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Senior midwife
Grade
Band 7
Contract
Fixed term: 12 months
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
390-W&C-M-7210
Employer
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
NHS
Site
Broomfield
Town
Chelmsford
Salary
£40,057 Per Annum Pro Rata For Part Time
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
01/07/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Interim Midwifery Team Leader Band 7, WJC Birthing Unit

Band 7

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is now one of the largest trusts in the country, serving a population of 1.2 million people. Our newly formed Trust, comprising acute hospital sites at Broomfield in Chelmsford, Basildon and Southend,  is determined to provide the best health services for its local population. We are a well-led, high-performing and innovative organisation working in the best interests of the people we serve.

 

With a workforce of approximately 15,000 staff, we can now do more and go further in delivering health services to our local communities.  

 

Our ambition is to deliver excellent local and specialist services, to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, and provide a vibrant place for staff to develop, innovate and build careers.

 

Patients will experience improved care as well as fewer delays and cancellations.  We are able to provide more once-in-a-lifetime specialist care region-wide. With our new trust size will come more opportunities for development, research, networking and innovation.

 

We aim to make the most of our skills and experiences so we can become the best we can be. As one organisation we will recruit the finest and retain more specialist staff due to more employment opportunities across our Trust.

 

 

Job overview

This is an exciting secondment opportunity as senior midwife for WJC Maternity in Braintree. 

The post holder will be responsible for the 24 hour management and clinical leadership of the maternity team supporting the MDT of staff in both acute and primary care settings. She / he will be expected to provide high quality; women centred care in an efficient / effective manner 

As a team we care  about building trusting relationships with women to ensure a positive experience throughout their maternity journey. 

Main duties of the job

They post holder will lead a defined team of band 5&6 midwives, and maternity support workers, team build, organise others in their actions and set priorities, objectives and goals within their sphere of responsibility. They will be expected to performance manage both the activity and members of their team as required through the robust annual appraisal mechanism and HR processes. Although staff will rotate through the unit and day to day management of them will be required.

Lead by example, demonstrating a proven record of sound leadership, courtesy and diplomacy, when dealing with colleagues and the general public.

 

Working for our organisation

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is now one of the largest trusts in the country, serving a population of 1.2 million people. Our newly formed Trust, comprising acute hospital sites at Broomfield in Chelmsford, Basildon and Southend,  is determined to provide the best health services for its local population. We are a well-led, high-performing and innovative organisation working in the best interests of the people we serve.

With a workforce of approximately 15,000 staff, we can now do more and go further in delivering health services to our local communities.

Our ambition is to deliver excellent local and specialist services, to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, and provide a vibrant place for staff to develop, innovate and build careers.

 ‘one team, working together’.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This is an exciting role to lead the Continuity of Carer (CofC) and traditional teams and to 
support in the establishment of new CofC teams at our trust.


The post involves strategic and management focused responsibilities whilst teams are 
established and embedded into the service. Alongside this are some clinical expectations.

The post holder will be responsible for the 24 hour management and clinical leadership of 
the CofC teams supporting the MDT of staff in both acute and primary care settings. She / 
he will be expected to provide high quality women centred care in an efficient and effective 
manner and develop policies that optimise recruitment to the provision of CofC in 
collaboration with relevant stake-holders. The post holder, in collaboration with other team 
members, will be responsible for the continued implementation of the recommendations of 
Better Births.


They will be expected to lead a defined team of band 5&6 midwives and maternity support 
workers, team build, organise others in their actions and set priorities, objectives and goals 
within their sphere of responsibility. They will be expected to performance manage both the 
activity and members of their team as required through the robust annual appraisal 
mechanism and HR processes. Continuity staff may have to rotate into the consultant led 
unit and the successful post holder will remain in charge of their day to day management. 
Although staff will rotate through the unit and day to day management of them will be 
required, any Performa General
She / he will actively seek to ensure a defined team is allocated to provide a 24 hour service 
for the Continuity of Carer team and will be responsible for training and developing them to 
become confident and competent practitioners within their area of responsibility.
The success of the role will rely upon collaborative working with the community and hospital 
teams, service users, external stakeholders and networking with other CofC team leaders.
She / he will always practice in a safe, caring and professionally competent manner, in 
accordance with the Midwives Rules and Code of Practice and guidance from the NMC.


