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Postnatal Core Midwife

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Tunbridge Wells
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

You will join a committed and experienced team of midwives who work closely with the wider multi-disciplinary team. Within this Trust we deliver maternity care to 6000 women.

Within the Postnatal Ward, we have a variety of staff that you will work closely with including; maternity support workers, nursery nurses and the infant feeding team to provide women with the best standard of care. The Postnatal Ward is comprised of 26 single, en-suite rooms across 4 bays. One of the four bays is available specifically for women who have had babies that fall within our Transitional Care criteria. As a Postnatal Core Team Midwife, you will be asked to work on the Transitional Care bay and assist with the daily requirements that these mothers and babies need.

On the Postnatal Ward we are also proud to provide Kangaroo Care as well as Self-Administration of Medications for women who have had an elective caesarean section.

Main duties of the job

The key attributes of a Postnatal Core Team midwife will include:
  • A passion for infant feeding
  • An understanding of the importance of trying to keep mothers and babies together
  • An understanding of the additional care requirements a mother and/or baby may need e.g. NG tube feeding, phototherapy, Monofer/blood transfusions, NIPE etc.
  • Ability to facilitate an elective caesarean section list
  • Confidence with escalation policies
  • Able to work within a large multidisciplinary team with good communication and teamworking skills.

Within the Postnatal Ward we have a number of exciting projects in practice with many more commencing this year. Therefore, within your role, there will be an expectation that you will help to facilitate these projects into practice and continuously look at new ways to improve patient care and staff satisfaction.

You will initially be rotated across all areas within the acute unit in order to ensure that you are confident working in these wards and understand how each ward runs, prior to then commencing your core team post on the Postnatal Ward. We also operate an on-call system for both community and hospital midwifery which you will be willing to participate in.

Please click on the below link for more information about the opportunities that we have and to meet some of our team

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 500,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.

We employ over 6,500 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Following your Corporate Induction you will be expected to attend the Trusts 2-week Induction Programme for RNs, NAs, RMs, ODPs and Paramedics. The programme is full-time (please email if this is problematic)and will involve travel to both Trust sites. The programme includes supernumerary shifts in the clinical area, classroom-based sessions and e-learning.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at Enhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

Interview Date: Wednesday 14th June 2023

Person Specification



  • RM and eligible to practice.
  • Evidence of further study and development of professional and academic skills.


  • To be qualified in undertaking a Neonatal Infant Physical Examination
  • To have obtained a mentorship qualification



  • Sound knowledge of recent Government/Professional documents with awareness of implications to service provision.
  • Able to demonstrate motivation to maintain professional development.
  • Ability to work within acute and primary health care settings.


  • Previous community and hospital experience.
  • Ability to use flexible innovative approaches to practice individualised care
  • Knowledge of change management theories and their impact.
  • Knowledge and interest in the Breast Feeding Initiative



  • Able to recognise own limitations in order to seek advice appropriately.
  • Ability to act effectively within a multi-disciplinary team. Ensuring collaboration across professional boundaries.
  • Ability to exercise professional accountability and autonomy.
  • Act as mentor to both qualified midwives and students encouraging evidence based practice.
  • Computer Literate


  • Be able to prioritise one's workload.
  • A working knowledge of quality assurance.

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