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FdSc Nursing Associate and FdSc Assistant Practitioner

FdSc Nursing Associate and FdSc Assistant Practitioner

Applicants will participate in a carousel of 4 mini-interviews which are conducted by representatives from the programme team, Practice Learning Partners and the People Who Use Services Group. 

The School of Health and Wellbeing use a values-based approach to help attract and select students whose personal values and behaviours align with the values of the profession and the organisation. We don’t just recruit individuals for their skills and competence, but also look at how their own values align with those of the National Health Service and those of the University.

This process is in line with the Francis Report, which emphasised the need for a culture shift in the NHS and the importance of a common set of values. Evidence suggests that values-based recruitment is good recruitment practice and students with the right values are more likely to:

  • Work efficiently in teams to deliver excellent patient care
  • Enhance the patient experience
  • Experience greater job satisfaction

Each applicant will be asked the same structured question in each interview and will be scored using a clear rubric.  Each interview will last between 5-7 minutes. 

Scores across all stations will be tallied and used along with the personal statement and application information, to make an informed offer decision. As a candidate, you must display both the ability to develop the competence required of the role, as well as the values required by the NHS.


Interview preparation

In preparation for your interview, think about how you would evidence

  • Working Together for Patients
  • Respect and Dignity
  • Everyone Counts
  • Commitment to Quality of Care
  • Compassion
  • Improving Lives

Feedback should be offered to you whether or not you are offered a place on the programme or not and will use the evidence gathered by the interview team during the interview. Please feel free to request feedback if you feel this is something that could help you in your continued professional development.


Qualifications, DBS documents and online health check

You will need to provide copies of any qualifications already achieved and identification documents for a DBS check to prior to your interview date. 

As part of DBS checking guidelines, we are required to see physical copies of the DBS documents and we ask to see these at the initial interview stage. Please bring original versions of the documents that you will you scan and send to us in advance of the interview.

If you are successful at interview and accept an offer with us, we will be in touch regarding your DBS check and online health assessment. We will send you information about applying for a DBS check through Marjon - you cannot apply for this independently.

Please see your interview invitation letter for further information about the documents you need to send us and if you have any queries, please email .