Midwife - Labour ward coordinator

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year per annum including HCAS
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

North Middlesex Maternity: \A career in Midwifery, not just a job.

At North Middlesex we have a brand new, well equipped Delivery Suite which offers care to women from Enfield and Haringey who come from a diverse range of backgrounds. We care for many women with complex needs which creates a challenging environment and provides a great opportunity for learning and development within a supportive and learning-focused team.

We are looking for an experienced, dynamic midwife to co-ordinate and lead shifts on our Delivery suite, working collaboratively within the multi-disciplinary team and management to provide a high-standard of safe, women-centred care.

Here at North Middlesex maternity, we can offer you a career, not just a job. Our midwives are supported in their learning and development to help them to reach their full potential. This includes secondment opportunities within specialist teams, shadowing opportunities with members of the senior team, leadership programmes and Chief Nurse fellowship programmes. There is also the chance to be part of the talent management process.

Main duties of the job

The role is multifaceted and will require an ability to manage multiple priorities while maintaining safety of women and staff at all times. The postholder will need a high level of clinical experience and must act as a role model and supervisor to junior staff and students and set the tone for a healthy and safe work culture.

The role involves co-ordinating shifts on the labour ward, assessing acuity, prioritising and delegating appropriately, being mindful of skill mix and other unit pressures, escalating concerns as required.

About us

Our Trust has staff accommodation in North London, and is situated within easy reach of London rail terminals, Luton and Stanstead airports, and central London. We are in Zone 4, making travel to work on public transport less expensive than going into central London, as well as offering on-site parking.

We currently look after 4700 births per year and book over 5000 women for antenatal care. Our improvements over the last 18 months have seen us receiving praise from NHS Improvement regarding our committed approach to supportive management. A CCG Insight visit noted the improvements in morale and culture, with staff reporting good support and a culture of learning rather than blame. Our students are rating us highly in their university feedback, with our Poppy Team receiving \Practice Excellence Award 2020 from City University. Our Bereavement Service received the RCM award for Bereavement care in 2018. As of June 2021 we received the Capital Midwife Preceptorship Mark. Our maternity service now receives 5 star reviews on NHS choices!

This is a service on the up, and we recognise that there is great competition in London to get the best midwives into their workforce, we believe that at North Middlesex you can truly flourish.

We offer flexible working, including annualised hours, compressed hours, and working patterns to suit candidates who will have a home base some miles away or abroad and who will wish to travel home.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities:

  • 1.1 To maintain good rapport with women users and visitors within the service.

    1.2 To exercise leadership and co-ordinate women centred care and activities within her / his area of responsibility, employing a pro-active and dynamic approach to management

    1.3 To supervise junior member of staff and continually assess the care given to ensure that it is appropriate, and delegate appropriately to them taking into consideration their level of experience / developmental needs.

    1.4 Development of operational policy for team / clinical area within the hospital environment.

    1.5 To ensure that optimal use is made of available resources to provide appropriate cover over 24 hour period.

    1.6 To review the staffing levels in the light of unexpected absences, to adjust the off duty rota accordingly to meet service needs in order to provide safe and effective quality care. When it appears that safe care cannot be maintained, to inform the matron of the day, manager on call (out of hours) and Matron.

    1.7 To implement agreed changes according to the service needs.

    1.8 To set, implement and monitor the maintenance of standards and quality care, and evaluating standards of care .

    1.9 To act up for the Matron as required.

    1.10 To undertake annual reviews and monitor the professional development plan of allocated band 6 midwives and other junior staff and to ensure they are in turn developed to undertake similar assessment of junior staff.

    1.11 To participate in the selection of new staff and arrange and develop orientation programmes for new member of staff, in order to familiarize them with the organizational and practice demands of the unit or community.

    1.12 To monitor sickness and absence of staff members, ensuring completion of appropriate records in line with the Trusts Management Absence Policy.

