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.
A midwife’s salary is paid within pay bands. Full-time work is 37.5 hours per week. Part-time and flexible contracts may be available, as some midwives opt for the flexibility of bank work. Some midwives choose to work more than the basic 37.5 hours a week through overtime or bank midwifery schemes. Work at weekends and overnight qualifies for additional allowances. Qualified midwives usually get six weeks’ holiday per year in addition to 10 bank holidays. These can be taken at any time according to individual contractual arrangements. You can find out further information on this through http://www.nhscareers.nhs
A midwifery qualification and ongoing clinical experience will open a wide range of options for you that will enable you to develop your health career in the direction that interests you most. As part of the midwifery programme, you will experience the very diverse aspects associated with childbearing and child rearing, as well as a range of health and social issues that you might not have considered previously.
You might also choose to work abroad; at present midwives who are registered in the UK are entitled to full registration in all other countries in the European Economic Area. There is also access to other centres through the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), or other reputable charities. Information about these services can be found on the following websites:
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