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Head of Midwifery/Lead Midwife

Job Description

Finegreen are currently working with a large NHS Trust based in South East England, looking to appoint a senior midwife on an interim basis to work as Head of Midwifery for an initial period of 3 months, but likely to extend.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Ensure that care delivered to women and their babies is safe, evidence based and meets their individual needs;

  • Manage the midwifery service, encompassing both acute and primary care settings to provide a seamless integrated pathway of care for a service that spans pregnancy, delivery and the postnatal period;

  • The post holder will be the line manager for the Midwifery Matrons, Consultant Midwife, Deputy Head of Midwifery, safeguarding midwives and the safeguarding nurse for children; through line management will develop a culture of accountability and effective performance management throughout the service;

  • Working with the Trust’s Quality and Patient Safety Team, ensure appropriate clinical governance, risk management, quality and safety arrangements are in place for Women’s, Children’s and Sexual Health Services;

  • Lead the workforce planning process for maternity services, ensuring appropriate skill mix and safe staffing levels. Lead on recruitment and retention initiatives to ensure all possible measures are taken to maximise staffing levels and service safety;

  • Ensure that there is an effective system for communication in place to share information across all levels of the service;

  • Maintain effective relationships with Consultants and GP’s on clinical and Trust issues;

  • Work with members of the LMS to implement the National Maternity Transformational work and the national maternity targets set for maternity by NHS England;

  • Provide innovative, professional leadership, advice and guidance for midwifery in the Trust. Ensure the professional contributions of midwives are optimised in order to achieve the Trust’s business and strategic goals, in accordance with service users’ needs and nationally and locally determined standards.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Registered Midwife; currently on NMC Register;

  • Ideally hold MSc level midwifery qualification / post graduate management qualification;

  • A proven track record of operational service management at a senior level in an acute hospital environment, including staff management, financial management and change management;

  • Clear and thorough knowledge of midwifery issues, including statutory frameworks and national policies.

If you are interested in the role, please contact Donna Larder on 0161 2419674 or send your to