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Writing a personal statement for a nursing course application

This is your chance to set yourself apart from the competition – sell yourself.



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Your UCAS personal statement is your chance to set yourself apart from the competition.

First of all, remember your personal statement should be personal. This is your chance to sell yourself and explain to the university why you are a potential Nurse or Midwife of the future.

You should avoid plagiarising content from another applicant’s personal statement – even if you have their permission. UCAS uses similarity detection software to highlight any duplication to universities and it could lead to your application being rejected.



Treat it like an essay. Before you start writing, take the time to make bullet points of everything you want to include and order them in terms of importance – those 4000 characters are quickly consumed.

Make sure you have done your research – look at the admissions criteria and read through the professional standards that are set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Your personal statement should flow and have a clear introduction and ending.

Be honest! Exaggerating or including fictional situations in your application could catch you out at a later point.

This is a formal piece of writing. While we encourage you to be open and honest, you should try to avoid writing in a casual style.

Play to your strengths.

Tell them who you are.

Discuss the personal values and qualities you hold that are needed to become a good nurse or midwife and show evidence of these.

There is likely to be some emphasis on a values-based selection process demonstrate how your own values and behaviors align with the seven core values of the NHS Constitution.

Only mention interests or hobbies that reveal something relevant about you.

Avoid being too generic – “I am a caring person” or “I like caring for people” doesn’t offer the admissions tutor any insight.

Why do you want to be a Nurse or Midwife?

Speak with passion but try to avoid clichés.

There is so much more to nursing and midwifery than giving our medications or delivering a baby – show you understand the reality of being a registered healthcare professional in the twenty-first century.

Demonstrate you understand the demands the course will have – placements with a mixture of shifts alongside academic writing and practical learning.

Speak about any existing care experience you might have that gives you an insight into the role.

If you have attended an open day or recruitment event – mention it.

Relevant interests, skill and experience.

Don’t simply list things you have done – you need to relate it to the course or profession.

Transferable skills are key. Take any relevant interests, skills and experience you have and demonstrate how they are transferable to your chosen career.

Discuss and evidence your communication, organisational, and time management skills.

Mention key professional issues.

Taking a look at one of the many nursing or midwifery professional magazines or speak to a registered nurse or midwife who can help you identify any current professional issues – but try to stay away from politics.

Ensure you relate any relevant content to the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Conduct alongside professional values such as the ‘SIx C’s’.

Talk about your ambitions.

The competition for nursing and midwifery courses is fierce, and consequently, they want to ensure only candidates who genuinely want to become a nurse are successful.

You don’t have to have a dedicated ‘five-year plan’ but having an idea of what interests you about the profession is a good start.

Make it clear you would strike to provide good quality and evidence-based care.


Avoid getting caught up in the moment and submitting your application without checking it.

Correct spelling and grammar is absolutely vital and demonstrates you have taken care and attention on your application.

Try to include in-line citations if you refer to a study, document, policy or procedure.

Clinical Updates

Induction framework for General Practice Nurses launched

It also provides guidance for practices employing General Practice Nurses.



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The document provides a framework for both new and experienced general practice nurses.

NHS England, in collaboration with The QNI, has launched a new Induction Template for General Practice Nursing.

The Induction Template is has been designed to enable employers to ensure that nurses in a first career destination role in General Practice are well supported when taking their first career step in primary care.


Not just useful for newly qualified nurses, the 51-page document provides an induction framework for all new general practice nurses, enabling them to develop key skills required for the role.

It also provides guidance for practices employing General Practice Nurses.

Nursing associates, health care assistants and student nurses preparing for a primary care placement may also find the template useful.

A great start to a long and exciting career’.

The author of the document, Queen’s Nurse and experienced nursing mentor and educator, Sharon Aldridge-Bent said; “Developing this template highlighted the urgent need for a comprehensive induction and orientation programme for all nurses new to general practice.

“This most certainly will assist with recruitment and retention of nurses in the primary care setting.”

Paul Vaughan, Head of Nursing Now England, responsible for the delivery of the GPN Ten Point Plan, said: “this new resource will enable employers to ensure they provide nurses new to general practice with a really good experience of working in the sector and ensure they have a great start to their long and exciting career working general practice.”

The resource underpinned by General Practice – developing confidence, capability and capacity – A ten-point action plan for General Practice Nursing (2017) contributes towards the overall strategic goals outlined in the General Practice Five Year Forward View.

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Agenda for Change NHS Pay Scales & Bands 2019/20

The NHS Agenda for Change Pay system covers all staff except doctors, dentists, and very senior managers.



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The Agenda for Change NHS Pay Scale system covers all staff except doctors, dentists, and very senior managers.

The table below shows the transitional NHS Agenda for Change pay scales and bands for England in the 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years. This transitional period started on the 1st of April 2018 following the NHS Pay Deal.