1. Communication 
Ensure effective communication with multi professional / multi agency teams. 
Promote and maintain effective working relationships with maternity services 
providers across the MSE. Ensure effective and transparent communication with patients, relatives, carers 
and staff, taking into consideration level of understanding, culture and background.
Raise and escalate concerns appropriately regarding quality and patient safety.
Respond to informal and formal complaints by patients, relatives or carers in the 
course of day-to-day duties, in line with local policy and procedures and escalate 
concerns you are unable to resolve to an appropriate person.
To promote an environment where women and family receive appropriate and timely 
information to facilitate informed choice and partnership in decision-making.
To ensure each woman’s cultural needs, privacy and dignity are respected at all 
times and provide appropriate services when needed

 

2. Analytical and Planning
Effectively manage the ward/department/sector midwifery resource, ensuring that 
staff rotas are able to deliver safe and effective patient care.
Assist with recruitment and selection processes for the ward/department.
Attend appropriate forums, cascading information both up and down the
service/organisation.


3. Clinical Duties
Practice at all times to be within the Midwifery Standards, NMC Code and
local policies and procedures.
Implement and maintain up-to-date research based professional knowledge 
ensuring that practice is based on research.
Be accountable for ensuring that agreed professional standards are reflected
in clinical practice within the designated area.
Function as a change agent to promote clinical excellence and innovation.


4. Policy and Service Development
Support and contribute to the development of patient care and midwifery practice 
within the Directorate. Supervising junior staff. 
Establish effective mechanisms for monitoring the standards of care delivered by 
the team and ensure the results are disseminated. 
Undertake investigations in line with Trust Policies and where appropriate take 
action accordingly.


5. Financial and Physical Resources

Be aware of the day to day management of the budget within designated 
sphere of responsibility. Assist the Directorate Manager in all aspects of 
financial management and identify savings that can be made in terms of time, 
skill mix or human resources. Review, organise and deploy staff according to competencies and workload in order 
to meet patient needs and appropriate skill mix ensuring safe care, including 
obstetric theatres and according to the needs of the service.
Be aware of effective and efficient use of resources, such as clinical equipment 
and materials to ensure patient care is not compromised whilst being mindful of
financial efficiencies.
Monitor the cleanliness and general repair of the ward and act upon any 
deficiencies which need addressing by escalating to the local IPC team and 
estates.


6. Staff Management
Act as a champion for professional accountability and standards, ensuring that 
professional practices are in line with the requirements of the Nursing and 
Midwifery Council (NMC), and Trust Policy.
Ensure effective line management of staff and ensure they are supported in 
performing to their full potential. Ensure junior staff have appropriate support and 
supervision and are appropriately assessed.
Undertake annual appraisals objectively against set criteria/competencies. Be 
responsible for ensuring that annual appraisals and personal development plans 
are completed for each member of staff. Provide clear feedback to team members 
in a way that is conducive to maintaining and improving performance.
Monitor, manage and reduce sickness absence in line with Trust/Directorate targets


7. Information Resources
Attend midwifery meetings and Band 7 meetings communicating content to team
members. To ensure patient confidentiality is maintained at all times and that you comply 
with trust information governance guidance/policy.
Participate in the collection of information and statistics for audit.

Person specification

Qualification

Essential criteria
  • Midwife
Desirable criteria
  • 3 years experience

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Leadership skills
Desirable criteria
  • Good communication

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Angela Woolfenden
Job title
Lead Midwife for Community Services
Email address
a.woolfenden@nhs.net
Telephone number
01245513080