Student Health Visitor Interview!!

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chewie29 Mon 16-Apr-12 14:56:16

Hi all.
I am currently a staff nurse on maternity leave and I have been very lucky, I have managed to get an interview for a Student Health Visitor Post tomorrow. Has anyone any advice they can give me for the actual interview? I am stressing as it is something I have wanted to do for a long time! I have send by little man over to his nans this afternoon so I can concentrate, I have just been getting more stressed as the day goes on. I have been preparing for the interview for some time but I'm worried my nerves will ruin it for me! Any advice or tips would be great. Thank you.

you Tue 17-Apr-12 09:40:50

No idea but good luck! And will you come back and tell me how you got on please as I've just applied for the same post and am hoping I get to interview, have no idea the kind of thing they're likely to ask!

Woofsaidtheladybird Tue 17-Apr-12 21:03:35

Oooh let us know how it goes! I'm a nurse, also on mat leave, and am thinking of doing the same thing! Not sure about doing a full time uni course fur a year tho, being paid a mid band 5 - am currently top band 7.....

you Wed 18-Apr-12 09:10:47

I'm on mat leave too smile Do either of you know if I got the post if I would be able to delay it till sept 2013 as my mat leave shouldn't finish till early next year, or by applying am I committing myself to starting this year?

Woofsaidtheladybird Wed 18-Apr-12 11:39:59

You - it wouldn't hurt to ask if you can defer a year. I'm due to go back end of August part time - if I don't go back I have to pay back my mat pay. I think this is NHS based rather than Trust based - so if I got an nhs salary elsewhere it should be ok..... I think??

you Wed 18-Apr-12 14:20:26

Yes that's right, I was in that position with DD1 and didn't have to repay anything smile

Apparently I wouldn't be entitled to mat leave as such but I'm trying to get through to them ATM to ask about either deferring or studying part time smile

Woofsaidtheladybird Thu 19-Apr-12 08:17:11

Chewie - how did it go? Ok I hope! smile

HVApplicant Wed 25-Apr-12 09:18:19

How did it go Chewie?

loftyjen Thu 26-Apr-12 19:15:47

I'm marking my place as v interested in this - does anyone know how the course is formatted as I'd like to do this but am also beginning to think about having DC2 and stressing a bit thinking about childcare/finances (more on childcare with less income) and a child that doesn't even exist yet! Hoping I don't end up missing the boat as this is only standard family friendly hours nursing career I think I can do.

mosschops30 Thu 26-Apr-12 19:26:34

Gutted i didnt see this earlier. I have just started my HV training this week smile how did you get on?

lofty i think courses vary but you can do ours full or part time (37.5 or 18.5 per week)
On full time you do a five day week, some days practice, some days in uni and it varies a lot. The part timers are doing tues and weds this year, then 3 days a week next year.
You get paid your salary whilst training (so if youre a band 7 you get paid band 7).
There are 4 assignments, 2 exams plus a 4 hour prescribing exam. Lots of portfolio work too, each module requires a further 500 word or so written piece.

Anything else please ask smile

chewie29 Mon 30-Apr-12 15:25:15

Sorry for a late reply, I didn't think anyone had posted, I had a shock when I checked today.
I had the interview 2 weeks ago and have not heard anything back even though they said they would contact me at the end of last week. The interview wasn't too bad, although they were not the kind of questions I had prepared for. They asked questions about how to deal with conflict and asked about health promotion, current government initiatives, how I would cope with the course, things like that. They also showed a DVD and there were questions about that afterwards. I very much doubt I have got it as they have taken so long to contact me, just waiting for a letter to say 'sorry, not this time'.
I found out from an inside source that they were interviewing 90 for 30 places. I also applied to another trust but didn't get an interview, they had 400 applicants for 11 places!!
It is a shame I've not got the student post as I have a conditional offer for the university to do the post graduate diploma route.
I will try again later in the year, hopefully it will be my time then.

lovechoc Mon 30-Apr-12 15:42:23

There's still time to hear from them yet, chewie smile I am considering doing this course part time as I cannot see myself returning to nursing doing shift work again...I wouldn't be able to cope with full time hours either, so it seems part time would be my only option if I do go down the nursing route again (let my registration lapse in 2008 and had a career break since then).

Good luck with whatever happens - if there's a will there's a way!

chewie29 Tue 01-May-12 16:11:56

I had an email today saying that I didn't get the post, as I thought. Ahh well, there is always next time.

lovechoc Tue 01-May-12 18:53:34

Sorry to hear this, but there are always other could always take a staff nurse post attached to the health visiting team. Next best thing, but without the same level of responsibility as a HV. Would give you a feel for whether you'd like to end up working as a HV.

tomvie Tue 01-May-12 19:10:55

Sorry to hear that you didn't get a place. Keep trying though because lots of NHS trusts are offering sponsorship until 2015. I have got a place to start in September at Hertfordshire Uni which I am led to believe is 2 days at Uni and 2 days on placement with 1 days self study. Is there anyone that is on the course there this year that can give me more info on the timetable e.g what time the uni days start, what date the course starts and what books we need to buy.

TheLoveOfFood Tue 01-May-12 22:30:03

Just sat the numeracy and literacy test today. Will get an email on the 10th May to hear if I make it through to the final round interview.

What topics were you asked at interviews mosschops and tomvie? Planning on trying to ask a couple of health visitors (in different NHS trusts) if I can shadow them for half a day or so.

On my reading list are; Working Together To Safeguard Children, Laming Report 2009, Healthy Child Programme 2009, and A Call To Action 2009.

Anyone else recommend anything else?

tomvie Wed 02-May-12 14:48:49

I would recommend the HV implementation plan 2011 (what it is, what it means) Also research papers on HV ( eg Field, Allen, Tickle and Monroe). Every Child Matters 2010 and recent NHS reforms and what this may mean for HV. I could go on and on!! I read loads but not all came up in interview but it did mean I had a good understanding of what it all implies for HV. Shadowing is a good idea as they did ask me that at interview. The usual questions came up about what you can offer, why HV etc and about the HV plan. Good Luck.

darkandlovely Thu 10-May-12 13:38:34

I sat the literacy and numeracy on the 24th of April, waiting to hear the outcome has anyone heard anything yet?

TheLoveOfFood Thu 17-May-12 21:29:03

Got an email today, offering an interview on Wed.

They recommend reading the following:

The report of the Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances. Frank Field, December 2010

Fair Society Healthy Lives, The Marmot Review. Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post-2010

The Health Visitor Implementation Plan

HVApplicant Fri 18-May-12 09:13:57

What to wear to the interview? Thinking of clothes that would be worn on the job. Smart casual, wide leg trousers and wool knit polo neck.

sophsk Fri 25-May-12 13:03:01

Thinking of applying too! How did your interview go TheLoveOfFood? What sort of questions did they ask you? I too am in the London area, so would be applying via London Deanery! Hope it all went well for you and anyone else who has had an interview smile

chewie29 Sun 03-Jun-12 09:01:04

Just thought I would give you all an update. I have been offered a job as a community staff nurse working for the health visitors. It is just a temporary role but they have said they will offer me an interview for the health visiting course next time around and they will help me to prepare. They obviously can't guarantee that I will get a place on the course but they will do everything possible to help me.
This all came from the interview I went for, mentioned in my previous posts. They said that I was very close to being accepted and they are offering me and a few others this opportunity.

darkandlovely Thu 07-Jun-12 23:56:56

@theloveoffood glad to hear that you are through to the interview stage I wasnt that fortunate, ope you did manage it well. Pls give us some fedback for the future thanks.

TheLoveOfFood Mon 11-Jun-12 17:27:41

"London Deanery are pleased to announce that an additional round of recruitment for Student Health Visiting for a September 2012 start will open on 1 June 2012."

New round of London recruitment link here

I'm not optimistic. I'm a good candidate on paper, but came across badly at interview. I did all the reading and research, but waffled at the interview. Was not dynamic, or decisive. With hindsight, I should of as they advise on their website practiced and had a bullet points on cue cards for the interview.

Q's & Topics that came up at interview:

What can you bring to Health Visiting as a profession?
Scenario about find a small child with a bruise on their arm. What would you do? (Safeguarding).
Give an example of outstanding/innovative practice in your clinical area.
Give an example of a conflict situation in your workplace and how you handled it.
Thinking about recent government policies. Give an example of how this could/will impact on Health Visiting.
How will you manage the course, both academic and clinical?

Re: Literacy & Numeracy test. I sat on the BBC GCSE revision sites for about two weeks, polishing up my basic skills.

Good-luck everyone.

TheLoveOfFood Mon 11-Jun-12 17:30:32

Well done Chewie!

bubblesr Tue 12-Jun-12 17:42:44

Sounds like I had the exact same interview as TheLoveOfFood.

I had my interview on Friday which went pretty terribly my nerves completely got the better of me!

Am pretty convinced that there is no way that I got in, but I was wondering if they would let me have another bash at it, if I reapplied in the new round of applications. Like you I am quite a strong candidate on paper and it is something that I have always aspired to be. I really want to be a HV!

TheFoodOfLove Fri 15-Jun-12 19:40:11

In complete shock. Got offered a place! wine

TheFoodOfLove Wed 20-Jun-12 11:01:38
lovechoc Sun 24-Jun-12 07:26:38

Well done chewie working as a staff nurse attached to the HV team is the way to go about it - that way your practical skills will be seen on the team and you're more or less guaranteed to get a post as a HV later on smile

darkandlovely Mon 25-Jun-12 23:16:08

The food of love i'm really happy that you got thorugh. Thumbs up, I actually reapplied and was chosen to attend the assessment centre soon. I endeavour to make the best posible use of this second chance. Can you remember the topic and which journal the article for the comprehension was from pls.

darkandlovely Wed 27-Jun-12 12:57:33

Please has anyone else reapplied for the HV course i ave been given a second chance and quite anxious, wondering if it would be the same papers for the assessments @bubbler did you reapply?

then Wed 04-Jul-12 09:29:39

Hello there,
I need an idea of what to expect for literacy test to access health visiting programme please. Am a bit worried!
Thanks in advance

tomvie Wed 04-Jul-12 14:46:00

I think it depends on which area you are applying but mine was a short paragraph a patient had written about dying. We had to answer about 4 questions with each answer being no more than 150 words. The numeracy was % drug questions and fractions. Good luck

then Wed 04-Jul-12 19:57:52

thank you

Ro5ie Fri 06-Jul-12 21:20:59

Hi guys, good luck with the interviews. I had my interview in May and was shocked to get a place as I had heard how competitive it was to gain a place, however, I still haven't heard where I will be placed or where I will be studying - has anyone else been told their placements details yet? Slightly panicking as I need to give notice in my job but am obviously reluctant to do so until its all finalised.

tomvie Sat 07-Jul-12 16:07:17

No details from my trust or uni yet. Desperately need to know soon to get childcare organised. Obviously don't want to book afterschool club/ childminder when it isn't needed. Hopefully will hear soon.

then Tue 10-Jul-12 20:38:35

Hello there, has anyone heard from Greenwich university/ Kent Community NHS Trust for Health visiting written test yet?

jemamusela Fri 31-Aug-12 17:00:25

hi Then
did you get thru to Greenwich and Kent? i have applied for January i am waiting for interviews or short listing. i guess you are a Sept intake! huh?
let me know how its going

chubbasmum Sat 22-Sep-12 22:20:37

OMG im in the same boat only just submitted my applications by reading all your posts im abit nervous i thought the application assignment was bad enough my deadline was only friday. Good luck to you all

Missindependent1 Tue 06-Nov-12 23:45:24

I am due an interview and part of it is to do a 5min verbal presentation on the role of a HV. Do you think i should mention sorces or just talk about the role in general or I should show that I am aware of the documents that have lead to those roles

tessie12 Mon 12-Nov-12 12:59:49

Just over 2 weeks ago i put my application in for student health visiting with somerset partnership.Is there anybody else out there that has done the same ?If so have you heard anything .

highlyfavoured Mon 19-Nov-12 17:46:04

I am gutted applied for HV course Derby but has not been short listed. I hav heard that its more competitive in derby n Nottingham than anywer else. I really need help on how to write an X-factor personal statement. Those guys who have made it can you please help me on what I need to include in my statement as I wil be applying again for the Sept intakes. Thanks in advance.

MrsJamesMartin Mon 19-Nov-12 22:16:22

highlyfavoured, I have sent you a private message.

zigmaz Tue 20-Nov-12 21:24:17

Hello There
I have secured a place on the Health visitor course with NHS Kent community trust . I live in Beckenham and I was wondering if anyone can tell me what the traffic is like in the mornings on the A20 going towards Swanley ( away from London)

tomvie Sat 24-Nov-12 22:35:32

I am a currently student health visitor. There are going to be some roadshows by the RCN about HV and are really worth going on to network and get good ideas for you application form. See the RCN website. For those doing interviews/ presentations soon they will want to see that you have read things related to HV in particular the HV implementation plan, the healthy child programme, healthy lives healthy people(UKDH) and what these mean for HV generally. We have a wide variety of nurses from all backgrounds on the course. Try to mention anout being able to work autonomously and as part of a team. If/ How you have worked with children including safeguarding or what you know about it. give me a shout if you need any further info. It is an extremely intensive course so be prepared to give your life to it for a year !!

batteryhen Wed 28-Nov-12 20:32:27

Hello smile I am currently on Mat leave, and am thinking about training as a HV. I am a practice nurse specialising in Family planning and sexual health but I really am keen on taking a career change. One issue I am concerned about is child care. DS is 4 months, and originally DP and I decided that I would only go back to work part time as we couldn't afford full time child care costs.

What sort of wage do student HV's get and does anyone know of any help you can get with child care at all?

My area is recruiting right now and I am quite excited about it!

tomvie Fri 14-Dec-12 20:17:54

You will be seconded from a local Trust and they pay the fees for the Uni course and also a Band 5 wage. usually mid point band 5. Not sure about help with childcare though. The universities do usually have a nursery but unsure about the cost of that.

