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Recruitment and Retention Midwife

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 7
Full Time
Job summary

University Hospitals Dorset are looking for a Recruitment and Retention Midwife.

The postholder will lead on the delivery of the maternity recruitment and retention strategy and will work closely with the Practice Development and Professional Midwifery Advocates team, to enhance experience of work and promote retention in the maternity workforce for preceptorship, early career and late career midwives.

Base Location: Poole and Bournemouth Hospital

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be required to:
  • Lead activities to motivate and engage the maternity staff workforce
  • Analyse and report on national, regional and local data to assist development of targeted interventions related to staff experience
  • Optimise wellbeing for new starters during induction period to support and enhance resilience
  • Evaluate the induction package for new starters and adapt accordingly, measuring the effectiveness and impact of bespoke programmes on retention and recruitment
  • To be a point of contact for the wider team, in relation to recruitment and retention
  • Support exit interviews to develop themes to demonstrate areas for improvement which can be discussed with other local, regional and national retention leads and teams
  • To be an experienced and approachable practitioner
  • Actively promote equal opportunities, fairness, and inclusion through the recruitment service
  • Act as the subject matter expert in all logistics relating to midwifery recruitment strategies, engaging with candidates in the pipeline and working with the recruitment team to ensure a smooth and timely onboarding period.

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The aim of this role is to:
  • Ensure individualised support in clinical areas for preceptorship midwives, return to practice learners and early career midwives to enhance their experience of work
  • facEilitate accelerated recruitment efforts, including localised campaigns to attract people back to midwifery
  • developing sustainable approaches to release clinical time
  • drive workforce agenda for midwifery services to increase recruitment and retention of band 5-7 midwives
  • develop strategies to enhance staff experience thereby improving engagement, and maximising opportunities to further reduce midwifery turnover rate.
  • oversee supportive interventions for early and late career progression, and retention plus leading on the induction, orientation, training needs, pastoral support, ongoing mentoring, and career progression for midwives
  • develop recruitment plans and undertake recruitment fairs
  • collaborate with the practice development team to promote an environment that encourages learning and sustains the personal and professional development of staff through career conversations, coaching, career development initiatives and support.
  • Collaborate closely with Head of Midwifery, Maternity Matrons andmanagers to reduce unavailability of staff due to sickness by understanding patterns of sickness and work with human resources partners to support staff to return to work following long time sickness
  • work closely with Human resources and temporary staffing to reduce bank and agency usage
  • work closely with the Coordinator for internationally recruited midwives to support the integration and transition of internationally educated staff into existing teams

Person Specification



  • Degree in Midwifery
  • Teaching and assessing in practice qualification or equivalent



  • Experience of managing recruitment within an Acute NHS Trust


  • Experience of working with e - rostering and safe care



  • Knowledge of national maternity agenda and current issues relating to the NHS


  • Knowledge of workforce planning, modelling and data mining tools and methodologies

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