An introduction to studying Midwifery, Nursing and the Allied Health Professions with the University of Bradford and the University of Hertfordshire.

Event speakers

Lynne Gordon, Senior Lecturer – Radiotherapy & Oncology at the University of Hertfordshire

Natalie Finch, Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Bradford

Lindsay Hobbs, Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of Bradford

Hosted by
Jon Cheek, Founder and Director,

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays. Guidance is provided for students to help them make good choices when considering university. The guest speakers for this event are Lynne Gordon, the Senior Lecturer – Radiography & Oncology at the University of Hertfordshire, Lindsay Hobbs, a Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of Bradford and Natalie Finch, a lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Bradford.

Courses and careers in the allied health professions
Lynne speaks about the different NHS clinical careers that require degree level study. Some professions are regulated by the Health and Care professions Council (HCPC) such as diagnostic radiographer and paramedic, explains Lynne. She goes through the description of some roles and the tasks you will be required to perform.

When applying for university, admissions tutors look for specific qualities to see if the course is right for you. Lynne outlines six qualities that universities will look for and how you should incorporate these into your application, such as through your personal statement and at interviews.

The academic entry requirements for health courses will vary for each university, but it is important to bear in mind that both A-levels and GCSE’s are taken into consideration, clarifies Lynne. She highlights which additional qualifications are excellent for demonstrating your independent study skills and why it is important to research different universities before making your final decision. Lynne touches on the kind of modules you will study before ending on placement opportunities and how to prepare for interviews.

An introduction to university courses in Midwifery
Lindsay explains what it means to be a midwife – providing skilled knowledge to women and supporting them during their pregnancy and childbirth. She clarifies why this is a protected title and your responsibility to providing women with the care they need.

Being a midwife is not an easy job and Lindsay describes what the job is like and the skills required to perform your best. As well as being skilled in the role, you will need to develop specific qualities, such as being compassionate, explains Lindsay. She goes on to speak about what a midwifery degree consists of, both theoretical learning and practical work, as well as what is expected from you as an undergraduate student. Finally, Lindsay talks about the different environments you can work as a midwife and the areas you can specialise in.

Nursing as a career
Natalie describes the four different fields of nursing you can specialise in. These are adult nursing, children’s nursing, children disability nursing and mental health nursing.

She explains the age group you will be expected to provide care for and if any of the fields overlap. Nurses work in a variety of settings, wherever care is delivered. Natalie speaks about the different environments you can provide care for each of the fields and how you will be expected to interact with patients and their families.

She goes through the skills you will need to provide the best possible care such in all the fields such as teamwork and communication as well as working hard to achieve progress. Finally, she touches on the application process for nursing and the skills you need to demonstrate to admission tutors.

Event Recorded: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 15:00

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