Bookz Mon 07-Jan-13 23:42:27

Happy new year to you all, hope 2013 has met you all well

I am new to this but have seen how much help and support you have all given each other with regards to the application and interview for the health visiting course, i am a student midwife in my final year and have always wanted to become a health visitor. I just wondered to those who were short-listed especially in London what you all wrote in your personal statement, just so i know that i am along the right lines. Any assistance would be much appreciated and i have done loads of research and study as well. I guess i just want reassurance of what they are looking for

Thanks in advance

Hannah1106 Tue 08-Jan-13 14:59:59

Hi, i am in the same boat as Bookz, currently third year adult nurse and wanting to pursue health visiting when I qualify. I have been told by uni staff that jobs come available around February so need to get my butt into gear and start my personal statement. I haven't a clue where to start or what to include. I don't have children so will this be a dis advance? Any help or advice with applications would be massively appreciated.

Hannah xx

Benjade Thu 10-Jan-13 18:45:16

Hi new to this but I've just attended The student health visitor interview at Nottingham, I read every document relating to children and not a single question was asked! It was all about management stratergies in my own practice, there were 30 applicants for 3 posts! The interview panel were fantastic and made the experience worthwhile, don't focus on all the policies relating to H.V out there as I did. It's a training course so this is something which will come with time. Think about your own experiences and your every day to day nursing! Good luck

PepsiJemima Fri 11-Jan-13 12:39:03

This thread has been very helpful to me, (have my interview on 24th Jan 13, so thank you to all that have posted. I can't be much help yet until after my interview, but to all those that are asking what to put in their personal statement for application, i put in A-about me, my qualifications and experience (keep it brief) and B- What i thought the role of the health visitor was about, i.e. child protection, health promotion for ALL the family, supporting disadvantaged families etc, and then i put how i could transfer my nursing skills to HV, i.e, communication skills, organization, team work etc. I only wrote 1 A4 page, don't waffle too much. Hope this helps anyone applying, got me to interview stage anyway. Good luck and i'll post interview tips soon x

xmaddogx Tue 15-Jan-13 20:13:03

Hi guys,

I too had an interview today and i think i have messed it up, i was so nervous i let the nerves get the better of me. I spent 4 weeks revising poicies and no questions involved anything like tht, so i was caught off guard. I feel so silly, im stewing over everything i said and cringing! Theres still a part of me praying to get through but im not confident. The interviewers at UCLAN were so lovley though and made their best efforts to help us all. I wish i could beat the nerves!!!

Pirates Sun 20-Jan-13 20:36:49

I am having my interview on Wednesday. I have found this thread very helpful and would like to thank everyone who has contributed. Wanted to ask xmaddogx what you were asked. I really hope you get the place.

xmaddogx Tue 22-Jan-13 10:34:55

Hi Pirates

Im still waiting to hear, keeping my fingers crossed and praying for a miracle lol. I was asked: What skills and experience i have i could bring to health visiting. What is the health visitors role in relation to safeguarding? How will i cope with the demands of the course? Tell me about a time you workplace went through the change process? Fairly easy compared to others ive heard at different universities. Good luck with your interview, let us know how you get on xx

jingles13 Tue 22-Jan-13 19:47:17

Hi everyone
I have had an email today to say I have been selected for an interview at an assessment center. Could anyone please tell me what this might involve.
The email says I don't have to prepare anything, very nervous.

RudolphLovesoftplay Tue 22-Jan-13 19:57:12

I have an interview soon and am bricking itsmile

I want this so badly but don't have the first clue what to revise, has anyone got any advice?

Thanks x

Pirates Wed 23-Jan-13 16:57:40

Thank you xmaddogx. I don't know if I did well, I have just come from my interview today.I will tell you when my results come ,that will be end of March. I really pray you get the place because you really helped me. RudolphLovesoftplay read about the implementation plan, Know why you want to be a health visitor, Your strengths, conflict resolution, leadership styles. Read through the messages on this page they have extra guidance.

Smartypants123 Wed 23-Jan-13 22:16:28

Does anyone know when the Student Health Visitor posts for Staffordshire are due to be advertised. I am currently working in Occupational Health and have Specialist Practitioner in this but really want to train as a Health Visitor.

fakeblondie Thu 24-Jan-13 14:30:41

I have my interview next week !
Im currently a community midwife so although i know i have a lot of transferrable skills i am TERRIBLE at interview. Mouth goes dry lips tremble ect !
Im about to start the reading and sorting my portfolio which presently consists of 10 years worth of every certificate etc just stuffed in in no order - thats a 2 day job in itself.
Smartypants i think they already shortlisted for Staffs but will be advertising again soon.
Right off to do my portfolio and then i`m going to write out lots of little cards with the key points on. I do have one question -can you actually take your key point cards into interview with you and refer if your mind goes blank ? Is it acceptable. i dont think id feel comfortable doing this but saw something on here and thought i`d ask .

Smartypants123 Thu 24-Jan-13 20:49:44

Fakeblondie , good ! Hope it goes ok. Any interview tips,,questions would be good.

xmaddogx Mon 28-Jan-13 21:16:03

Hi all, thanks pirates for the praying I think it worked because I got offers a place I'm so happy words cannot describe! I'm going to give this my absolute all!!! I really hope u get in, let us know how you do Hun. Xxx

kitcat15 Tue 29-Jan-13 19:36:45

well done xmaddodx!! i went to uclan interviews but havent eard so probably not been sucessful like you; did they phone you??

Pirates Tue 29-Jan-13 20:30:34

xmaddogx congratulations. I am happy for you. We were told that we will get our results for the interview end of March. All the best in your studies, show them you can do it.

xmaddogx Wed 30-Jan-13 07:38:09

Hi kit Kat I wouldn't rule yourself out . I actually rang up the hr department and they said anyone who has got in will get a phone call and anyone who hasn't will get a letter. she said the phone calls will prob take a week because the person making them is very busy with other work . they were still unclear about the amount of funding for places. I got the phone call Monday but she did say give it a week from 28/01/2013. Give the hr department a ring at lancashire care nhs. I hope you get in Hun, we were prob there at the same time! I know they did two days of interviews so it will prob take s while. Fingers crossed! Xx

queenhavilah Wed 30-Jan-13 23:04:25


queenhavilah Wed 30-Jan-13 23:17:22

Hi all, i'm on mat leave and been wanting to apply for student health visiting course since last year. I feel that now is the right time, currently i'm working on my personal statement for application to be submitted between the 1st and 22nd of Feb, on the personal statements they're 8 sub topics to write about each with different word count between 150-200 words. One of them is to choose a policy in regards to H/V and Health Sch Nurse. Can i please have advice on the best policy to write about. Thank you xxx

ljgreg Thu 31-Jan-13 16:20:53


I too have been offered a place at UCLAN in september, I was wondering if you have had your letter of confirmation through yet? I want to tell people at work, but I'm reluctant until the confirmation letter arrives.


xmaddogx Sat 02-Feb-13 15:10:46

HI ljgreg

No no confirmation letter yet! The lady who called said it may be a while but not to worry about it. So not expecting it at the moment. I have told work I have a place as I know they will be requesting references pretty soon. I'm do excited to start as I bet you are. I don't know when we will have the numeracy test tho? The hr lady said once references are done we will receive an application pack to apply to the uni but this is just a formality! Well done Hun ill prob see you in September lol x

xmaddogx Sat 02-Feb-13 15:16:10


I think the health visitor implementation plan or the healthy lives healthy people public health policy. The NSF for children , young people and maternity services is also a key policy as it has the 11 standards tht most policies are based around. You could also link this into the every child matters, a vision for change.

Sorry couldn't pick one but there's a few ideas, good luck Hun xx

tomvie Sat 02-Feb-13 19:09:17

Best wishes to you all.I am halfway through the course and really enjoying it but it is hard work and very intensive study. We do lots of stuff on the health visitor implementation plan which is underpinned by the Healthy Child Programme. Also Healthy Lives, Healthy People. I wouldn't get too bogged down in other policies for the interview but do try to read things like Field, Allen, Tickell and Munroe who all wrote on child poverty. If you are writing about a policy my advice is to say what it is, why it was implemented, is it effective, who will it benefit. Look at sites such as CPHVA, Department of Health. Think about what you can offer, why you want to do it, experience you can bring. It doesn't matter if you have children or not and we also have newly qualified nurses and midwives on our course.

Gardenerschoice Mon 04-Feb-13 13:38:30

Hi, very excited but nervous, I have just been given my first interview at the assessment centre at Surrey university, does anyone know as to what I may expect. If I pass this I will be invited for a second interview with the trust and uni.

Lianalatti Mon 04-Feb-13 21:43:11

Please Advice
Hi, I am currently in my 3rd year of mental health nursing training, I will qualify in September and want to apply for HV training. However, I cant find an answer: after training as a health visitor can I do bank shifts on a psychiatric wards without doing a preceptorship as a mental health nurse? Or what if I decide to go back to mental health nursing, how does it work out with preceptorship? very confusing :/ appreciate any answers

amyjohannak1969 Tue 05-Feb-13 21:54:16

Hi all,

I have my HV assessment tomorrow ! I was given the interview at very short notice & have only just completed my nurse training so this thread has been invaluable to me to prepare.

Hats34 Fri 08-Feb-13 18:32:42

I have an interview next week, I'm very pleased but incredibly nervous! Have to give a ten minute presentation, question is "What are the challenges for delivering a modern health visiting service in the new nhs?" I have looked at all the mentioned documents/policies but really appreciate any suggestions regarding ' the challenges.' Thank you

tomvie Fri 08-Feb-13 20:36:46

good luck with the presentation. maybe you could break it down into sections for example economic challenges - funding problems, staffing issues, current government spending on HV but how long will this last if David Cameron doesn't get re elected. Personal challenges - keeping updated when understaffed, feeling valued or not, low morale, increasing workloads. Also this year will see the redistribution of funding from PCT to GP and do GP's really understand what a HV does so it is up to the HV to 'sell' services and make people see what a valued service we are. Just a few ideas. Hope this helps.

MellieJB Sat 09-Feb-13 18:12:24

I would look up 'Compassion in Practice' vision and strategy, the part particularly relating to Health Visiting/ School Nursing as this is very current (December 2012), The NHS Constitution for England, HV Implementation Plan, Healthy Lives, Brighter Futures and Healthy Child Programme.

Possible interview questions may include:

Why you want to be a HV.
Describe the role of an HV.
What challenges face the HV profession.
How you will cope with demands of the course.
How you cope with stress.
What makes effective teamwork.
What your strengths and weaknesses are.
What Clinical Governance is.

mumsykinns Mon 11-Feb-13 10:08:32

Hi Gardenerschoice I am awaiting assessment at Surrey University too so would be really interested to hear how you get on? Wishing you the best of luck. This thread has been so helpful.

Flexxy13 Mon 11-Feb-13 20:11:28

Hi, am currently on maternity leave and just got invited to student health visitor post with NHS Essex in few weeks time, could you please advice on any kind of question as am really nervous and don't want to miss this opportunity. Thanks.

tomvie Mon 11-Feb-13 21:12:39

This thread has lots of helpful tips about interview questions. Read around what is happening in HV at the moment. There are several HV sites including CPHVA which have good articles. At the interview try to be yourself, friendly and chatty. They are ultimately trying to see who you are as a person and if you will make a suitable HV. They will not expect you to know everything about HV but will expect you have read around what is happening in HV at the moment and also as above MellieJB. Good luck.

Flexxy13 Tue 12-Feb-13 10:22:09

Thanks for your advice tomvie.

70chez Thu 14-Feb-13 15:43:39

Hats34, My interview is in two weeks and I also have a presentation to do, but besides the presentation can you tell me what questions they asked at interview? Also did you have a group discussion with the other applicants and what questions did that consist of? This would be a great help as I have limited experience of formal interviews.

70chez Thu 14-Feb-13 16:15:50

I also meant to say thank you to all for your helpful information, and good luck to those waiting to hear.

Hi, finding this thread so helpful. I did the hv course in Scotland from sept 2011 - sept 2012 straight off the back of mat leave. The course was to be truthful the worst year of my life and I wasn't fortunate to get one of the three posts available when i qualified. I then went back to my post in camhs and well 17 months later I've finally plucked up the courage to apply for a hv post and have my interview on Wednesday!! I am terrified as feel I've forget everything I learned on the course and have been working in a different field for the past 17 months. Wishing everyone good luck with getting on the course smile

Gardenerschoice Mon 18-Feb-13 18:53:47

Hi mumsykinns, how did you get on, I've been offered another interview, now really nervous as I'm not good at them. Really don't know what they might ask. Interviews with central Surrey community health.

