I am a qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor with orthopaedic nursing and family planning qualifications. I have worked in a variety of settings including a ward sister for two years, several years as a staff midwife two years as a health visitor.
I became quality development officer for an NHS trust in 1990, a post that I held for about 4 years. I then retired on health grounds and had a break from work of approximately 9 years. During this time my registration lapsed, however in 2004 I returned to work as a regulation inspector for the CSCI. I have now completed my 3rd year.
We have now been advised that there are to be significant reductions in the workforce affecting all grades of staff. I would appreciate some advice as to what I could do now. I understand that there are shortages of midwives and health visitors although having perused your jobs pages there do not seem to be many opportunities at the moment.
The jobs pages may not show many opportunities for midwives and health visitors but in a lot of professions only a minority of jobs are advertised. Thus you might quite easily succeed by making speculative approaches to local organisations hospitals, group practices and clinics/hospitals in the private sector.
Ascertain the name of a manager or other appropriate person and write a 'speculative letter' (a sample of one is attached). This could lead to a networking (or 'getting-to-know-you) meeting from which you would gain the following benefits:
- Make a contact - and, most likely, get a referral
- Profile myself and, hopefully, promote myself
- Get information on:
- the company
- that industry/field
- my suitability/prospects
- that work environment
- my possible contribution
- Pick up 'vibes'
- Get a foot-in-the-door
- Perhaps get a job offer
- Get interview practice
I hope all this is helpful. If you would like assistance with your CV or any other advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch.