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Band 6
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
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279 University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
All UHSx sites
Worthing and Chichester
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum pro rata
Salary period
31/10/2022 23:59

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Midwife 'Golden Hello £1000'

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 About our Trust

At UHSussex we’re proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK’s largest acute Trusts, we’re a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation with patient care at our core. Our hard-working, talented and dedicated people work together towards a common goal – to always put our Patient First.  In fact our mission is summed up by our ‘where better never stops’ motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We’re here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex. In the meantime make sure to check out our Patient First approach that runs through our core as you’ll get to know us better through this, our equality, diversity and inclusion pages which show just why being inclusive is so important to us and how our staff networks help drive change, and our staff wellbeing page that details the many ways in which we invest in your wellbeing.

Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity that includes a 'Golden Hello of £1000* to make a difference to the service users and their families we care for.  Come join our highly motivated but friendly Midwifery team, where commitment to providing high quality, holistic care is our passion.

This is an exciting yet challenging time, as we embrace a period of improvement and development.

We are looking for midwives to join our teams at Brighton, Hove and Haywards Heath, Chichester and Worthing,

We are therefore inviting self-motivated, dynamic, professional midwives with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to join our proactive, professional maternity team.  If you are a midwife who would like to be a part of our future and can meet this challenge, we welcome your interest in a post with us – please apply today!

All posts will include shift working (including night duty) and on call duty. The successful applicants will receive a comprehensive orientation programme and are assured that they will receive appropriate support.

* Golden Hello: This one-off incentive will be awarded based on your working hours per week. £250 (for up to 0.25 of whole-time equivalent hours), £500 (for 0.26 - 0.5 of whole time equivalent hours), £750 (for 0.51 - 0.75 of whole time equivalent hours), £1000 (for >0.75 of whole time equivalent hours) 

For further information on joining our Maternity team at UHSussex please view


Main duties of the job

The post holder will:

  • Be responsible as an autonomous practitioner for assessing, diagnosing and providing professional clinical midwifery care to  women during the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal stages without referral to a medical practitioner.
  • To ensure referral to the appropriate health professional  and to work in partnership with that health professional to ensure safe standards of care.


Working for our organisation

Diversity and inclusion at University Hospitals Sussex

At University Hospitals Sussex we nurture an inclusive culture that values diversity and empowers everyone to be their authentic self at work.

Our values of respect and inclusion are at our core and guide us in our day to day interactions with each other and our patients. We treat people as individuals – celebrating their differences and always taking the time to listen, and learn, from their experiences and perspectives.

We have active professional and social networking groups across our hospitals as well as wearing our accreditations and awards with pride. We are an accredited Disability Confident employer, welcome employees from the Armed Forces through the national ‘Veteran Aware’ scheme, and are proud to be both a Stonewall Diversity Champion employer and a NHS LGBTQI+ Rainbow Badges pilot Trust.

Whilst we celebrate these achievements, we remain true to our ‘where better never stops’ ethos and to our commitment to champion inclusion and to remove barriers to equality so everyone can feel free to be their authentic self.

Find out more about inclusion at University Hospitals Sussex on our website.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Communications and Relationship skills

The post holder is required to:

  • Establish and maintain relationships with the women, families and multidisciplinary team through excellent communication
  • Have the ability to motivate, negotiate and train others.
  • Demonstrate the ability to empathise and communicate unpleasant news sensitively.
  • Provide counselling and reassurance within their scope of responsibility. Where barriers and difficulties arise in exercising these skills early identification and referral will be expected.
  • Empower the woman to make informed choices whilst being aware of safeguarding issues and act as an advocate as necessary
  • Liaise and participate with child protection issues at all levels.

 Analytical and Judgemental skills

The post holder is required to:

  • Be experts in the provision and facilitation of physiological birth
  • Provide and facilitate the care of women with complex needs in partnership with the multidisciplinary team
  • Plan and implement individualised care whilst advocating for the women where necessary
  • Recognise, risk assess and report any deviation from the normal involving senior midwifery and medical staff
  • Take appropriate action in emergency situations and decide on the best course of action/treatment according to local policy.

Planning and Organisational skills

The post holder is required to:

  • Be aware of their role in the departmental and organisational structure.
  • To engage in activities which support the day to day running of the Maternity Department
  • Prioritise own time and workload to ensure priorities are met and quality is not compromised
  • Participate in the training, supervision and mentorship of junior colleagues and student midwives

Patient/Client Care

The post holder is required to:

  • Refer to departmental guidelines, as well as local and national policies whilst planning and implementing evidence based, safe, holistic care for the woman and her baby
  • Maintain effective relations with the multidisciplinary team to reassess, and evaluate care plans and promptly act to implement these changes
  • Take into consideration the needs of women as reported to the Trust through the Friends and Family test (FFT)
  • Maintain the NMC standards of record keeping.
  • Comply with the local trust documentation requirements (Maternity Records and IT systems) to ensure that records are maintained to reflect the care, treatment, advice and tests provided

Policy and Service Development Implementation

The post holder is required to:

  • Engage in any internal quality assurance and patient safety activities such as audits and incident reporting, whilst encouraging others to do the same.
  • Works to support the team and can be counted on when people ask for help or support
  • Monitors the quality of work in own area and alerts others to quality issues, reporting any errors or issues to the appropriate person
  • Be aware of planned service improvements, reading and commenting on draft proposals when aske

Financial and Physical Development (inc. equipment, stock etc)

The post holder is required to:

  • Uses trust resources with care, effectively and encourages others to do the same
  • Ensure that stock levels and equipment are maintained adequately

Human Resources (inc. developing and delivering training)

The post holder is required to:

  • Manage own case loads
  • Takes responsibility for meeting own development needs, attends annual appraisal and fully engages in all educational and development opportunities and maintains a record of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and professional portfolio
  • Enables opportunities for students and juniors to apply their developing knowledge and skills
  • Actively provides learning and development opportunities to students and actively contributes to the evaluation of the effectiveness of their learning/ and development opportunities
  • Be involved in undertaking annual appraisals and personal development plans where required.

Information Resources

The post holder is required to

  • To ensure data is recorded accurately and timely into maternity records and IT systems entered
  • Updating and maintaining information databases or systems
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Sharing information only when essential

Research and Development

The post holder is required to

Have an awareness of research activity that is happening within the department and contribute to this research when appropriate; be aware of new research and evidence based practice that could enhance the patient experience and patient care.


The post holder is required to

  • Maintains professional registration
  • Works within the limits of own competence and area of responsibility and accountability.
  • Work within the NMC Code and Standards of proficiency for midwives

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Midwife
  • 997/8 Mentorship Module or Equivalent
  • Diploma or equivalent portfolio of evidence
  • European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Modules 1,2,7 or equivalent
  • Current UK Driving Licence
Desirable criteria
  • Degree
  • Neonatal Advanced Life Support (NALS) / Advanced Life Support Obstetrics (ALSO) or equivalent
  • LEO
  • Child Protection Course


Essential criteria
  • Post Registration Practice and relevant competencies.
  • Proven skills and knowledge in all areas of clinical practice.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Happy to Talk Flexible WorkingVeteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Step into healthArmed Forces Covenant Gold Award

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Claire Harris
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