Annemarie24 Mon 18-Feb-13 19:11:45

Hi everybody, I am a third year student nurse ready to apply for the HV course. Just wondered if anyone would be able to have a look at my PS before I submit? Thank you x x x x

motheroftwinsboys Wed 20-Feb-13 11:46:04

Hi I am interested in applying for a HV post within the Yorkshire and Humber region. I am in my final year mental health nursing. Just wanted to find out if anybody has been to their interviews and what to put in my personal statement.

mumsykinns Fri 22-Feb-13 14:57:26

Hey Gardenerschoice! Not been on here for a while I haven't had it yet, it's in early March. Bit perturbed at thought of "group interview" not really sure what that will entail, have you had yours yet? I'm nervous but so excited I really want to do this! Thanks all for the advice! Good luck Gardeners choice when is your date if you haven't had it yet? Any tips to pass on if you have? xxxx

mumsykinns Fri 22-Feb-13 14:59:59

Gardenerschoice, do you mean you have had the assessment day and have been invited back for the interview? In which case WELL DONE I haven't had either as yet my assessment day is 13 March! xx

Gardenerschoice Fri 22-Feb-13 15:47:32

To mumsykinns, thank you, just panicing about the next interview,all assessors were very nice,short talk on course ect then had to discuss (as a group) a presentation excersise, this was followed by a short interview, role of HV, why I wanted to to be HV, managing the course. Advice relax and good luck, which area are you applying for ?

chewie29 Fri 22-Feb-13 19:58:49

Hi all, I thought I would give you an update as i started this thread last year. I have been working as a community staff nurse with the health visitors since September in a brilliant team. I had my interview for the student health visitor post last week and I GOT IT!! I'm on the course for September. I am so excited, I have wanted this for such a long time. Anyone who wants it, keep going, it paid off for me. Xx

Hats34 Fri 22-Feb-13 21:40:39

I'm so pleased, I had my interview last Friday and have just found out that I got in!! Thank you for everyone on the thread for your tips, they were invaluable! xx

chewie29 Sat 23-Feb-13 10:35:43

Thank you. I had a scenario about a couple who attend baby clinic with their little one and mom seems withdrawn, what would you do? I went down two routes of possible postnatal depression and possible domestic violence. They want to know who you would contact for example domestic violence forums, specialist DV health visitors and to ask whooley questions. Always mention Nmc code of conduct and record keeping, sounds obvious but so important to mention.
I also had questions about leadership, organisational skills and working as part of a multidisciplinary team. X

rlzcd Sat 23-Feb-13 19:11:18

What challenges to you see faced by health visitors

MrsLWestie Sun 24-Feb-13 15:28:22

This post has some amazing advice, am printing it off and high lighting loads - work schmerk today!!

mumsykinns Mon 25-Feb-13 12:41:10

Hi all and Gardenerschoice thanks for the info! When is your second interview? Was the group discussion nerve racking what was the presentation exercise? Do you mean a scenario? Thanks for the tips about the one to one do i gather it was as brief as that, I guess will be more in depth at the second one? So I'm guessing it was mostly a see what your personality is like more than anything else at this first stage? Well done Hats and Chewie! xx

Roco76 Wed 27-Feb-13 11:35:46

Hi everybody exited to join u ! I am a mom and a student nurse in my final year .I use to read your post every day and I found it very useful smile))).
I applied for the HV course and I was short listed for two interviews .
One is tomorrow and I am so terrified ......I have to do a ten min presentation " challenges to deliver health visiting service in the new NHS"
I done the presentation but I was wondering if there is anyone who could give me some advice ? I so a similar subject in discussion on an earlier post by Hats 34 .How did went your presentation Hats34 ? Did u had your interview ?

mumsykinns Wed 27-Feb-13 19:12:31

Good luck Roco! Let us know how it went.

ladycelestial Wed 27-Feb-13 19:55:53

Hi everyone. I'm a health visitor/practice teacher and I've been on the interview panel for student health visitor recruitment. Tips I would give you for your interview:

1. Dress as smartly as you possibly can (no cardigans lol).
2. Be early so you can sit and wait and gather your thoughts.
3. Be very enthusiastic about health visiting - health visiting is just the best job in the whole world and the interview panel need to know that you think that.
4. Don't gabble your answers. Take a deep breath and speak up.
5. It's fine if you need to ask for clarification of the question.
6. Smile and be happy (you'll feel nervous, but you'll come across well if you project yourself.
7. Do a presentation that is lively and interesting. Don't read any of it and if you use power point, don't read what's on there. Use it as a way of enhancing what you are saying.
8. Practice your presentation over and over again. Don't go over your time limit.
9. Get friends, colleagues and family to listen to you present.
10. Worth repeating, be enthusiastic +++

We asked questions that would elicit whether someone is judgemental. We asked about working as a team. We asked for an example of innovative practice in your professional working life. We always asked how you would manage the workload of the very difficult course.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

Roco76 Wed 27-Feb-13 23:57:52

Ladycelestial thanks for the advice .......very useful considering that in few hours I have to attend my interview .Thanks for encouragement Mumsykinns !!!
I hope I will not smash the opportunity I really want this and I waited all this years for this moment .
I will see how is goes .

amyjohannak1969 Thu 28-Feb-13 08:12:24

I got through to the second stage interview, which I have this morning ! how did yours go Roco?

queenbee18 Thu 28-Feb-13 16:08:16

Hi All,

I was wondering if anyone has applied to solent healthcare (Southampton) and if they have have they heard about interview dates yet? I have applied but haven't heard yet xx

Leah80 Thu 28-Feb-13 17:51:52

Hi benjade

Did you apply for Nottingham city or county? I've just applied for nottm county but really worried I won't get an interview.
How long did it take for people to find out if they got an interview?
Three places is not a lot when there's a big recruitment drive going on.
Any tips on my personal statement for future applications would be great.
Thanks x

Roco76 Thu 28-Feb-13 18:51:45

Good evening all!!!

I had a wonderful day ......I had the morning presentation along with an interview and I feel quite positive about it the afternoon we had a group discussion with the university representatives and at the end of the interview i was told that they are offering me a place at the university I have to wait for the response for the presentation part .
In the mean time I got another two assessments to go for numeracy and literacy of them is with London deanery .
Thank you everybody for your support !!!!

ladycelestial Thu 28-Feb-13 20:05:00

Tips for your personal statement:

Make it concise, but do include anything that might help your case. This might include membership of the NCT, being a volunteer in your community, helping with any clubs or societies, things you might have done before you started nursing.

Give an exciting reason as to why you are drawn to the health visiting profession.

There's nothing worse than a statement that goes on and on but doesn't say much. The best ones I've read were bullet pointed.

Write it all out and remove any unnecessary words that don't say anything.

Check and double check your spelling and grammar.

Remember the primary and recency effect i.e. things you say first and last will have more impact than points in the middle.

You're trying to sell yourself, but it's no use saying you can do this or that without evidence.

Say that your work is always evidence based, but give an actual example of your work that is evidence based practice.

Say that you work well as an individual, but also as part of a team, but again give an actual example.

Say that your work is innovative, but give examples.

Say that you have management and leadership skills - example

Say that your record keeping is to a very high standard - example

Say that you can prioritise your workload - example

Say that your work is to a high standard and that you are conscientious - example

These are just some suggestions, you'll have your own experiences to draw on, but give examples.

Get someone to read it for you to proof read it, but also give criticism.

Good luck.

ladycelestial Thu 28-Feb-13 20:08:18

Well done Rocco x

Leah80 Thu 28-Feb-13 20:29:39

Thank you for your reply, hoping that my statement covered some of those at least but not feeling very positive. They said that we will hear within 3 weeks if we get an interview. I really want to get onto a course ASAP.

How quickly did people hear regarding interviews?

dannibear2008 Fri 01-Mar-13 16:13:34

Good afternoon all,
I hope you are all well. I am hoping someone can please help me. I am a registered adult nurse and just had some fab news that i have an interview for the health visitor training, i am so pleased however i have been told i have to do a ten minute presentation now a frantic lady!. the title of the presentation is ‘Health Visiting Policy and its application to practice’ any ideas or suggestions would be grateful, has been a while since i was at uni i would be very grateful for any help thank you

Leah80 Fri 01-Mar-13 18:35:11

Hi I've also found out I have an interview and I have the same presentation to do. Have we applied to the same place? Any tips would be great as I don't like presentations x

PepsiJemima Fri 01-Mar-13 19:55:18

Thank you all for all your input and thankyou to Chewie29 for starting the thread. Good luck to all who have interviews and are waiting to hear and i hope its going well for those who are training.
I posted earlier saying i had an interview on 24th Jan. Originally i had a 'no' from the Uni, but the other day, i had a letter saying a space had become available and i was to start April 2013!!!!! I went into shock. In my Uni in Wales, there was only 12 places and over 100 applicants and i thought i'd really messed up at inerview!!!!!
I am over the moon as circimstances and timing couldn't be better for me now, as well as having wanted this for 6years!!!! Thank you all for your input and advice, im sure it got me through interview.

ladycelestial Fri 01-Mar-13 22:07:55

Most applicants use power point, which is fine, although I've seen a really good presentation using a poster. If you use power point have only about six slides and just put a few points on each one to illustrate what you are saying. Don't read what's on the slides. Start with your vision for the future of health visiting. Some presentations have a few animated pictures and titles on, but don't over do it. Ten minutes is actually no time at all really to talk about Health Visiting policy and its application to practice. Do your research thoroughly on policy, which will be found on the DOH website. If you look at the Health Visitor Implementation Plan and The Healthy Child Programme as your starting point, you'll have more information than you can possibly cram into 10 minutes. Pick out the main points and expand on these. You'll need to speak enthusiastically, slowly and clearly. Show how excited you are about this very exciting time for the profession and the implications for actual practice. Talk about the four levels of intervention and what these will mean for families. Visit an actual health visitor in practice before your interview and ask them about policy and practice. Say in your presentation that what you found in actual practice (but don't include anything negative).

When you've got your presentation more or less how you want it, time yourself and make sure it lasts ten minutes. Try it out on as many people as you can persuade to listen and insist they give you honest feedback. You cannot practice it too much. On the day remember to smile and give some eye contact to the interviewers. If it gives you confidence make yourself some cards with prompts on, to keep you going. You might not need them, but it will give you something to do with your hands. I think that whilst what you are saying is important, how you say it is probably more important!

Leah80 Sat 02-Mar-13 06:21:27

Thank you so much, I really appreciate all your posts, they are so helpful. I'm hoping I don't mess this up just because of a presentation, I've never been very good at them, even though I speak to people everyday at work, the though of standing infront of people and speaking fills me with dread!

RudolphLovesoftplay Sat 02-Mar-13 06:31:42

I got in!!!! Thank you everyone for all your tips, they were really helpful. If anyone wants any specific advice about anything pm me. I was accepted by Northants and start May 13. X

Leah80 Sat 02-Mar-13 06:57:59

Well done rudolphlovessoftplay on your place x

jaffacake2 Sat 02-Mar-13 07:13:27

So excited to read all your positive comments about joining health visiting.
Usually on mumsnet I am trying to defend HVs !
Welcome to all who can carry on after I retire as an HV in a few years time.
Then hope to write a book Lady with the scales which will be full of the many bizarre,funny and sad situations I have found myself in as an Hv over the past 25yrs.
Enjoy the journey ladies you are all in for a different journey !

thyra30 Sat 02-Mar-13 07:42:41

Just been offered a place @ solent. Starting course in sept. Thanks so much for the advice n tips placed on this website.

For those who have started de course already can u give me some tips and advice as am very happy but nervous. If possible some reading lists. Thanks

thyra30 Sat 02-Mar-13 07:48:22

@Queenbee 18.

Think its best to contact hr and ask if u were shortlisted. I had to do that in January because it took abit longer to get a response. Good luck anyway

rlzcd Sat 02-Mar-13 08:44:48

Was a com

rlzcd Sat 02-Mar-13 08:49:19

Was a complete nervous wreck didn't mention the papers read during the presentation, they had to tell me to relax . Got a conditional offer from university but no offer of the post yet find out end of the month. Very worried as my current manager has been really negative towards me lately and been off with stress

Hols16 Mon 04-Mar-13 13:54:37

Hi i have just heard i have an interview for the health visitor course at uni and have to do a 10 minute presentation for it. Just wanted some input as ive read through the threads on here and it seems like you all know what you are on about!
The presentation is on 'health visiting policy and its application to practice' and then to identify relevant policies and choose one to apply to practice.

Leah80 Mon 04-Mar-13 15:56:46

Hols16 where is your interview as you also have the same interview as me x

Hols16 Mon 04-Mar-13 16:20:58

leah80 its for derby uni!! Ive read so much today i think ive sent myself into panic mode!!!

Leah80 Mon 04-Mar-13 17:36:28

Ah yes mine is derby uni but the interview is Mansfield as that's where the placement will be. I've got a brick wall that mi trying to get round and its annoying me now as I really want to do well but I'm finding getting started really hard x

Hols16 Mon 04-Mar-13 17:51:59

My interview is in kirkby, how do you know thats where your placement will be??
im finding it hard to, not sure where to start!

Leah80 Mon 04-Mar-13 18:11:40

I don't know that's where the placement will be but assuming its out that way for north notts. I need to phone and get a time and date but feeling very down as I just get started so its making me feel rubbish.

Leah80 Mon 04-Mar-13 18:15:16

Sent you a message Hols16

missymoo228 Wed 06-Mar-13 10:42:42

Hi all, I am thinking about HV training too. Gardenerschoice did you have your second interview? How did it go? What did they ask? Really good advice on this thread xx

dannibear2008 Wed 06-Mar-13 13:20:31

hi ladies my interview is also mansfield, i am stressing so much too. i hope i dont sound stupid but just wanted to double check tha the presentation is on policies and how it is put into practice? i just wanted to make sure. good luck with all your interviews x

Leah80 Wed 06-Mar-13 14:05:55

Hi dannibear2008 feel free to message me. Me and hols16 are doing the same interview as you.

As for the presentation that is my understanding of it, I agree it's a little confusing when all we have is a title to go on x

Nirvana3 Wed 06-Mar-13 21:08:43

Hi everyone, nice to meet you all. I was wondering if some one might be able to help me . Am very worried as i have a literacy & numeracy assessment next week with london deanery . Unfortunately at the time of filling my application form for the deanery my father became very unwell and i rushed it providing very short answers to the questionnaire section. Will this mean that i will fail the assessment?is it still worth me going? I really want to be a health visitor.thanks for any advice.
Lily x

LuceF2001 Thu 07-Mar-13 05:16:14

I have read this forum since the end of last year, and have finally got round to registering and posting on here. Hope your all well and hope those who have upcoming interviews, hope it all goes well, good luck!
I applied for a place at Southampton University last october, but I let my nerves get the better of me and unfortunately I didnt get a place. But I reapplied to Berkshire nhs trust when they were advertising, uni at Oxford Brookes and I got the place!!!
just wondering if there is anybody else on here starting at oxford brookes in sept this year and who are going to be based in newbury or reading for placements?

Leah80 Thu 07-Mar-13 07:36:37

LuceF2001 well done on getting a place! Any tips for those of us who are waiting to attend interview would be great. Hope you can find someone who's starting with you in September x

Pirates Sat 09-Mar-13 09:34:21

Hie everyone. I just thought I should update you all. I got the health visiting place. Thank you once again to Xmaddogx and this site for all the helpful input.

