Maternity Nurse

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Per annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The postholder will be a Registered General Nurse and will practise under midwifery supervision to attend women during the postnatal period on the postnatal ward.

The postholder will be a prime care provider requiring supervision and will work as a member of a team providing postnatal care within the hospital, focusing on the nursing requirements of women.

The postholder will work within the framework of the NMC Code of Conduct (2015) and Northampton General Hospital maternity guidelines.

For more information please contact:

Laura Lee - Inpatient Matron (Interim) - or 01604 54(4291) / 07548 558587

Main duties of the job

Thepost holder willprovide a high standard of nursing care by assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating programmes of patient care. They will work closely with the midwives, the postnatal ward manager, and multi-disciplinary team members in monitoring and maintaining policies and standards of nursing care.

The postholder will carry out all relevant forms of care under supervision and when proficient demonstrate procedures of care supervise junior qualified and / or unqualified staff including student midwives whilst maintaining a safe working environment.

Thepost holder willprovide a high standard of nursing care by assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating programmes of patient care. They will work closely with the senior midwife and the midwife in charge of the shift, and multi-disciplinary team members in monitoring and maintaining policies and standards of nursing care.

The postholder will carry out all relevant forms of care under supervision and when proficient demonstrate procedures of care supervise junior qualified and / or unqualified staff including student midwives whilst maintaining a safe working environment.

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.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

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

Clinical Responsibilities:

To give supervised care during the postnatal period to the mother and family with particular emphasis on care of the woman following surgical intervention and supporting midwives with the care of sick postnatal women.

To have awareness of the needs of our multicultural and diverse community including vulnerable and disadvantaged families.

Assess patient care needs and the development and implementation of programmes of patient care and participate in the evaluation of these

To ensure a high standard of nursing care is performed at all times and assist in the review and regular update of these standards

Ability to recogniseand respond appropriately to changes in the patients condition and safety. Able to use maternity specific SEPSIS and SBAR tool, MEOWS and NEWTT charts after associated training

Adhere to all Trust Policies to maintain professional, clinical and patient safety.

Ability to administer drugs safely and independently in line with the NMC and Trust Policy guidelines

Be aware of the principles of infection control and the prevention of cross infection in relation to patient care and the clinical environment.

Be able to communicate basic care information and answer queriesto patients, their relatives/carers and the multidisciplinary team members

Undertake intravenous drug therapy and blood product/transfusion administration following a training programme which will assess the competencies and practical levels required to achieve safe working withinthe Trust policies and procedures

Care and control of medication and controlled drugs used for patient care, being aware of the systems used for safe administration and the ordering and maintenance of stock

Support midwifery and nursing students, provide feedback on any skills competencies achieved in relation to nursing practise

To provide infant feeding support after undergoing a course of training in line with BFI guidance and NGH Infant feeding policies

To perform neonatal observations after a course of education, training and assessment of competency. Report any abnormalities to allocated midwife

Governance- take an active role in identifying and reporting any incident or near miss using trust Poilcy

Managerial Responsibilities:

To attend and participate at relevant meetings

To organise own daily workload in clinical area with supervision

To support the midwives in the daily running of the clinical areas

To assist in the introduction of new staff to the ward if within scope of practise, help supervise their work and report to the Senior Midwife on their progress

To ensure equipment checks are completed and environment maintained, any breakages/ repair works reported via appropriate pathway

To have an awareness of child protection issues and refer to senior colleagues

Maintain security of ward environment at all times

Educational Training and Development:

To undertake appropriate activities to update clinical knowledge and skills and show evidence of continuing professional development using available resources

Participate in clinical training, including teaching and supervision of new staff, unqualified staff and student midwives in the ward environment, within the nursing scope of practise

Undertake a minimum of once yearly appraisal with the ward manager for development planning

Advise patients and relatives /visitors to the ward with regard to control of infection

Advise on the promotion of health and prevention of illness

Professional and legal responsibilities:

To be aware of the hazards associated with using equipment and to report any failures of equipment to the Senior Midwife/Midwife in charge of the shift

To be conversant with the Fire, Health and Safety policies and other policies of the Trust

To report all accidents and complaints in accordance with agreed policies and assist in investigating of complaints and accidents as required

To be conversant with all the Trust Nursing and Midwifery Policies and Procedures

To document any care/ interventions in line with NMC code using paper or electronic records

Maintain professional portfolio

Person Specification

Education, Training & Qualifications


  • Current level one NMC registration.
  • Evidence of commitment to revalidation as per NMC requirements.


  • Completion of a nursing degree programme.
  • Bachelor's degree in health and nursing related studies.
  • Mentorship or teaching qualification.

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of delivering nursing care to a group of patients.
  • Understanding of delivering nursing care to a group of patients.


  • Demonstrate evidence of publication and presentation of project findings.
  • Evidence of clinical effectiveness, research and audit.



  • Demonstration of team working and ability to work effectively within a team.
  • Demonstrate an ability to assess, plan, prioritise, deliver, and evaluate patient care.
  • Demonstrate an ability to prioritise own workload and recognise, prioritise and respond appropriately to urgent and emergency situations.
  • Dexterity and accuracy in undertaking clinical skills and documentation.
  • Competent and capable of using medical equipment.
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.


  • Able to undertake patient manual handling manoeuvres and non-patient manual handling manoeuvres.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of current issues related to the NHS.
  • Counselling and, or coaching skills qualification.
  • Knowledge of patient administration systems.
  • Venepuncture, Cannulation, Competent in the administration of intravenous medication.

Key Competencies, Personal Qualities & Attributes


  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with staff, patients, families and carers from a diverse background.
  • Ability to work under pressure and seek help when required.
  • Must be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Trust vision and values.
  • Must be able to demonstrate understanding of, and behaviours consistent with the NMC Code, October 2015.
  • Able to demonstrate reflective practice.
  • Act as a role model to others.
  • Flexible and resilient.
  • An ability to remain positive during service changes and challenges.

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

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital
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