School of Health and Care Professions

Our Values

Applying for a course


We endeavour to ensure that the students we recruit to our health and social care courses have the right values and demonstrate appropriate behaviours. For these courses we ensure that the values within the NHS Constitution are embedded throughout our admissions materials and processes and are an essential part of the curricula.

The Values of the University of Portsmouth are found in several places including:

What are we looking for on a personal statement?

  • Make the most of your course content and experiences that relate to your chosen course
  • Make it clear why are you interested in this profession
  • Identify what work experience or volunteering you have undertaken
  • Make the most of any directly relevant work experience or shadowing days
  • Where possible clearly identify behaviours that demonstrate that you have the right values base to work in a health or social care environment

What to expect at an interview

  • Areas will carry out a structured interview, normally with two or more interviewers. This may include a colleague from practice or a service user
  • Communication skills are vital
  • Be prepared and read around before the interview
  • Research the profession (professional body sites etc)
  • Research current news related the general area of health and social care
  • Be prepared to talk about any relevant work experience
  • Be prepared for questions around the NHS Constitution or value
  • Consider ‘what if’ scenarios. These may be clinically based
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions