Values-based recruitment and the NHS Constitution: making sure student midwives meet the brief

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Since publication of the findings from the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (Francis, 2013), which identified levels of substandard care and failings from staff in exhibiting core values such as care and compassion, it became evident that improvements in levels of care were needed. In response, Health Education England (2014) published its national values-based recruitment (VBR) framework to encourage higher education institutions to complement their existing recruitment processes with VBR, to ensure applicants to undergraduate health-care programmes, such as midwifery, demonstrate values aligning with the principles of the NHS Constitution (Department of Health, 2015). This article will discuss how the University of Northampton piloted the integration of the VBR framework into its interview process through adopting a multiple mini interview approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)818-820
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number11
Early online date9 Nov 2015
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Nov 2015


  • Values Based Recruitment (VBR)
  • The NHS Constitution
  • Pre-registration midwifery education
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
  • NHS
  • Student midwives
  • Midwifery
  • Recruitment


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