    1.13 To ensure that all equipment is checked daily and maintained according to manufacturers specification.

    1.14 To ensure all staff / team members are competent in accessing electronic records.

    1.15 The professional responsibility of the Band 7 midwife may on occasion necessitate the continued involvement in midwifery care in excess of normal contracted hours.

    1.16 To ensure production of an off duty rota enabling staff representation at key Divisional meetings.

    1.17 To ensure all policies and protocols are adhered to and participate in annual review of these.

    1.18 To represent the Unit at various meetings, for example Joint / Labour Ward Forums and disseminate information regarding new protocols / service changes.

    1.19 Band 7 Employees are required to work in all areas of maternity to cover the needs of the service.

  • 2.1 Highly developed specialist knowledge, underpinned by theory and high experience

    Afford positive leadership, continuous support, advice and guidance to band 6 midwives and junior staff within the maternity unit / community over the 24 hour period.

    2.3 To promote team building and maintain cohesion where appropriate within the maternity unit / community. To promote and support and maintain autonomous care.

    2.4 To ensure that care is given in line with agreed local policies and with due regard to the Midwives Rules, Code of Practice Scope of Professional Practice and Code of Conduct and other guidelines within the NMC Framework.

    2.5 To set a good example with regard to record keeping, ensuring midwives understand their accountability for record keeping in line with Rule 42 (Midwives Rules and Code of Practice).

    2.6 To participate in audit and research activity within the Department.

    2.7 To develop our practice in line with on-going recommendations from NICE,

    CEMD etc.

    2.8 To work within your professional Code of Conduct / Practice as stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. To work within the Scope of Professional Practice and all Trust guidelines.

    2.09 Plans and organises a broad range of complex activities, formulates, adjusts plans or strategies.

    2.10 Develops plans to implement changes in all areas of midwifery practice.

  • 3.1 To provide and receive highly complex, sensitive or contentious information.

    3.2 Communicates complex and highly sensitive midwifery information requiring persuasive skills tact and empathy.

    3.3 To implement team philosophy of care and to create and maintain an effective communication system between all staff working in the maternity services to ensure a positive working environment is fostered.

    3.4 To be responsible for liaison with the Matron / Clinical Midwifery Manager when agreed midwifery care cannot be maintained and to promptly report any problems within the maternity unit or in the community to consultant on-call, Supervisor on-call and Site Manager.

    3.5 To have regular, effective communication with the Matron relating to management in the unit/community and its development.

    3.6 To liaise with all staff / midwives, ensuring good communication and optimal care for all women on the ward or in the community and other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

    3.7 To participate in the usage of language line and interpreters in order to ensure effective communication with women of various languages.

    3.8 To promote user involvement in the provision of maternity services.

    3.9 Participate in the Units pro-active approach to Clinical Governance. Assist in theformulation of protocols and ensure all staff are aware and implementing the evidence based protocols agreed for the directorate.

  • 4.1 To monitor the developmental needs of less experienced staff / midwives within the maternity unit in order to provide supervision and facilitate opportunities for educational development practically / theoretically.

    4.2 Liaise with CPF and Midwifery Education links, to be responsible for ensuring that student midwives needs are addressed.

    4.3.1 To provide parent education classes, and coordinates the delivery of classes for women accessing services.

    4.4 To provide a mentor / support system for all students, ensuring that learning opportunities are identified and monitored.

    4.5 Ensuring that health and safety requirements are maintained in accordance with Trust Policy.

    4.6 Coordinates, and implements research development activities as job requires.

    Person Specification

    Education and Qualifications


    • Registered Midwife
    • oEvidence of ongoing education and development /MIP (or working towards)
    • oEducated to Degree level
    • oCurrent registration with NMC


    • oEducated to masters level
    • oCMS/DMS

    Skills and Abilties and Knowledge


    • oExtensive midwifery experience
    • oEvidence of innovative practice
    • oEvidence of risk management
    • oKnowledge of current Government Initiatives including: - NICE,CNST, Better births etc.


    • oEvidence of risk management
    • oEvidence of Management experience
    • oExamination of the Newborn Course N96

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