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Practice Development Midwife

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum / pro rata
Closing date
9 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Practice Development Midwife for Maternity Servicesat Northampton General Hospital.

Our Maternity services include:o A modern alongside 3 bed Birth Centre with birthing pools and 8 postnatal bedso 9 bed consultant-led Labour Ward with a birthing poolo A dedicated Obstetric theatre with recoveryo 13 bed Maternity Higher Observation Wardo A dedicated triage, based on Labour Wardo A Bereavement Suite with gardeno A Maternity Day Unit, an Outpatient Clinic and Midwifery-led Sonography services

Main duties of the job

Participate in delivering the Practice Development Strategy within the Maternity Services.

Plan and facilitate induction programmes for new starters to the maternity unit.

Plan and facilitate on the Maternity Training week & all additional training facilitated within the PD team.

Support the continuing development of Preceptorship Midwives, Maternity Support Workers & Junior Staff.

Work collaboratively with other professionals to ensure clinical training needs are identified and supported.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds. This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

PROFESSIONAL Promote collaborative working partnerships and effective communication between all members of the multi-disciplinary team Establish and maintain effective communication within the multidisciplinary team, demonstrating leadership and good working relationships Ensure all professional and clinical standards are maintained and developed in response to new evidence Act as a supportive professional role model for midwifery, providing midwifery care in accordance with the NMC Midwives rules and codes of practice Promote and maintain a departmental culture which promotes an open and honest approach to professional decision making and problem solving Promote and maintain organisational and professional standards Demonstrate and promote excellent interpersonal skills, written, verbal and nonverbal communication styles Influence and nurture positive attitudes and behaviours within the teams and wider multidisciplinary team Adhere to Trust, Directorate and local policies, protocols and guidelines and promote awareness of the same in others Initiation of support plans when required, liaising with managers and MDT to identify learning needs, supporting Midwives on improvement plans review progress during improvement plan Lead and work as the education team to support skills drills and practical development Implementation and facilitation of MDT training programme Supporting implementation of key projects, E.g. OASI, Perineal workshop, Maternity Support Worker (MSW) upskilling Participating in audit, risk management quality, practice and education initiatives to drive and support the implementation of change as necessary

EDUCATION AND TRAINING Contribute to the practice development within the hospital and community settings Support the Consultant Midwife in the development and implementation of preceptorship and education programmes for newly qualified Midwives Demonstrate excellent time management skills with the ability to self-manage own diary, being flexible to the demands of the service and the education and support team Attend departmental meetings where appropriate, supporting evaluation of changes within midwifery practice Write reports to support the narrative for education in maternity services Support the development of the Maternity Support Worker role both within the hospital andcommunity setting ensuring good practice guidance and competency frameworks are inplace, fully implemented and evaluated Act as a source of expert clinical and professional advice and support newly qualifiedMidwives and Maternity Support Workers in their care of women and their families Lead and contribute to the interprofessional training of all the professionals involved in thedelivery of maternity care, including taught sessions. Lead and contribute to the organisation and facilitation of the Maternity Training Week Undertake relevant clinical practices in accordance with the Scope of Professional Practice Guide practice by working alongside newly qualified Midwives in the clinical environment toimprove patient care outcomes and patient experience Take all possible action to minimise clinical risk to women and their babies, utilising allavailable resources Where issues of clinical competence are identified, work with the ward managers and maternity matrons to develop a plan and provide support in the clinical area Actively contribute to change management in partnership with the ward managers, midwifery matrons and Senior Midwifery Management Team Identify potential of staff through PDR (Personal Development Review) to support theirdevelopment and enhance their career opportunities Liaise and engage with external stakeholders to advance the NGH maternity educationagenda Able to input information and have a working knowledge of the hospital information systems Adhere to Trust information governance policies Ensure effective use of resources Demonstrate an ability to critically appraise research findings Contribute ideas and undertake monitoring with regards to quality of women centred care To support implementation of key projects as identified by the Consultant Midwife, and matrons in line with trust wide / national initiatives To participate in audit, risk management, quality practice and education initiatives to drive and support the implementation of change as necessary To support with the implementation of learning from the governance process

Clinical Practice Work at all times to uphold the Trusts Values and NMC code Demonstrate clinical midwifery skills, knowledge, credibility and expertise in all aspects of midwifery Work clinically alongside staff in a supernumerary capacity to facilitate learning and competency Support clinically as required in line with service need Facilitate the provision of woman centred care through the development of midwiferyPractice using evidence-based practice Be able to articulate the need for consideration of human factors and effectivecommunication when working as part of a team, applying these theories to practice anddevelopment Work with preceptee midwives to enhance their experience, build confidence and establish a strong foundation for their future career Act as a role model, sharing effective practice and learning from others, promoting a high standard of safe and effective care which is based upon the best evidence Use midwifery expertise as a resource to support preceptee midwives, promoting normality as well as providing guidance for high-risk care

Person Specification

Education, Training & Qualifications


  • Registered Midwife
  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent level of education, training, experience or knowledge
  • Current professional registration
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Teaching and assessing in clinical practice
  • Practice assessor/supervisor
  • Educated to Masters, level or equivalent level of training, knowledge or experience


  • NIPE qualification or willingness to undertake
  • Sign off mentor
  • Leadership qualification or completion of leadership programme.

Knowledge & Experience


  • Broad range of midwifery experience
  • Evidence of teaching and assessing learners, newly appointed staff and junior staff in a clinical setting
  • Can demonstrate characteristics of effective leadership skills
  • Demonstrates ability to motivate, train and develop staff
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and risk management


  • Participation in the Governance process
  • Experience working collaboratively with Midwifery Education Systems

Skills & Abilities


  • Computer literacy- keyboard skills, data inputting, power point
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills and an ability to challenge appropriately
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Physical skills e.g. acting as a mentor/coach to midwives/MSWs and supporting staff in clinical areas
  • Emotionally resilient to support students and staff
  • Working conditions - to be able to work competently in all maternity areas as required
  • Willingness to work flexibly according to service needs

Research / Key Competencies/ Personal Qualities & Attributes


  • Passionate and committed to bring our Dedicated to Excellence values to life, improving the way we work with each other, particularly focusing on empowerment, equality diversity and inclusion of our staff, patients and service usersX
  • Ability to demonstrate enthusiasm and knowledge for practice development, training and education
  • Ability to demonstrate training and working within a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Enthusiastic, adaptable to change
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Motivated and driven to deliver the best possible care
  • Act as a credible role model for colleagues

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital




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