Lpool123 Sat 09-Mar-13 12:59:06

Hey everyone, I applied for the student health visitor role and to my surprise I got an interview!! It's is Thursday and its a group discussion, maths and literacy test and an individual interview too! Its not in my area so i am travelling down on wednesday, scary! Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

tomvie Sat 09-Mar-13 20:11:18

Just a message of support for Nirvana3. You have got through to the first stage of the process and they wouldn't have even put you through this far if your answers to the questions on your application form had been terrible. Not everyone gets to the numeracy and literacy stage. Do go to the interview and be confident. I am a student HV now and half way through the course. Read this thread it has some great advice and tips. Just remember they are not trying to trick you just to see if you are academically able to do the course and also that you have the right personality & qualities to be a HV. Good luck.

thyra30 Sun 10-Mar-13 06:41:39

@Tomvie since u're half way through maybe u can help me. I have secured a place due to start in September but I am very nervous. Can you give me any help/ advice perhaps some reading list or websites etc. That will be really helpful! !!

Leah80 Sun 10-Mar-13 07:01:17

Tomvie how are you finding the course? It is as full on as people say, are you enjoying it?

TitHead Sun 10-Mar-13 09:07:06

Hi everyone. I'm hoping to apply next year. Missed this year for personal reasons but will use the next 11 months to turn myself in to the best possible applicant. Other than trying to get some shadowing experience is there anything else I could be doing?

Leah80 Sun 10-Mar-13 19:42:40

Wow Derby only had their post open for about 7 days and its closed already, good job I applied as soon as I saw it, must be popular there. Hoping I get one of the Notts jobs though as they are closer to home x

Sydney69 Sun 10-Mar-13 21:11:33

Hi Lillly,Good luck on the day, I'm on the same assessment day as you. As a previous member said your application would have been fine or else you wouldn't have been invited for an assessment. I have to say I'm dreading the assessment more than the interview. I hate exams of any sort ! On a positive note to everyone I have done this course but on the district nurse route and yes, it was hard but everyone is in the same boat and you get a lot of pier group support. I have lived to tell the tale, so it's not all doom and gloom for the year smile.

Littlelegs5 Sun 10-Mar-13 21:20:33

Hey everyone. I have applied to do the health visitor course have found this thread really useful. I have an interview in 2 weeks. On the interview invite it says I will be assessed on my portfolio so was wondering if anyone has advice of what will be good to put in it. Thanks x

bexg123 Sun 10-Mar-13 21:27:37

Was just wanting to know how old you all are! Sorry ladies, should never ask, but Im 19.. I have 3 HV interviews but do you guys think Im too young? x

Hols16 Mon 11-Mar-13 10:59:31

How can you only be 19 when nurse training takes 3 years and you can't start till 17 and u have to be nurse/midwife to become a health visitor?!!

bexg123 Mon 11-Mar-13 11:30:38

I started just after my 17th birthday, currently on 3rd year for adult nursing, by September when I qualifiy I'll be 20? Hope that makes sense.. x

Hols16 Mon 11-Mar-13 11:48:18

oh right! so you are wanting to go straight into health visiting. Im with you! good luck, im not sure if they will think you are too young or not, i was worried about that and im 30!

Leah80 Mon 11-Mar-13 14:35:20

Most of the jobs I've seen advertised either want 1 or 2 years experience before you can apply but I'm sure I read somewhere that someone had gotten a place straight from nurse training. Can't help you otherwise on the age front as I'm 33 but good luck x

Gardenerschoice Mon 11-Mar-13 18:08:14

Good luck mumsykinns on 13 th. I had my interview, not sure how it went as I was so nervous. On reflection I messed up, wished i was more confident have to play the waiting game now, ( after your assesment and interview) so about a month. It's going to feel I've a life time
Navan3 I think if you have an assesment your application has been accepted, go for it and good luck

Bella01372 Mon 11-Mar-13 20:12:19

Mumsykinns, i have just picked up this thread. I also am going to assessment day in guildford on march 13th. I have only found out today though so am frantically trying to prepare.....

mumsykinns Tue 12-Mar-13 11:09:58

Hi Gardenerschoice! Good to see you back on here! Maybe it wasn't as bad as you think after all everyone will be nervous....what sort of thing did they ask at second interview? I bet it wasn't nearly as bad as you think....keep in touch...really will keep everything crossed for you... I have major butterflies about tomorrow..I get incredibly nervous in interview and particularly dreading the group bit it sounds a nightmare...Hi Bella! Hey maybe I will see you there! Which slot are you in? Its so nerve wracking isn't it..this thread has been amazingly helpful. Good luck! x

AutumnDaisy Tue 12-Mar-13 12:04:24

Hi everyone, I applied for the course last month and am waiting to hear if I've got an interview (fingers and toes crossed!). They said they're short-listing in March and interviewing in April. Just thought I'd join in the discussion while I wait (patiently of course...) to hear. Good luck to all who've applied! x

Leah80 Tue 12-Mar-13 12:55:40

Hello AutumnDaisy where have you applied to? Good luck x

AutumnDaisy Tue 12-Mar-13 13:58:11

Hi Leah, thank you! I've applied to Liverpool John Moores. Has anybody else on here applied there? x

Bella01372 Tue 12-Mar-13 16:45:00

Hi mumsykinns, i'm really nervous about tom. I hate those group assessment things. I have been told to arrive for 9am, how about you?

chewie29 Tue 12-Mar-13 19:16:42

Good luck to all of you who are interviewing soon. Sending lots of positive vibes! Xx

mumsykinns Tue 12-Mar-13 19:20:37

Bella, I'm 1230. Never done a group assessment and not looking forward to it one bit. Are you applying through CSH? Good luck let me know how it goes xx

Mel100 Tue 12-Mar-13 21:25:24

Hi everyone, I had my assessment yesterday in London deanery. I am waiting if I've got an interview. Is there anyone here who had the assessment yesterday in London? Secondly does anyone know if interviews are different across different cities or are they all similar? x

tomvie Tue 12-Mar-13 22:37:57

Hi All. the course is very full on. There is a lot of reading to do and with the combination of being in placement and trying to get assignments done it is hard work. I am really enjoying it though. If you have got on the course well done. I wouldn't buy any books before you start as most books are available as e books via your uni library. If they do recommend books you can probably pick them up second hand on Amazon. There are several good websites to go on Institute of HV, HV senate, Department of health, CPHVA ( Unite), NSPCC. Read the HCP, healthy lives/healthy people, HV implementation plan, Reports by Field, Allen, Tickell, Monroe, Marmot which all form the basis for the course and referred to often. Just a note that we have some newly qualified people on our course age ranges from 21 - 52. I do however think I bit of life experience/ nursing experience is a good idea. good luck all.

Wifey81 Wed 13-Mar-13 16:00:08

Hey all. I've got the literacy and numeracy assessment with the London deanery tomorrow. Does anyone know how long it takes to get the results/how long before finding out if you've been invited to interview? Am dreading it as maths is my worse mind just goes blank! Good luck to all who has interviews coming up and well done those who have been offered a very jealous!

Bella01372 Wed 13-Mar-13 18:24:42

Mumsykinns, how did you find today? The group assessment thing wasn't too bad after all. There were a lot of assessors though!! Should hear in a week they said. I've applied through csh.

Gardenerschoice Wed 13-Mar-13 22:24:46

Good luck Bella01372 and mumsykinns, I'm sure all went well, not as bad as it sounded. I have to wait the results of my interview until you've had yours. Any idea when your interviews are going to be. This waiting is awful. Wouldn't it be great if we all got through and meet up :-)

mumsykinns Thu 14-Mar-13 10:57:15

Morning Bella and Gardenerschoice! I fluffed it really the group thing wasn't what I expected at all and the individual interview I could have done so much better, really certain I won't make the second round. Had so much info in my head but I think its the sort of stuff that will come up at 2nd interview! I hope its not too long till we hear if we got through the first round..we were told it would be "weeks" but surely not if yesterday was the last assessment date. Totally agree GC that would be fab! Must be awful for you as you have waited ages!

Moochi1986 Thu 14-Mar-13 14:04:08

Hello :-)

Has anyone applied to Sussex? To study at either Surrey or Brighton! Any successes?. Xx

babydreams Thu 14-Mar-13 20:03:34

Hi can I ask if any of you had to get an academic reference when applying. I want to apply to leeds but they wont accept the application without it and i havnt a clue on how to go about getting one. The last study i did was facilitating learning in practice about 6 years ago.

Sydney69 Thu 14-Mar-13 20:17:15

Mumsyskinns, join the club, I know I fluffed up the Maths bit. As far as writing the holiday thing I wrote like the wind and still only just got the 30 plus lines in. I hope that if there is a 2nd round of recruitment we'll be more prepared the next time.

Gardenerschoice Thu 14-Mar-13 21:10:30

Well done all, let the force be with us, mumsykinns I thought I'd blown the second part of the assesment mouth couldn't handle my brain, but I got though. Can't wait to hear how you and bella got on.

Bella01372 Fri 15-Mar-13 09:51:37

Mumsykinns, i don't think you ever really know how you did and what they are looking for. I thought i did a really good application form and was told in jan that I didn't make the shortlist. I then got a call last week to attend???? I do know that i hate this waiting game though. Gardenerschoice, you must be frustrated having to wait so long. Keep me posted if either of you hear anything.

Dipsydean Fri 15-Mar-13 14:49:52

Hi everybody! After 2 years of applying I've finally been shortlisted last for an interview! Massive thank you to all the people that have posted on this thread as I really think I was able to improve my application through taking your advice on board. My interview is for Dorset trust studying out of Southampton! So chuffed to get to this stage but terrified also! Want this so much! I have also applied to Devon and also Somerset. Somerset would be ideal as I'm currently employed by the PCT but they now specify that all applicants must be degree qualified which I am not :-(. I've submitted an application anyhow. Anybody else applied to these areas? Good luck to everyone!!!

Littlebitwoo Fri 15-Mar-13 15:25:07

Hello I've applied for hv at Nottingham waiting to hear if get interview. However, I think I might be pregnant, if I get a place can I defer? Or pick up where I left off with the next intake? Any ideas? Thank you

Leah80 Fri 15-Mar-13 16:24:38

I've applied to Nottingham too, they may let you defer, can't see them wanting you to take leave during the course, plus surely you will be due around the start date so you won't get to do much before leaving. Good luck with your application. I've already got an interview in Mansfield but have applied for derby and nottm city as well x

Moochi1986 Fri 15-Mar-13 17:59:29


I have just found out I have an interview for HV. Has anyone done the group exercise and formal interview at Surrey university? Any tips or help? Thank you so much this forum has been so useful in getting me this far! I'm so scared about interview xx

Gardenerschoice Fri 15-Mar-13 21:10:39

Hi moochi1986, well done when's your assessment ?

Moochi1986 Fri 15-Mar-13 21:59:56

Hi it's on the 25th. Do you have one? X

Bella01372 Sat 16-Mar-13 07:27:10

Hi moochi, do you have an assessment day on the 25th or panal interview? Mumsykinns did you hear anything? I got an email yest to say I passed the assessment day and would be offered a panal interview, date to be confirmed. Seems like we are all going to have a long old wait!

Moochi1986 Sat 16-Mar-13 08:36:43

Hi Bella. I have both on the same day. I'm going through Sussex trust not surrey so it maybe different. I know each trust has a number of spaces. What's the assessment like? Xx

Annemarie24 Sat 16-Mar-13 08:51:15

hi everyone, I applied for student HV at Sheffield Hallam and also at Doncaster. short listing begins on Mon 18th does that mean we will be contacted on the 18th? or a bit later. I'm trying not to get my hopes up as I know they had hundreds apply. feel like I'm in limbo a bit at the minute, I don't want to apply for any SN positions until I know whether I have an interview or not??

Gardenerschoice Sat 16-Mar-13 16:46:13

Well done bella, waiting on news from mumsykinns now, hopefully your interview will be soon. Moochi1989 is a different area so won't be waiting for hers. What area do you want to work for I had a joint interview with central Surrey and first community

Moochi1986 Sat 16-Mar-13 19:35:51

The waiting must be awful! I found waiting to hear about the application process awful, I was checking my email constantly. I hope you all get through to the next stage, I'm really hoping its just a one day thing for me. Would love to know how many spaces the uni have and how many each trust have been allocated. X

Smartypants123 Sat 16-Mar-13 21:10:59

Has anyone who applied to Derby heard whether they have got an interview yet? I have applied both to them and Staffordshire. Am so desperate to get on the course. Feeling really anxious about it as I know it is so competitive.

Leah80 Sun 17-Mar-13 07:15:15

I applies to Derby but haven't heard anything yet, I'm guessing they had lots as they closed the post early x

Annemarie24 Sun 17-Mar-13 10:03:02

when I was on placement with the health visitors, the CPE told me they had 172 applications for 60 posts :-/. I agree the waiting is horrible x

Bella01372 Sun 17-Mar-13 14:16:05

Hi gardenerschoice, i have applied to central surrey. They haven't confirmed who is interviewing but on the assessment day they did say they were normally joint with first community??? They also told us they have had over 700 applications for around 75 jobs across surrey!!!!! Moochi if your assessment day is the same as surrey, we had a group assessment which was to discuss and put together a presentation on a statement. There was a choice of statements, current themes. We had reducing the price of alcohol. I found all the info on here very helpful. Good luck.

