Deputy Head of Midwifery

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust
King's Lynn
£58,972 to £68,525 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 8B
Full Time
Job summary

Are you a highly motivated and dynamic experienced midwife looking to make a difference to maternity services? Are you able to inspire and motivate teams? If you have a passion for providing high quality care and you are looking for a stretch opportunity to lead midwifery care within the framework of the national agenda, then we would welcome your talents and skills.

We are seeking an exceptional Deputy Head of Midwifery to work within a multidisciplinary team to lead at an exciting time of transformation. The service provides high quality, evidence-based care to around 2,000 women and babies per year. You will have midwifery experience across all areas of the service. You will be responsible for ensuring the Midwifery workforce has the skills and capabilities to deliver this exciting agenda.

Main duties of the job

Working closely with the Head of Midwifery, take a lead in the development and implementation of the strategy for maternity services across a wide range of responsibilities. Ensure the smooth and effective running of the department. Have general oversight of the daily running of the maternity department.

As the successful post holder, you will be responsible and accountable for the provision of safe high quality Maternity Services. Taking a lead for Safeguarding responsibilities within the service. You will also take a lead role with the risk and governance team for the division.
  • Provide a visible, accessible and authoritative presence in all areas of responsibility. Demonstrating clinical leadership and providing direct and indirect clinical care, demonstrating advanced practice to maintain own expertise. This involves managing a wide range of complex and conflicting priorities.
  • The post holder will be a member of the direct senior management team within the division and will therefore contribute to the corporate management of the division.
  • Lead on service and workforce developments.
  • Lead on workforce planning to include retention of staff in line with relevant Trust policies and ensuring that a strategy is in place.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of local safeguarding policies and be accountable for reporting child protection issues.

About us

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) King's Lynn is located near some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, along the north Norfolk coast, and not far from Sandringham House.

We provide a comprehensive range of specialist, acute, obstetrics and community-based healthcare services to around 331,000 people across west and north Norfolk, in addition to parts of Breckland, Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire. We have more than 4,000 staff and volunteers, approximately 530 beds, and a helipad for air ambulances. We work with neighbouring hospitals for the provision of tertiary services, including as part of regional partnership and network models of care, such as the trauma network. Some specialist services and clinics are provided in community facilities, such as the North Cambridgeshire hospital in Wisbech.

In February 2022, the significant progress that has been made at QEH in just three years since 2019 was recognised by the Care Quality Commission who rated the Trust as 'Good' in all of the core services they inspected, and recommended the Trust moves out of the recovery support system (formerly special measures). We have an absolute determination to continuously improve care and services for our patients and their families.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for more information on this exciting opportunity.

Person Specification

Qualifications/training and professional development


  • Registered Midwife
  • Educated to MSc level or equivalent level of experience
  • Mentorship Accreditation or Practice Assessor accreditation


  • Leadership qualification
  • NLS/PROMPT faculty
  • NIPE qualified



  • Significant experience as a senior manager in midwifery
  • Experience of participation in clinical audit
  • Experience of successful implementation of budgetary control.
  • Experience of implementing change in service provision.
  • Ability to line manage staff & delegate responsibilities


  • Experience of involvement in serious incident investigations.

Skills, abilities, and knowledge


  • Ability to co-ordinate, influence and liaise within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Commitment to and understanding of multidisciplinary team working
  • Ability to lead & manage teams effectively
  • Ability to advise and support as an expert
  • Quality focussed, with an innovative approach and ability to solve complex problems
  • Practices a woman centred approach to care provision
  • Able to produce accurate and timely reports appropriate to the audience
  • Ability to work autonomously and within a team
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Computer literate, including use and management of databases
  • Knowledge of statutory regulations governing midwifery
  • Knowledge of national & local maternity initiatives influencing service provision
  • Understanding of the NHS governance agenda
  • Conversant with national Safeguarding children & adult policies
  • Broad understanding of standards and CQC requirements and implications for the division

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