Band 5/6

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Role: Midwife

Midwives provide care and support to women and their families, during pregnancy, throughout labour and during the period after a baby’s birth. Band 5 is the entry level for all midwives.

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Level: Band 5/6

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Qualifications & skills to access role

Option 1 – BSc Midwifery: More information on Midwifery BSc here
Various health related Access Courses through Bradford, Keighley, Shipley and Craven Colleges are available to enter a degree course.

Option 2 – Degree apprenticeships: if offered by an employer
A Levels/BTEC or equivalent are required to enter a BSc degree course (including apprenticeship).

Option 3 – MSc Midwifery: for people with an existing nursing and non nursing degree – More information on Midwifery MSc here.
Note – 18 month top up courses supported by the employer are in development for people with a Nursing BSc to transfer to Midwifery.

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Useful experience

Working as a Maternity Support Worker

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  • Midwife band 6 — after about 18 months working as a Band 5, midwives can progress on to Band 6
  • Once at band 7 additional specialist opportunities available (click on Band 7 midwife for more info)
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Where I can work

Hospital maternity units, residents’ homes, birth centres, GP surgeries
More information on where midwives can work

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Associated roles

There are no directly associated roles to a Band 5/6 Midwife. However with more experience numerous opportunities present themselves.  See the Band 7 and Band 8 Midwife tabs.