Gemini4sure Sun 17-Mar-13 16:57:58

Hi all. I'm new on this thread, busy preparing for my initial interview and can't find the link to read reports by Field, Allen, Tickle and Monroe, can anyone help please.

mumsykinns Mon 18-Mar-13 10:14:26

Hi Bella and Gardenerschoice, unfortunately I didn't get through the assessment, my brain and mouth just didn't engage due to nerves...will reapply next time. Good luck to you both though xx

Moochi1986 Mon 18-Mar-13 15:23:20

Hi Gemini When is your interview? I am also looking for the articles but not having much luck, I will keep you posted if I come across them. Sorry to hear that mumsykinns, did you get some feedback?
Thank you for the advice Bella about the assesment day, Im so nervous. Any other things that we should be looking into? xx

Gardenerschoice Mon 18-Mar-13 18:36:44

Hi bella and mumsykinns, gutted :-( I wasn't offered a post following my interview, i recieved an email today, good luck Bella with your interview, mumsykinns we will just have to reapply in January. Good luck to all applying

Moochi1986 Mon 18-Mar-13 18:42:49

Gardnerschoice sorry to hear this, don't give up thou! You sound really keen to get onto the course and you WILL. What was the formal interview like? We're the questions hard? Xx

nervouslywating Tue 19-Mar-13 12:49:26

Firstly it looks like i can't spell -that is meant to say waiting not wating! Just found this thread in the nick of time, my interview for Bolton uni health visiting is on Fri so i am really nervous at the moment and bogged down with revising all the policies. Struggling to break it all down into small enough chunks to remember and like many have posted on here, i am worried my nerves will get the better of me. As for what others have posted - lady have worried me now. I plan to dress smart, but money is tight! I have been out only yesterday and bought one of those blouses with cardigans attached - it is very smart (from next) and was planning on wearing it with grey pinstripe suit trousers. I don't have a suit jacket - and i cannot afford to buy one, but you have worried me now by saying no cardigans lol!!!! Babydreams asked about how to get your academic reference - i needed this too and my last place of study was about 6 yrs ago - i phoned the uni, gave my uni id number and they found me straight away. They gave me the course leaders contact number and i phoned her. Although it was someone different than when i had been there she said it was a common request and they would access archived information and email it to Bolton. Litttlelegs also mentioned what to put in her portfolio. I have spent weeks improving mine, make sure it is all very neat, new plastic pockets etc, clearly sectioned so things are easy to find. I have also included a section on my action plan to ensure i gain a place on this course, with a copy of my personal statement in for example.We were told our portfolios must show some reflection using a model and show that we have been working towards a course in health visiting for some time (so not just something we have decided to do last minute) I hope this helps and i am not too late posting as i think your interview is about now. Mine is Friday - i am so nervous. Is it acceptable to take cue cards into an interview?! I am sure further up the thread it was suggested, but i think that may make me appear unprepared rather than the other way round. If anyone has had an interview at Bolton i would appreciate any advice - loads of good advice on here though it has been so helpful and i wish you all good luck!

tomvie Tue 19-Mar-13 17:26:15

Good luck to all of you. I remember it all last year just keep going. The Field, Allen, Monro and Tickell reports can probably be found via the department of health website. They are Frank Field, Graham Allen, Claire Tickell. Don't get bogged down in them though really they all note early interventions for children to give them the best start in life and how poverty can affect this. You certainly won't need to quote from them but they do form the basis for early intervention and government policy. Just put them into google and they should come up. Pity I can't attach them on here but if you want to personal message me I can certainly let you have them.

nervouslywating Tue 19-Mar-13 18:13:54

How do I personally message you?! I can't see how to do that :-) because that would be fab

Smartypants123 Tue 19-Mar-13 19:15:48

Has anyone had an email from Derbyshire asking them to complete the trust values survey? Is this a positive step and does anyone know how much weight they place on it. Feels like another hoop to jump through. Just wish I knew if I had an interview or not.

Leah80 Tue 19-Mar-13 20:03:57

Hi Smartypants123 I got one from Derby this afternoon. I dont have a clue as to how much it goes towards an interview, it just said at the end that it would be placed with my application.

tomvie Tue 19-Mar-13 20:43:47

to personally message look at the blue line on the posted message and on the right hand side are 3 options - add message, report and message poster. click on message poster. Let me know which reports you want as have most of them as use them loads on the course.

Smartypants123 Tue 19-Mar-13 20:50:10

Hi Leah80 thanks for replying. Got all excited when I saw the message then found out it was just that. So frustrating. Will complete and send it back.

Leah80 Tue 19-Mar-13 21:20:46

Yes i also got excited, its not too bad to complete, i just got stumped on the last few but think i've done ok, i'm sure i will find out soon enough.

laura2013 Wed 20-Mar-13 09:10:30

I have an interview on friday at bolton university has anyone else got one there? im so nervous, im a newly qualified nurse but have been lucky enough to have gained 17 weeks placement experience with the health visitors during my training! any recommendations on what are the most important things to look up on?

Caggers85 Wed 20-Mar-13 10:37:43

Wow what a thread!!!!!!!!!!!

I've just applied to do my training at the University of Cumbria having qualified as a nurse in September. I hope I get in but with a 2yr old I worry that the work load will be horrid but I coped with my final year of nursing with a baby so I will keep positive that I get an interview.

I followed the personal spec perfectly for the application so I really hope I get a chance.

Can any of you confirm what the course consists of module wise, essays, exams etc. I would REALLY appreciate that. Also the length of placements and do you get holidays??? I want to get all the info... Can you tell haha.

Well done to those who got on the course and keep going for those who haven't got there just yet. Xxxxxxx

nervouslywating Wed 20-Mar-13 10:58:07

Laura2013 mine is at Bolton on Friday too. I am trying to familiarise myself with all the policies as well as thinking they will ask common questions about what can bring to the role, difficulties perceived doing the course, leadership skills, and so on. To be honest I am dreading it and can't wait for it to be over! As for course content and modules that should all bd available on your chosen uni website page for the course (I know boltons is as it gives you a run down of modules etc) Bolton had an open day which explained about everything from how to apply (what they want on the form) and how to get shortlisted, what they are looking for in an interview and stuff like that. If anyone is thinking of applying I recommend going to one like it (if offered) as I had already done my personal statement before I attended it - but ripped it up and started again after I'd been lol!!!!!

AutumnDaisy Wed 20-Mar-13 11:09:05

Hello again everyone, well done to all those of you with interviews! I'm still waiting to hear. Can I ask, those of you who applied via the university, did you hear back from them via email or letter? I applied a month ago and haven't heard anything yet :-/ Thanks xx

thyra30 Thu 21-Mar-13 06:28:59

Hi Tomvie, can you please send me all de useful articles etc. My email is


Pinkyblondeprincess Thu 21-Mar-13 15:57:49

Hi guys
Wow this thread is great!
I have applied for HV in Kent and Medway trusts. Still waiting to hear if been short listed to next stage ( Uni academic essay). Its horrible waiting i constantly keep checking email!! Really want this, loved my short time in HV in my nurse training - anyone else out there applied for kent or
Medway for sept 13?


lancsy Thu 21-Mar-13 18:20:02

Hi everyone, like others on this thread I applied to the student health visitor course and attended the assessment at Uni of Surrey on 13th march. To my surprise I was successful and have been told within 7 days I would be invited to the next stage but this hasnt happened yet and its been a week!! I'm starting to worry a bit. Has anyone else had the same situation??

smileysunflower Thu 21-Mar-13 18:39:17

Hi, I have just had my HV interview today (North East), think it went ok, but I felt that I waffled on in parts, though got the right answer.

Apparently I have done very well even to get an interview, as there have been so many applications, and there are only 10 training places. Here's hoping I am one of the 10!

emkatalmasi Thu 21-Mar-13 19:50:25

Hello everyone. Just wondered whether anybody on here has applied for the Sept 2013 HV course at Sheffield Hallam Uni and got an interview? It's been almost 3 weeks since the closing date and I haven't heard anything so it doesn't look like I've been shortlisted but I wish I knew for certain so that I can stop torturing myself checking emails 20 times a day! :-(

nervouslywating Thu 21-Mar-13 20:21:14

Why don't you phone admissions and ask if they have short listed yet? Someone I know did this last year and said it was a good job she did, as she had been short listed but for some reason they hadn't sent her the email. If it were me I would check.
My interview is in the morning and I am so nervous. Just doing some last minute cramming now. I've been revising for weeks now but still feel unprepared :-)

kitcat15 Thu 21-Mar-13 22:34:08

Hi everyone
anybody got an interview for liverpool john moores , i got my email today...its one step closer i suppose but i am soooo nervus at interviews...
good luck everyone with an interview coming up x

Lpool123 Thu 21-Mar-13 23:17:41

Autumn daisy, I have applied for liverpool John moores. I believe they started to ahort list on Friday and there were over 400 applicants so it will probably take them a while! Hoping to hear in the next few weeks! Xx

Lpool123 Thu 21-Mar-13 23:17:56

Short list*

Lpool123 Thu 21-Mar-13 23:19:37

Well done kitcat15. I'm still waiting to hear, did you apply via Ljmu or on the nhs jobs website?

laura2013 Thu 21-Mar-13 23:21:45

I applied for john moores but not got an email. did you apply direct to the uni or to liverpool community health?

emkatalmasi Fri 22-Mar-13 08:25:37

Thanks nervouslywaiting, that's a good idea. Good luck with your interview! smile

Sydney69 Fri 22-Mar-13 11:21:45

Has anyone heard from London Deanery yet ? I thought they said it was going to take a week. I'm not that hopeful but still want to know for sure !

LarRomMum Fri 22-Mar-13 11:55:55

Hi emkatalmasi

I got an email from sheffield on wednesday saying I had been shortlisted and will hear from them shortly about an interview date. Hope this helps.

AutumnDaisy Fri 22-Mar-13 14:57:20

Thanks Lpool123, I applied through the uni and still haven't heard anything. I'm thinking they'll surely let us know by next week, as it's Easter hols after that and interviews are April aren't they? Well done kitcat15! Fingers crossed Lpool123 and Laura2013!! Hope we hear good news soon xx

emkatalmasi Fri 22-Mar-13 15:20:57

To LarRomMum - thanks for that. Yes it helps. I haven't heard anything at all so I'm guessing that means that I haven't been shortlisted then sad Ah well, I'll just have to keep trying. At least it means that I can stop obsessively checking emails now! Congratulations on being shortlisted yourself & the best of luck with your interview!

LarRomMum Fri 22-Mar-13 15:46:37

Thanks emkatalmasi

If its any consolation, I applied last year and didn't get shortlisted. So I am one step futher than last year. Keep trying, I think if you really want it persistance will pay off.

kitcat15 Fri 22-Mar-13 17:41:35

Hi there Autumn Daisy, laura 2013 and Lpool123
nice to be in touch with others from my area.
i applied direct to Liverpool community health, i think they are doing those interviews before briegdwater and knowsley ones even though their advert went on later, if that makes sense, i also know people who have applied direct to uni and they havent heard anything so don't lose hope, keep posting and good luck...the waiting is rubbish isnt it!
kk15 x

kitcat15 Fri 22-Mar-13 17:45:26

ps my interview date is 9th april if that healps to know
kk x

AutumnDaisy Fri 22-Mar-13 18:46:17

Oh thank you kitcat, that makes me feel more hopeful! Is it just an interview or do you have to do a presentation/assignment too? Yes the waiting is awful! I'm glad it's the weekend so I can stop obsessing over my emails for a couple of days! Thanks again and good luck! x

Tink64 Fri 22-Mar-13 20:40:30

I have an interview at the university of Hull on 18 April - nervous and excited and finding the posts on here really helpful -has anyone else here applied in Hull?

Caggers85 Fri 22-Mar-13 21:00:19

How many placements did you have on the course and how long are they. I understand there will be a variance between Uni's.
Thanks xxx

nervouslywating Sat 23-Mar-13 11:43:35

Hi e everyone, I had my interview on Friday and found out in the afternoon I had a place so I am made up and relieved now.
This thread really helped me to prepare and has been great. I would say to anyone applying to make sure their portfolio is really organised and up to date. We had a group exercise/role play type part of the interview. I googled what they would be looking for (and it is not the bolshy person who takes over lol) which really helped as I was worried about that part. As for the interview itself they do ask common sense questions like what can you bring to the role. I learned all about the HCP and the HV implementation plan, ECM, and safeguarding children. I would say you need to know about these and what "public health" actually means. Good luck to you all :-)

Pinkyblondeprincess Sat 23-Mar-13 14:33:09

Thanks for the info nervouslywaiting. Can you share what happened in group exercise, i cant find anything about it on Internet

Thanks xx

cath889 Sat 23-Mar-13 16:06:47

wow what a great thread to come across from google! I have the literacy and numeracy test at uni of Greenwich on tuesday, studying/refreshing for that as soon as kiddies are in bed, thanks for all the ideas for interview questions, topics and further reading. I am currently a staff nurse on an orthopaedic ward so will have to really sell myself and my transferable skills! I really want this and I hope my nerves don't get the better of me smile

cath889 Sat 23-Mar-13 16:50:06

pinkyblondeprincess which uni did you apply to?

Lpool123 Sat 23-Mar-13 17:00:52

Autumn Daisy, I'd imagine they'd have to let us know by next week. Thanks kitcat15 that gives us some hope!
I applied direct through uni and haven't heard anything so maybe they are short listing those people later. Just want to know now haha there were so many applicants too! Xx

tomvie Sat 23-Mar-13 17:42:50

Reply to Caggers85 about placements. usually you are just allocated one placement and a mentor/ practice teacher. You will stay in that area for the year. Not like pre reg when you move around. All areas run the course differently but they all have common elements in accordance with NMC requirements.for the majority of semester 1 you will have 1-2 days at Uni and 1-2 days placement with 1 study day. I know some uni's are going more to self online study this year but believe me this is not a good thing! you need the interaction of peers and tutorial support. It is mainly a cost cutting exercise.In second semester it continues much the same but there has to be a block of 10 weeks solid practice which will be fultime as this is designated by NMC rulings. There will also be 15 days of alternative experience which will be public health related and you organise yourself. Hope that helps.

Pinkyblondeprincess Sat 23-Mar-13 18:12:01

Cath889-i have applied to CCCU- good luck!! I have heard back and been given an essay title and its to be 2000 words written in academic style and the next stage with be group exercise and interview. I dont have long to get it done with night shifts and post office closed over easter to get it posted back!!

Tomvie- what are the 15 days public health placements are they in a school etc?

cath889 Sat 23-Mar-13 19:35:27

pinkyblondeprincess I have my literacy and numeracy test tuesday, did you have one or just the essay to do next? On the kent community health nhs team leader's advice re. placements I chose Greenwich as the canterbury placements could be miles away from where I live, good luck with your essay! having night shifts really does mess up studying I'd imagine, and children do too!

