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Preceptor Lead

Barts Health NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year Per annum inc
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Are you looking for a challenge or your next career move?

We are proud of our Maternity Service at Whipps Cross hospital. We are a supportive and friendly team dedicated to delivering the highest standard of care to our service users. We serve a diverse community in East London.

We are looking for an enthusiastic motivated midwife who has a passion for education and specifically in supporting newly qualified midwives through their preceptorship period.

Job summary

To provide leadership and clinical support in all aspects of the clinical midwifery by supporting newly qualified midwives in their first year of practice through their preceptorship period, including the use of innovative methods of practice and leadership in electronic fetal monitoring providing expert advice according to current evidence and national guidelines to midwifery & obstetric staff.

To work clinically to support practice for newly qualified midwives during preceptorship. The role is split between 80% clinical and 20% management.

The successful candidate will be supported by an established education team and supportive senior leadership team.

Main duties of the job

To provide leadership and clinical support in all aspects of the clinical midwifery by supporting newly qualified midwives in their first year of practice, including the use of innovative methods of practice and leadership in electronic fatal monitoring providing expert advice according to current evidence and national guidelines to midwifery & obstetric staff.

To work clinically to support practice for newly qualified midwives during preceptorship. The role is split between 80% clinical and 20% management.

To demonstrate expert knowledge through teaching and support of midwifery and obstetric staff in the use and interpretation of electronic fetal monitoring.

To be a key member of the senior midwifery team in development of new ways of working to support evidence-based midwifery practice.

To teach as part of the in-service education programme in support of the above

To show expertise in intrapartum care and specifically the use of NICE guidance and expert knowledge of key skills (neonatal and maternal emergencies)

To participate in the evaluation and skills assessments of midwife preceptors to ensure that midwifery knowledge and expertise are those necessary to facilitate high quality care.

To support the Barts Health values programme and the specific adaptations in maternity practice through great expectations

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The position will be characterised by the following functions, which will require the post holder to demonstrate.
  • Leadership and Coordination of Practice Teaching.
  • To organize, deliver, and lead the skills learning for preceptors/ preceptorship.
  • To coordinate and manage the preceptor practice evaluation process as part of the clinical skills programme.
  • To support preceptees in their role and enable them to identify and access their on-going continuing education needs.
  • To participate in practice education teaching as a key member of the education faculty for maternity services.
  • To provide expert teaching and support for all midwives in electronic fetal monitoring along with the fetal surveillance midwife.

Teaching/ Facilitating Evidence-based practice
  • To create and promote a visible and welcoming friendly environment in all areas of practice.
  • To review teaching and learning as currently delivered in practice in conjunction with the Practice Development Midwife and adapt as necessary to ensure that they meet internal and external benchmarking standards and implement strategies for change.
  • To promote and support self evaluation and clinical performance standards for preceptors.
  • To maintain up to date information on preceptorship midwives and junior midwives in practice
  • To work in partnership across professional boundaries to promote team learning and teaching.

Maintaining own Clinical Competency
  • To undertake and participate in self directed continuing professional development in order to maintain high standards of clinical competence and comply with professional regulations.
  • To be responsible for own professional practice and for complying with the NMC Code: Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives.
  • To undertake regular clinical practice as a part of the role working with and alongside preceptorship midwives and maintain specialist knowledge and skills.
  • To be a highly competent, knowledgeable and visible practitioner and teacher.

Education Research and Development
  • To act as a resource for preceptors
  • To exploit opportunities for collaborative education and research with other multi-disciplinary groups.
  • To undertake education, research and data collection.

Management, Quality and Resources
  • To monitor the effectiveness of preceptorship arrangements and in conjunction with PDM.
  • To participate in recruitment and selection process.
  • To provide first-line professional advice on issues relating to preceptors and make appropriate action plans and monitor as required.
  • To be accountable to the Head of Service and ensure the creation of a successful learning environment

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable adults
  • Understand and work within policies and Trust procedures relating to safeguarding Children and Protection of Vulnerable Adults.

Infection Prevention and Control

Be responsible, for ensuring so far as reasonably practicable and in accordance with Trust policies, that all preceptor midwives are aware of their responsibilities in regard to infection prevention and control, and for the provision of the information, training and supervision that is required to achieve this responsibility. This requires you to:
  • Maintain safe infection prevention and control environment for your self and others.
  • Be familiar with and comply with the Trust guidelines, policies and procedures relating to infection prevention and control.
  • Raise matters of non compliance with advisers to reach appropriate solutions.
  • Ensure that infection prevention and control guidelines, policies and procedures are distributed to new staff
  • Ensure procedures specific to Midwifery are in place, in collaboration with the Infection Control Team.
  • Ensure that infection prevention and control forms part of preceptor orientation.

Person Specification



  • Registered Midwife
  • Degree level qualification
  • Practice supervisor/Practice assessor


  • Attendance on a clinical leadership programme



  • Experience in Midwifery
  • Experience in quality, clinical audit and clinical developments
  • Experience of mentoring students and teaching in practice


  • Experience of teaching professional development and professional issues



  • Knowledge of current evidence and guidelines around electronic fetal monitoring and its interpretation
  • Knowledge of understanding of equal opportunities.
  • Knowledge about current evidence and reports influencing practice.
  • Knowledge of infection prevention and Control.
  • Understanding of Child and vulnerable adults Protection.


  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance issues.



  • Excellent interpersonal, managerial and organisational skills.
  • Good written communication skills
  • Demonstrate clinical leadership skills
  • Excellent electronic fetal monitoring and interpretation skills
  • Ability to work both in a team and individually
  • Up- to-date on current midwifery education, practice and development issues.
  • Ability to communicate with staff and colleagues at all levels
  • Good IT skills
  • Current clinical experience and skills
  • Good intrapartum skills including, cannulation, obstetric emergencies & suturing
  • Effective negotiation & persuasion skills

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


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