Full details of the new pay arrangements are available in the NHS terms and conditions of service handbook.


Agenda for Change Pay Scales & Bands

Spine points have been phased out following the 2018 changes to the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service – thee have been replaced by years of service at that band.

The information below was accurate at the time of publication. 

Years of Experience2018/192019/202020/21
Band 1< 1 year£17,460£17,652£18,005
1+ years£17,460£17,652£18,005
Band 2< 1 year£17,460£17,652£18,005
1-2 years£17,460£17,652£18,005
2-3 years£17,460£17,652£19,337
3-4 years£17,460£17,652£19,337
4-5 years£17,460£17,652£19,337
5-6 years£17,787£17,983£19,337
6+ years£18,702£19,020£19,337
Band 3< 1 year£17,787£18,813£19,737
1-2 years£17,787£18,813£19,737
2-3 years£18,429£18,813£21,142
3-4 years£18,608£18,813£21,142
4-5 years£19,122£19,332£21,142
5-6 years£19,700£19,917£21,142
6+ years£20,448£20,795£21,142
Band 4< 1 year£20,150£21,089£21,892
1-2 years£20,150£21,089£21,892
2-3 years£20,859£21,089£21,892
3-4 years£21,582£21,819£24,157
4-5 years£22,238£22,482£24,157
5-6 years£22,460£22,707£24,157
6+ years£23,363£23,761£24,157
Band 5< 1 year£23,023£24,214£24,907
1-2 years£23,023£24,214£24,907
2-3 years£23,951£24,214£26,970
3-4 years£24,915£26,220£26,970
4-5 years£25,934£26,220£27,416
5-6 years£26,963£27,260£27,416
6-7 years£28,050£28,358£30,615
7+ years£29,608£30,112£30,615
Band 6< 1 year£28,050£30,401£31,365
1-2 years£28,050£30,401£31,365
2-3 years£29,177£30,401£33,176
3-4 years£30,070£32,525£33,176
4-5 years£31,121£32,525£33,176
5-6 years£32,171£32,525£33,779
6-7 years£33,222£33,587£33,779
7-8 years£34,403£34,782£37,890
8+ years£36,644£37,267£37,890
Band 7< 1 year£33,222£37,570£38,890
1-2 years£33,222£37,570£38,890
2-3 years£34,403£37,570£40,894
3-4 years£36,111£37,570£40,894
4-5 years£37,161£38,765£40,894
5-6 years£38,344£38,765£41,723
6-7 years£39,656£40,092£41,723
7-8 years£41,034£41,486£44,503
8+ years£43,041£43,772£44,503
Band 8A< 1 year£42,414£44,606£45,753
1-2 years£42,414£44,606£45,753
2-3 years£44,121£44,606£45,753
3-4 years£45,827£46,331*£45,753
4-5 years£47,798£48,324*£45,753
5+ years£49,969£50,819£51,668
Band 8B< 1 year£49,242£52,306£53,168
1-2 years£49,242£52,306£53,168
2-3 years£51,737£52,306£53,168
3-4 years£54,625£55,226*£53,168
4-5 years£57,515£58,148*£53,168
5+ years£59,964£60,983£62,001
Band 8C< 1 year£59,090£61,777£63,751
1-2 years£59,090£61,777£63,751
2-3 years£61,105£61,777£63,751
3-4 years£63,966£64,670*£63,751
4-5 years£68,256£69,007*£63,751
5+ years£71,243£72,597£73,664
Band 8D< 1 year£70,206£73,936£75,914
1-2 years£70,206£73,936£75,914
2-3 years£73,132£73,936£75,914
3-4 years£76,707£77,550*£75,914
4-5 years£80,606£81,493*£75,914
5+ years£85,333£86,687£87,754
Band 9< 1 year£84,507£89,537£91,004
1-2 years£84,507£89,537£91,004
2-3 years£88,563£89,537£91,004
3-4 years£92,814£93,835*£91,004
4-5 years£97,269£98,339*£91,004
5+ years£102,506£103,860£104,927

This information has been taken directly from NHS Employers. Each individual pay journey may differ slightly from the numbers above – this is due to one-off consolidated payments, removal of pay points and the complexities of the deal. You should use the Agenda for Change NHS Employers Pay Journey Tool for individualised figures.

Living in London?

Agenda for Change staff living in or around London will receive a supplementation on their basic pay. This is due to the increase in living costs associated with life in London.

  • Staff living in inner London will receive an extra 20% of basic salary.
  • Staff living in outer London will receive an extra 15% of basic salary.
  • Staff living on the fringe of London will receive an extra 5% of basic salary.

Depending on the trust you work for this is either integrated into your basic pay amount of shown on your payslip as a supplementary payment.

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