relevant EU registration authority. Midwives who wish to work outside of the EU will need to register with the relevant licensing authority or registration board. Further information can be found on the NMC website.
Organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) offer opportunities for midwives to undertake humanitarian or development work abroad. These opportunities are often based in African and Asian countries, and typically require a minimum of 2 years’ post-qualification experience.
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