Moochi1986 Sat 23-Mar-13 19:47:22

Hi Lanscy

I have an assessment day at surrey in Monday! I applied through Sussex. What is the assessment day like? What do you get asked?
I know someone who had a 2nd interview and it was allot more formal and you need to read up about the trust you have applied for. What trust has you applied for? Xx

nervouslywating Sat 23-Mar-13 19:52:29

Pinkyblondeprincess the group exercise was a scenario for us to discuss where we had to decide which out of 3 (deliberately stupid) situations we would choose to support. There was no right or wrong answer and they look at how (as a group) you reach the decision. There is always someone who leaps in and tries to lead the group but that's not always the best thing (as they don't encourage others to speak) - according to the sites I looked at (google role play for interviews) they are looking for people who get others to interact, for time keeping , and for encouraging group participation - it's a leadership style rather than someone hogging the ten minutes or so leaving some people out. Hope that makes sense. Ive heard of scenarios like being lost on the moon for eg where the discussion would be planning/organising priorities etc. as I say the actual scenario is not what's important it's how you interact with others to get to your conclusion. I made sure everyone had chance to get their point across, didn't leave anyone out and kept an eye on the clock as we were told how long we had. Hope this helps. Everywhere will do different types of group exercise but what they will be looking for is your leadership style.

lancsy Sat 23-Mar-13 20:30:49

Hi Moochi1986,

Glad I found someone going for Surrey! I applied to all of them but got a response from Virgin Care?? They asked me that at my assessment too and they said a lot of people applied to all 3 so its fine. Congrats on being shortlisted too becuase they invited so few of about 700 apparently. The assessment day was ok, we did a group discussion on a public health related topic and then a short interview with 2 people, only a few q's like why do you want to be a HV ect. I got told I would be invited back for round 2 but not heard anything yet. Fingers crossed for Monday, show them you really want it and sell yourself! xx

jingles13 Sat 23-Mar-13 20:40:42

Did anyone that went for an interview with Hampshire heard anything from the interview day?? The waiting is driving me mad!!

Stash1987 Sun 24-Mar-13 12:53:50

Hey guys! Congratulations to those of you that have been offered a student health visiting position, and thank you for everyone's contribution,this forum has been really useful! I really want to become a student health visitor and have my interview next week and am really worried about it. I understand the safeguarding process within a hospital setting but am not too sure about what happens or the process within a community setting. Fr those of you that are already students what is the process if a health visitor has some concerns regarding a suspicious bruise on a baby? Looking forward to your reply. Xx

Leah80 Sun 24-Mar-13 13:43:07

Stash1987 i'm not a student but from a personal experience my son had a briuse on his head for one of his development check from falling on a toy, she just asked me about it and explained that she would have to note it in his red book. I guessing it would be the same and then its in their notes as well for future reference if they see anymore appear then they could see that there had been more previously. Not sure if that helps or not but its just to tell you what happened. Good luck with your interview, i have one next week too x

marbeth Sun 24-Mar-13 15:52:38

Hi Stash1987

If a baby has a bruise, the correct procedure would be social services referral and baby would need to be seen by hospital paediatrican. Any baby that is not cruising should not have a bruise. Mention look at the developmental stage and age , also where bruise is.

Pinkyblondeprincess Sun 24-Mar-13 17:11:32

Cath889- where do you live if you don't mind me asking? I heard the same that with Kent you could be placed as at as 1.5hrs from where you live to your placement, so for that reason i am hoping for Medway as its a smaller radius than the whole of kent! Good luck with numeracy and lit test, no for kent/medway its a 2000 word essay and then if pass that stage, a group interview then individual interview. Let me know how you get on!

Nervouslywaiting-thank you for that information, i am so nervous about the role play feel sick thinking about it already!!

dannibear2008 Sun 24-Mar-13 17:41:34

hi guys,
I hope your all well. i am worried sick about this presentation i got this week as part of my interview, i do not know if its right. Please help i am a crazy woman! i am thinking of doing a presentation on safeguarding, but not sure how the policies are put into practice for this. i have searched books and internet, tried to contact local hv's and sure start centres but not getting anywhere fast. if anyone can point me in the right direct or advise i would be grateful. good luck for all of you that have interviews this week x

nervouslywating Sun 24-Mar-13 19:13:07

If you google it you should find your local safeguarding children board where you'll find all the local procedures for reporting etc. I was asked a safeguarding question and I said if I was not sure what to so the advice is to contact local safeguarding board (all contacts are on website with advice) as if you are not sure what to do then they put you in touch with the relevant person to advise you.

Caggers85 Sun 24-Mar-13 19:56:32

Hi. Another questions for those on the course...

What happened regarding holidays and how long are the placements? I understand that each Uni will differ but i would really appreciate your answers xx

Leah80 Mon 25-Mar-13 12:13:21

Those of you who have places or on the course, how many of you got on first time around? Does it happen? Thanks x

lancsy Mon 25-Mar-13 14:01:13

For anyone who has gone through the application process. If and when you obtained funding from the sponsoring trust, was it fairly straight forward to apply for the place at university and was there a good availability/competition for these places?? and would you reccommend applying to more than one? thank you!! xx

nervouslywating Mon 25-Mar-13 14:57:17

At Bolton we applied direct to uni but had to specify which NHS trust we wanted sponsorship from (and we could only apply to one)
The interviews were joint ie academic staff from uni plus practice teachers from trust applied for - so both had to agree to offer a place for you to get on the course. Obviously everywhere will be different but this was Bolton.

Apparently Bolton currently does 7 weeks uni then 7 weeks placement but again I imagine everywhere will differ.
At interview I was told that holidays were worked in to the schedule - were fixed dates and no holiday could be taken at any other time under any circumstances. I imagine that's pretty standard.

Hope that helps

nervouslywating Mon 25-Mar-13 15:03:03

Ps Leah I got on first time round but I did have lots if guidance from people who have done the course recently. I think if you plan enough you can do it , however while I was at my interview I did think at least if I failed this time I would know better next time as its easier to gauge what went wrong!!! Just make sure that your portfolio is completely sorted and think about what they will ask you. It's all very well knowing about the health visitor implementation plan for example , but they are more likely to ask you how you can help lead and deliver it rather than just describe what it is. Everything you read, think what skills you can contribute to it rather than just learn "what it is"

This is the best advice I was given - and they were right!

Pinkyblondeprincess Mon 25-Mar-13 15:20:47

Nervouslywaiting- portfolio- did you take with you to interview/do they ask to see it?
I am currently trying to write my 2000 word academic ( level6)essay:
“Reflect on the role of either the school nurse or health visitor; critically analyse the professional experience, knowledge, skills and personal attributes you would bring to your chosen professional pathway."

And I dont know where to start! Feeling stressed :/

Leah80 Mon 25-Mar-13 15:29:15

Thank you, I have my interview Weds and getting nervous now, I have been concentrating on the presentation and not much else. I haven't got much in my portfolio but it is organised neatly. Not sure what else I can put in it apart from certificates etc from courses. I would love to get on first time as I've applied to two other places as well and to have to do all 3 interviews if I get them and not get on anywhere would be quite disappointing x

Rockyroad1 Mon 25-Mar-13 16:01:13

Hi Leah80, I also have my interview for notts this week. I just want it over and done with now. Do you have any idea how many spaces there are?

Leah80 Mon 25-Mar-13 16:38:30

Rockyroad1 when is your interview, is it nottm county? I've heard there are 36 spaces but I don't know how true this is. Someone said the interview is awful so not looking forward to it x

Torriee Mon 25-Mar-13 18:36:58

Hi, I've applied for the health visiting course at both Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church. I've got my literacy and numeracy test tomorrow and I have the 2000 word essay to write for Canterbury.
Eeeeek so excited! x

Mel100 Mon 25-Mar-13 18:57:06

hi everyone, has anyone heard from London Deanery today for interview invitation? I have done my maths and literacy assessment on 11th March and was told should hear invitation for interview from today. The waiting is killing me.
good luck to everyone who is going for interview. x

Pinkyblondeprincess Mon 25-Mar-13 19:04:52

Torriee- i too have applied for CCCU- i am currently trying to write this essay! Good luck!

Bella01372 Mon 25-Mar-13 19:10:32

Hi lancsy, i went to the assessment day on the 13th also. I have to wait until the 16th april until my panel interview. I am applying through central surrey though so virgin care may be different. Gardenerschoice I'm sorry to hear you didn't get through this time. I know its really tough & there is a lot of competition for few places.

Torriee Mon 25-Mar-13 19:18:48

Me too, I'm finding it difficult to get started! Good luck to you too!

nervouslywating Mon 25-Mar-13 20:00:57

Pinkyblondeprincess yes we had to take our portfolio to the interviews and they took them away to score them. They said at the open day that they would be looking to see models of reflection used and that we had been working towards a career in HV for a while with that evident in our profile.
As for your essay- google "attributes of a health visitor" which is a really good starting point (it is like a flow chart/spider diagram covering all attributes a HV needs and it's really good - let me know if you can't find it) then the HV job description and just relate all your transferable skills. Let us know how it goes!!!
I still have my numeracy test yet although I have been offered a place - they can always retract it should I fail it!! Still worried as know for me it's not a "done deal" yet and no idea what to expect re the numeracy test!!!

Pinkyblondeprincess Mon 25-Mar-13 20:04:12

Nervouslywaiting- thank you for all that information!!
It wasnt mentioned at the open day about bringing portfolio but maybe its just a given!!

Pinkyblondeprincess Mon 25-Mar-13 20:08:54

Nervouslywaiting- is the 'attributes of a HV' a document/spider chart on department of health website?
Thank u for the info x

Sydney69 Mon 25-Mar-13 20:14:28

Nervouslywaiting, the numeracy exam had rounding up, ratios, and basically everything on the example paper they had on the London deanery website . Essential keep a cool head, I know I lost 3 marks for really stupid mistakes.

Leah80 Mon 25-Mar-13 20:27:08

How did you show you had been working towards a hv career? Thanks

nervouslywating Mon 25-Mar-13 20:36:00

Pinkyblondeprincess yes that's it on the doh website. I found it really useful and used it to link transferable skills in my personal statement as well as for the interview.

As for relating my intention to move in to a HV career I had reflected on some personal learning I had done - safeguarding training and some reading on post natal depression - and put that I was interested in a move into this area - just that sort of thing. Annual mandatory training on safeguarding last yr in my reflection I also conveyed the same. It's something I had been thinking of for a while but I am sure you can slot something in somewhere. As I qualified rather a long time ago (20 yrs lol) reflecting isn't something we really did in our portfolios but luckily for me I always have done, and I put reflections In on every day happenings in my clinical workplace. I had been able to mention my intention to change career path in there.
Thanks for the numeracy test info!! I will go have a look now!!!

Pinkyblondeprincess Mon 25-Mar-13 22:06:50

5 hours on the essay and 800 words done..think this is going to take me forever!! Had to stop now as was seeing two computer screens lol.
Nervouslywaiting- congrats on getting a place- go on gcse bitesize for maths practice!!

Ps anyone have idea of types of questions might be asked at interview??

Moochi1986 Tue 26-Mar-13 11:55:36

Hi everyone!

I had my interview yesterday. Wow it was a very full on day but a great experience. I wasn't asked about policy's, healthy child programme, Field, Tickle, Allen, Munro or any research although I would recommend looking into current health issues in the UK! I wasn't asked about safeguarding which shocked me!!! Despite not getting asked about the above I mentioned that I had read them which demonstrated that I was well prepared. I felt that the interview was more about how you would deal with situations, what you are like as a person etc. Sell yourself and demonstrate how much you want it!!!! Be prepared to be asked about challenges you may have with studying and working and if you come from a Adult background.

I am now waiting for see if I have been offered a job!! Fingers, toes, legs crossed!

Good luck everyone and thank you for all your help!!!! Xxxx

Lpool123 Tue 26-Mar-13 19:36:26

Autumn daisy/ Laura 2013 have you heard from Ljmu? Or has anyone else? Still waiting nervously! X

tomvie Tue 26-Mar-13 21:50:45

Part of the course is 15 days of alternative practice which you orgnaise yourself and will be things like working with enviromental health, social worker, housing etc. You get 6 weeks holiday spilt into blocks of 3 weeks - well ours is. Unfortunately it doesn't really correspond with kids school holidays which is a bit of a pain. There will be room for negotiation on holidays which you usually sort out with your practice teacher. There is also study leave which some uni's organise as blocks or give it you every week. We have had a mixture which has worked out ok.

I got on course first time and now over half way through. Do think that some of you are getting a bit of a grilling. They shouldn't be expecting you to know everything that is why you are doing the course. Try to relax and be yourself as much as anything they are looking for personality. good luck everyone. There has been a recent report out by Sally Kendall called Why Health Visiting? try to google it as it is quite a useful read for interview and may help some of you for assignment..

lou221291 Tue 26-Mar-13 22:25:25

Hi all i have been following this forum for weeks now since i applied to become a student health visitor it was really useful for applying and i have been luckily enough to get two interview one at liverpool and one at manchester! Anybody else got interveiws here too?

Lpool123 Wed 27-Mar-13 08:10:55

Lou221291 when did you hear from liverpool? I'm still waiting hoping they'll email soon! X

AutumnDaisy Wed 27-Mar-13 08:49:11

Hi Lpool123, I'm still waiting to hear too!! :-/ Trying not to lose hope just yet! x

Lpool123 Wed 27-Mar-13 10:33:06

Oh are you, I rang up and they're still short listing! Hope we hear soon! Xx

AutumnDaisy Wed 27-Mar-13 10:56:53

Oh did you, thank you for letting me know! This waiting is driving me loopy! x

Pinkyblondeprincess Wed 27-Mar-13 11:04:57

3 days in and think i have finally finished my essay for application!! As sick of the sight of it lol but have worked really hard on it. Thank u for everyone's advice now just need to hand in next week and see if been short listed for interview!!

lou221291 Wed 27-Mar-13 11:36:37

I found out early last week but i applied straight to liverpool community health this might be why you havent heard anything just yet if you applied to the uni i wouldnt worry especially as they said there still shortlisting! Good Luck!

liscav Wed 27-Mar-13 14:50:20

hi all, wow this is great - i am a soon to be newly qualified childrens nurse and have an interview for Dorset healthcare trust with potential for study at Bournemouth university. Interview is 9th April - anyone else got interview for Dorset or had one ?

cath889 Wed 27-Mar-13 18:31:37

pinkyblondeprincess - how are you doing with your essay? finished? I passed the literacy and numeracy and my interview is next week, eek! I'm having problems as the dh website has been replaced with something else and I can''t find the nsf! maybe not any other documents either it was only shut down or moved yesterday sad
I live in Tunbridge Wells, I'm hoping the furthest I will have to go in Dartford to be honest smile
Has anyone else tried to get documents from the dh website today?

cath889 Wed 27-Mar-13 19:05:23

Torrie were you in the same room as me doing the literacy and numeracy test at Greenwich i the Mary Seacole building? I have my interview on wednesday, I'm so worried!

Leah80 Wed 27-Mar-13 20:39:14

Put the policy title in google and then click on the dh link then choose archieved result and you should find it x

Leah80 Wed 27-Mar-13 20:41:09‘Health Visiting Policy and its application to practice’ Please identify relevant policies to the Health Visiting service and choose one policy to apply to practice/DH_4094329

Here's the NSF link x

Lpool123 Wed 27-Mar-13 22:01:44

Got an interview for Birmingham but liverpool a would be ideal, need to hear tomorrow before the bank holiday weekend ha x

cath889 Wed 27-Mar-13 23:20:52

Thanks guys I found it in archive, I'm reading through at the same time as thinking of possible answers to potential questions I may be asked, my personal attributes, conflict resolution, transferable skills, what I could bring to health visiting and current government initiatives. The interview is 40 minutes long???

Pinkyblondeprincess Thu 28-Mar-13 07:20:19

Cath889- yes near enough finished essay! Taken me countless hours and days!!
Well done on passing lit and numeracy!
Think i will need to invest in some 'kalms' if i get an interview as my stomach is doing flips just thinking of the interview!!! Xx

Leah80 Thu 28-Mar-13 07:40:24

Hi thanks for all the advice from this thread but nerves got the better of me yesterday and I'm not very hopeful about gaining a place, I know my stuff but just went blank and I wasn't expecting the questions they asked. Now have a waiting game till next week to find out the decision. Really annoyed with myself but nothing I can do now. Fingers crossed for some more interviews at the other places I applied to x

JJonesx Thu 28-Mar-13 08:54:08

Hey all.. what a brilliant thread, so useful! I am a third year student nurse who has just applied for a student health visitor position! I have been lucky and I have got an interview! Although I am so nervous - I haven't had many interviews before!!

I don't even know where to start with the preparation for the interview! How many questions do they ask you? I am thinking about doing flash cards as a way of revising my answers to make sure their spot on however nerves will get the better of me I am sure..

Good luck to all of you smile x

Clareh37 Thu 28-Mar-13 11:25:35

Hi, I'm currently in my 3rd year mental health nursing. I've been sort listed for the hv post, and have an interview in 2 weeks am so nervous regarding the maths!! Any advice would be appreciated.... Not sure what to expect I'm quite surprised the interview is all day.

lancsy Thu 28-Mar-13 13:46:55

Hey everyone, this is a great thread indeed! To anyone that has been through the application process... was there a long wait after you were offered the post from the Trust until you had further information/details ect?? I had a telephone offer a a couple of weeks ago and not heard anything since. I am thrilled but just a bit nervous that I have nothing on paper yet. Any thoughts??? thanks! xx

Roco76 Thu 28-Mar-13 16:03:32

Hi all. First of all thank you for the informations and support that I had from all.Great thread !!!
Thank you Hats34 for all the info !!!
Finally I got the call today and I got the offer from the trust to start HV course in January 2014 with Oxford Brooke's Uni .
Good luck everybody with all the applications and interviews !!!
Lancsy I had first the offer from the uni strait after the interview I think it was next day and today I had the call and the email from the trust .I had my interview beginning of march .I think if they call you already you should not be worried , sometime it takes a while till they send the emails out .Anyway good luck !!!

lateSeptember1964 Thu 28-Mar-13 18:09:58

So glad I found this thread. I have been on the Returning to Work board as I am in the final stage of completing my Return to Practice. I have always wanted to be a Health Visitor but my nursing career and family life took me in a different direction. I am currently applying for HV training and have just done a draft of my statement so the help on here has been invaluable. Hope to get it all done and dusted this weekend with a view to hitting the send button on Monday. My main concern is that at 48 I am probably a bit to old.

Lotsofcake Thu 28-Mar-13 21:22:19

For those of you who are awaiting interviews I think the best thing is to think about 3 or 4 clinical scenarios that can be applied to questions regarding teamwork and leadership. Examples and linking practice to theory Is essential. I had my interview this week for oxford brookes and oxfordshire health trust and there was a lot of focus on leadership. The questions I was asked were fairly straightforward interview questions but they certainly grilled me on leadership. I think being able to show enthusiasm in a focused way is good idea and also believe you are the best person for the job. If you don't, no one else will. It all starts with number 1! Good luck to all. Great thread x

nervouslywating Thu 28-Mar-13 21:31:08

Lateseptember I am 45 and I've just been offered a place so I wouldn't worry about that :-) Good luck!

Pinkyblondeprincess Fri 29-Mar-13 09:14:38

Nervously waiting- congrats smile you must be chuffed!!

JJonesx Fri 29-Mar-13 09:49:35

Anyone had an interview for Birmingham community?? Xx

kasffe Fri 29-Mar-13 12:00:03

Hi all!

Great link. I have applied for Birmingham and found out u have a interview on the 16th April, they said its 9-5! Has anyone had a interview in Birmingham? Not quite sure what to expect with it being a whole day!

kasffe Fri 29-Mar-13 12:01:11

I* not u! Silly predictive text blush

Clareh37 Fri 29-Mar-13 14:31:27

Hi I've got an interview in birmingham on the 15th April.
Not sure what to expect as it's all day.

kasffe Fri 29-Mar-13 18:42:09

Clareh37 is it at Birmingham football ground? They've not given much away! I'm just reading a lot of relevant policies etc. r u taking ur portfolio? Mines so out of date but I read earlier on in the thread people took there's!

Clareh37 Fri 29-Mar-13 21:20:06

Hi kasffe, yes it's at birmingham football ground. The only portfolio I've got is my student ones lol!! I've done a lot of reading as well. Have decided I'm not going to spend 2 weeks stressing I cn only do my best

HVhopeful Sat 30-Mar-13 05:16:35

Hi everyone, does anyone have an interview for Walsall soon or had on in the past? I am preparing but I am nervous and don't know what to expect.

Leah80 Sat 30-Mar-13 11:15:47

Good luck to all the ladies who had interviews at Nottm the last two weeks, hopefully we won't have to wait too long. Typical that its a bank holiday which makes the wait longer x

laura2013 Sun 31-Mar-13 22:30:59

Still not heard from liverpool community health so guessing I've not been short listed sad x

Debs015 Mon 01-Apr-13 12:18:34

I am sending my essay off to CCU tomorrow, this thread has been invaluable! Im a midwife currently so fingers cossed!

Lpool123 Mon 01-Apr-13 14:28:44

Laura2013 I haven't heard either, still time xx

nervouslywating Mon 01-Apr-13 17:11:31

Hi everyone. I was at my interview from 9 til 1 but there was a lot of hanging around. We did the group interview first, then we all sat in a room where they came to get us when it was our turn so lots of time to kill. Sounds like they will be getting it over and done with in one full day instead of bringing you back

kasffe Mon 01-Apr-13 19:01:35

Nervouslywaiting where was that? Bolton? Does sound like it as I went to a open day in Warwickshire and that's over one morning/afternoon one day then they call u back at the end of the week for the proper formal interview x

kazlar Mon 01-Apr-13 22:06:39

Hi, I've got an interview April 15th in Bristol, so nervous. It's a group session for 45 mins, then if you are successful from that you get an interview!! Don't know what to expect at the group session. Thank you everyone for all the great tips in this thread. Has anyone got any more tips for the group session? Anyone else got an interview in Bristol? Good luck to those waiting to hear. x

Pinkyblondeprincess Mon 01-Apr-13 22:30:15

Devs015- im applying to CCCU too, how have u found the essay?
Wonder how long we will wait to hear for next stage. Good luck!

mummyh0003 Tue 02-Apr-13 10:43:59

Hi kazlar. I too have an interview in Bristol on 15th April. I am very nervous as I really want to get on the course. I'm not sure what to expect from the group session as I am a pretty quiet person in general and hate speaking in large groups. This thread has been really helpful though x

AutumnDaisy Tue 02-Apr-13 10:55:42

Hi Lpool123 and Laura2013, back to checking our emails every 5 minutes hey... :-/ x

Rockyroad1 Tue 02-Apr-13 12:07:05

Notts county are ringing back, I've just missed a call!! Best of luck ladies xx

kazlar Tue 02-Apr-13 15:52:29

Hi mummyh0003, are you doing the morning or afternoon interview? I'm in the afternoon, I know it's hard when your in a group and the pressure when you know you are being watched! Hopefully the topics we discuss will be easy to discuss. Did you go to the open day in the Marriott hotel? I really want to do the course aswell, fingers crossed xx

Rockyroad1 Tue 02-Apr-13 16:00:09

Has anyone elsr heard good news from Notts county? Xx

Hols16 Tue 02-Apr-13 20:58:56

Hi I've got a place at notts county!! Can't quite believe it!
Shocked but so happy. Thanks to the help I've had from this thread.
Good luck to everyone else. Keep applying if u don't get in first time. :-)

Dipsydean Tue 02-Apr-13 21:27:24

Hi I've applied to Dorset also but my interview and assessment is on 10th April. Really nervous about the group assessment! Best of luck on the 9th x

happylaws Tue 02-Apr-13 22:45:04

Hey AutumnDaisy, Lpool123 and Laura2013. I found this thread last week and have been meaning to post. I had applied to LCH too but had heard nothing I rang and discovered I wasn't successful sad They actually shortlisted beginning of last week sad I hadn't heard anything so I was told to ring HR by Sharon one of the facilitators. The number is 0844 324 5298....I think its option 1 for recruitment. Have your completed application form number ready and also the vacancy number (all on NHS jobs). I had some feedback from Trish (the lead) but I'm ringing her tomorrow for official feedback. I will post once I know. Hope this has helped. Let me know how you get on!! Good Luck girls xxx

Moochi1986 Wed 03-Apr-13 12:14:37


Has anone heard from Brighton or been to an interview yet? Xx

AutumnDaisy Wed 03-Apr-13 15:18:22

Thanks a lot happylaws, sorry you didn't get on the course this time. Did you apply through the university or the trust? I've just phoned admissions at the uni and they're still shortlisting! It'll be 6 weeks on Fri since the closing date, they must've had a lot of applicants! xx

Mel100 Wed 03-Apr-13 16:25:13

Hi everyone, Is there anyone who had an interview at London Deanery or waiting for interview date?

mummyh0003 Wed 03-Apr-13 19:11:54

Hi kazlar. I am in the morning. I just wanted to get it over with so chose the first one I could. I didn't go to the open day, I didn't realise that there was one. Do you have any helpful tips or advice that they may have given you? Good luck with the interview x

Tink64 Wed 03-Apr-13 19:42:40

I found nursing calculations practice on this website :

helle1066 Wed 03-Apr-13 20:13:43

Hi Moochi1986

Just joined this thread! I had a interview at Brighton last week and was told it would be about 5 weeks before we will find out whether we have an offer. Have you heard already??

highlyfavoured Thu 04-Apr-13 00:08:12

hie guys. ive got an interview at birmingham football club on the 16 april. anyone who's had interview with them?? tips please. am really excited to have been shortlisted at the same very nervous as i really want it so badly. Also anyone applied to Derby, whos heard anything yet??

Leah80 Thu 04-Apr-13 07:37:10

I applied to Derby, not heard anything since the questionnaire on values, did you get one of those to complete? They should all have been in on the 3rd April so now just waiting to see if I get an interview. Also waiting for nottm City which would be my first choice as its closest for me but not bothered really x

highlyfavoured Thu 04-Apr-13 13:52:17

@ Leah80 I also completed that questionnaire @ derby and am nervously waiting. Stil waiting for notts city too. Hw did ur notts county go, I wasn't short listed tho?

Leah80 Thu 04-Apr-13 15:46:17

highlyfavoured looks like we are waiting to hear from both then. Thank you for asking, apparently I did very well at county but wasn't offered a place as I let myself down on two questions though, which is slightly annoying, especially as I hate presentations and they said that it was very good and detailed. Fingers crossed for some other interviews as looks like I may be jobless otherwise if I don't get a place as it appears my work are replacing me before I've even been offered a place!! x

Rockyroad1 Thu 04-Apr-13 17:40:29

Goodness Leah80 that's harsh. Can they actually do that? Xx

Leah80 Thu 04-Apr-13 18:26:24

Yes hun coz I'm only on a bank contract but usually work set days. Already lost my Friday and looks like possibly my Monday will be going too. Would have been nice to have been consulted though as I may have been able to up my hours if they were really that short staffed but no one has even explained that that's the case. I'm not sure what I'm going to do if I don't get a place as its not easy to find other jobs which are flexibly when you have 3 kids and a hubby on shifts. Looks like we will have to cut back until I can get a place x

Smartypants123 Thu 04-Apr-13 22:15:13

I have also applied to Derby and completed the questionnaire not heard anything yet or from Staffordshire. Wish they would get a move on and let us know. The waiting is awful.

lancsy Thu 04-Apr-13 23:18:33

Anyone heard from surrey yet who went to the interview???xx

Moochi1986 Fri 05-Apr-13 13:35:11

Hi Lancsy When was your interview? I was interviewed late march and got told I would hear after Easter!! I have another friend waiting to hear from surrey to.

Helle1066 I applied to both Brighton and surrey but one interview! So I didn't need to re interview. How did you find the interview? Xxxx

Lpool123 Fri 05-Apr-13 18:55:00

Still waiting to hear from Ljmu, they are still short listing can't believe it! Xx

Bella01372 Fri 05-Apr-13 19:03:47

Hi moochi and lancsy, my interview is in 2 weeks time for surrey. Have you both interviewed and waiting to hear?

JJonesx Fri 05-Apr-13 20:16:40

Hey all smile
Has anyone been to an interview which has group activity's? Never had an interview which incorporates them before? xx

cath889 Fri 05-Apr-13 20:26:10

Hi all had an interview at Greenwich on Wednesday and got a place!! They told us on the day so didnt have to wait, So chuffed, they asked about my current role a lot and transferable skills, and surprised us with an essay type scenario too, thanks so much for this thread, I start in January and can't wait! Good luck to all that are waiting and those who have got a place xx

Pinkyblondeprincess Fri 05-Apr-13 21:27:24

Congrats cath889!!! You must be chuffed smile
I handed my essay into cccu this week waiting to hear if i get interview, hope to do as well as you smile

Moochi1986 Fri 05-Apr-13 22:25:46

Hi Bella01372

I have had an interview and I am waiting to hear. Which trust have you got the interview for? Xx

lancsy Sat 06-Apr-13 08:54:26

Hi Bella01372 and Moochi1986,

I have been offered the place with Surrey I am over the moon! Just need to apply to the university again but have already had my interview with them in the first round.

Best of luck to you both, hopefully we will be studying together! Let me know how you get on xxx

HVhopeful Sat 06-Apr-13 13:01:56

For those who have done the numeracy and literacy tests, can you tell me if you are allowed a calculator please. I am trying to practice without one but I just want to know exactly what to expect. Thanks alot.xx

Leah80 Sat 06-Apr-13 14:20:58

For anyone interested I've started a closed Facebook group for people to share ideas and advice on gaining a place on the course and for students to share advice or ask questions. I've noticed there's not much around for student hv unlike with nursing and midwifery. I will updating the group when I can and will be adding useful documents in due course. Hope no one minds me posting smile x

Leah80 Sat 06-Apr-13 14:22:50

Sorry wrong link x

kazlar Sat 06-Apr-13 17:19:32

Hi Leah80, What a great idea, I've just requested to join the group on Facebook, I have an interview on 15th April, would be grateful to have any tips/advice.

Mummyh003 good luck with your interview on 15th, the open day was really good, they talked a lot about innovation, about what to expect on the course and about the health visitor implementation plan. Let me know how you get on smile

Leah80 Sat 06-Apr-13 17:35:06

kazlar thank you and I've accepted your request, there's not much at the moment but would be great to build up a useful group which others can use to get information and advice.
Good luck with your interview x

kazlar Sat 06-Apr-13 20:14:40

Thanks Leah80 xx

Moochi1986 Sat 06-Apr-13 21:24:08

Hi Lancsy

Congratulations.... Is this through Virgin Care? I applied to Sussex Trust!! Still waiting to hear ;-( xxxx

happylaws Sun 07-Apr-13 11:08:21

Ive requested the group on facebook too!!

I went through all these posts the other night and started to compile lists of application support, interview questions asked, scenarios, reading lists, useful websites etc. its all scribble at the moment but I want to put it in some order to help me prepare.........I will post on here to summarise as soon as I get a chance. In the meantime if anyone has anything else to add that would be great!! I have found these posts extremely useful and I believe that if we all really keep trying and helping each other then we will get there in the end smile

happylaws Sun 07-Apr-13 11:56:38

Ive just joined the facebook group and we have already began to add some of the documents. Brilliant idea Leah xxx

Leah80 Sun 07-Apr-13 12:33:11

happylaws thank you for joining and helping, I was going to go through the posts and do similar. I agree that together we can help each other x

liscav Sun 07-Apr-13 14:00:46

hey all, i have also requested to join the facebook page smile grand idea !!
i have interview in Bournemouth on Tuesday, which im starting to panic about sad
i have been/am reading everything i can but sort of having a feeling none of its going in.
i have group discussion before individual interview, and although i am a mother, a mature student and have a health visitor for a mum, i am newly to be qualified childrens nurse and feel slightly out of my league with all the other well experiened nurses that will be there.
what do you think the group discussion will be about ? hcp or call to action maybe ?

kazlar Sun 07-Apr-13 15:54:01

Hi Liscav, I have to do a group session for interview aswell in Bristol, I was wondering if it might be scenarios or something, perhaps on current topics for improving health like - obesity in children, whooping cough, tooth decay. These were mentioned in an open day which I attended for health visiting. Would appreciate you let me know how your interview go's, as mine is a week Monday. Good Luck smile

Lpool123 Sun 07-Apr-13 17:41:59

I attended an interview with a group discussion and we had to discuss obesity for 25 minutes, we had an article to refer to as well. I loved it it was by far the best bit of the interview! X

Lpool123 Sun 07-Apr-13 17:42:14

15 minutes even haha x

Lpool123 Sun 07-Apr-13 17:44:37

Is anyone still waiting to hear from liverpool? X

JJonesx Sun 07-Apr-13 17:46:51

@Lpool123, do you have a health visitor in your group when you discussed the topic? and do you have specific questions to answer and discuss or just the topic in general - what we think about it etc? xxxx

AutumnDaisy Sun 07-Apr-13 20:52:12

Lpool123 I'm still waiting... I'm sure it said they were interviewing in April. I just hope they give us enough time to prepare. I know last year they had to complete an assignment and prepare a presentation for the interview! x

lou221291 Sun 07-Apr-13 21:20:26

Hi autumndaisy and Lpool123 i have my interview for liverpool next week? when you guys say you have applied to the university is this for the bursary route? i have to do a presentation for mine!
Hope you find out soon!

cath889 Sun 07-Apr-13 21:25:39

Hvhopeful most hv said no calculator, I found bbc skillswise helpful, and if you type into google health visitor literacy nd numeracy there are a few links to some sample papers.
Pinkyblondeprincess thanks! Fingers crossed for you too! X

happylaws Sun 07-Apr-13 21:40:20

Hey lou221291, autumndaisy, Lpool123. I spoke with JMU last week and they were still shortlisting. Its Liverpool community Health that are interviewing next week!! lou221291 you have done fantastic to get an interview!!! Trish said there was 175 applicants and only 64 are getting interviewed for 30 spaces. I'm just gutted I only found out the day before the closing date sad I got the gist of the personal statement totally wrong!! sad and it was so rushed I literally had to do it overnight!! But good luck with your interview!!! What have you had do your presentation on? xxx

lou221291 Sun 07-Apr-13 22:17:09

Happylaws Thank you so much i was very suprised that i got an interview really! its on the role of the health visitor i think this is the general thing as i have an interview for central manchester and its on the same topic. Have you also applied to JMU? if so what is this for?

happylaws Sun 07-Apr-13 22:32:36

Lou221291 I only applied to LCH not directly through to JMU. Its been a massive disaster for me really sad Just hope I get a chance for interview next year. Have you joined the facebook group? we've added all kinds to it already its great smile

Leah80 Sun 07-Apr-13 22:41:12

Yes come on over and join the group, all welcome and I've added a link to this thread onto the Facebook board as well x

gemmum Mon 08-Apr-13 01:56:34

Hi, I've enjoyed reading all your very useful advice. i applied to Manchester and Chester, I've an interview at Manchester on 24th April but not heard anything from Chester so presuming I wasn't shortlisted. I've applied to join your Facebook group as it sounds great for ideas/support but hoping it does not appear on my wall as I've not told anyone at work, eeek

Leah80 Mon 08-Apr-13 06:21:03

gemmum don't worry it's a closed group so shouldn't appear on your wall and anyone not in the group cannot see posts so its completely safe x

Bella01372 Mon 08-Apr-13 07:42:59

Hi moochi, my interview is with central Surrey. I have already had the group assessment day.

gemmum Mon 08-Apr-13 09:30:14

Thanks Leah.

JJonesx Mon 08-Apr-13 10:12:24

Hello smile I have been asked to attend an assessment center. I dunno what to expect? ahh is it a maths/english test?? xx

rachox Mon 08-Apr-13 13:23:35

Hi all. Just wanted to say a huge thankyou to everyone who has contributed to this thread. I've been following it for months having applied for health visiting training in Bristol last year. Unfortunately I wasn't offered a place but have an interview on 15th april for the course this year. Fingers are well and truly crossed and think I'm well prepared in terms of what I've read but my nerves will no doubt get the better of me and I'll forget most of it! The thing that is worrying me most at the moment is talking about examples of innovative practice. It's nice to know I'm not alone. Good luck everyone.

HVhopeful Mon 08-Apr-13 14:02:36

Thanks cath889. I have a few if the sample test do u will continue to practice without my calculator. Thanks. Xx

Pommymumof3 Mon 08-Apr-13 22:13:30

Hi everyone, what a fantastic thread! I'm currently a community midwife but have an interview for the student HV course next week. I haven't been asked to write an essay or prepare a presentation so hoping they don't have something equally as nasty up their sleeves smile

Leah80 Tue 09-Apr-13 07:01:46

Pommymumof3 where is your interview? Good luck x

thereds Tue 09-Apr-13 11:50:25

Just to let everyone know who is waiting to here from Knowsley I contacted LJMU today and they have finished short listing, emails are going out today and tomorrow........I was successful, interviews 24,25,26 April. Hope this helps x

Leah80 Tue 09-Apr-13 12:16:37

I wish Derby and Nottm would hurry up with their shortlisting, I'm so impatient. Has anyone else heard? X

juneybean Tue 09-Apr-13 12:19:16

I've just sent my friend a link to your group as she has been accepted for September at Bedfordshire.

Rainbow24 Tue 09-Apr-13 12:25:36

Hey! this thread is great! smile i was just wondering if anyone has interveiw at birmingham, and what perperation you have done... iv read about the call to action as one of my friends said thats really important and the health child programme, theres so much more i feel like i need to read up on Im so nervous about it! eeeek!

AutumnDaisy Tue 09-Apr-13 16:07:04

Hi thereds, well done! Thanks for the info. I'm still waiting to hear! Keeping my fingers crossed for good news. Is it just an interview or do you have to do a presentation or anything? I'm nervous now! x

Smartypants123 Tue 09-Apr-13 16:32:27

Hi Leah, not heard anything yet from Derby either. I also wish they would hurry up!

Dipsydean Tue 09-Apr-13 17:41:27

Hi has anybody applied to and heard from Somerset or Devon trusts yet? I'm still waiting to hear if I've been shortlisted. I've an interview for southampton tomorrow but not looking forward to it at all. I'm so nervous and apprehensive about the group discussion as I have no idea what to expect. Good luck to everyone awaiting shortlisting and prepping for interviews. This thread has been a great help! X

nervouslywating Tue 09-Apr-13 18:12:45

Hi all I will be requesting to join your fb group. I still haven't heard when my numeracy test is - am worried sick that I will flunk it after getting a place on the course - which would be awful!!!!

Littlebitwoo Tue 09-Apr-13 18:17:51

Hello all I've been watching this thread and its really helpful. Currently waiting to hear from Nottingham and Stafford...fingers crossed. Does anyone know when they send out interview invites?

Lou4148 Tue 09-Apr-13 19:02:00

Hi everyone, just wondering if anyone out there has an interview with Worcester or Hereford? Worcester is on Friday and Hereford on Tuesday next week. Hereford is ALL day.....😳 With a group discussion to develop a presentation on The search for Health Needs in relation to Health Visitor Practice.
Anyone got any ideas? Would be really grateful.
It says that you will need to bring evidence with you to the interview... I assume that means the research you have done on the subject?
Wondering whether I should prepare a presentation in advance?
Sooooooo nervous, surprised I got two interviews but there's only 5 places going in Hereford and I've only just completed my return to practice course.
Anyhow, fingers crossed and good luck to everyone going for interviews!

mumalike Tue 09-Apr-13 21:20:58

Hello girls, really need your help regards HV training. I have ipplied last year and did not attend interview as I have decided to speend sometime in Brazil. When I returned in January, I reaplied and did not attended the assessment. Yesterday, I have received any email, givin me a new date for an assessment. I think I am going to take the chance to apply for HV trainning. As I am new qualified LD nurse, with an experience in the field, I am really scare of interview!!Last assessment that i did not attend was in Borough as I have applied for university in London.
I want to finally attend the assessment but I WOULD LIKE tips from your esperience on maths and English assessment and questions that they have asked during interview.
Thank you all
please help me!!!

Pinkyblondeprincess Wed 10-Apr-13 09:19:39

Got an interview friday!!! smile
Am really nervous though, what shall i prepare? Essay i had to write covered theories Monroe etc so thinking to revise HV plan, HCP, current health issues etc

Debs015 Wed 10-Apr-13 10:58:52

I have an interview at cccu 19th April!feeling nervous as didn't think I would hear anything!

cath889 Wed 10-Apr-13 11:33:38

Hi pinkyblondeprincess congrats!! They asked me a lot about my current role, what I'm proud of, conflict resolution, what I can bring to health visiting, I reckon you will get the same lady I did as she is head of Kent community health, remember to look at the 6cs and compassionate care, I strongly advise this! Hope this helps xx

LolFC Wed 10-Apr-13 13:26:27

Hi moochi, I have an interview at Brighton on the 25th Apr (this is probably why you have to wait so long before you hear if you were successful). What can I expect from the interview? Also I've never had a group interview before - how does it work?
For those of you who have applied to London deanery, I also have an interview there on the 15th Apr so if anyone has been please let me know how it went. I'm equally happy to help anyone who goes after me...

AutumnDaisy Wed 10-Apr-13 16:22:58

Liverpool ladies (and ?gents), I just rang LJMU. Decisions are to be sent out in the next few days...! Nervous.

iberostar Wed 10-Apr-13 17:09:36

Has anyone been interviewed by lch?

Rosanna12 Wed 10-Apr-13 18:10:39

Hi Autumn Daisy, did you mean that Liverpool JM uni are making decisions in the next few days for actual places? I had an interview with them on monday, and am anxiously waiting to hear! Thanks xx

iberostar Wed 10-Apr-13 18:15:47

rosanna12, what was the interview like?

what questions did they ask?