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Antenatal and Newborn Screening Co-Ordinator - Huntingdon

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

Are you an innovative midwife with a passion to deliver a high standard Antenatal care?

Be a member of the multidisciplinary team supporting families and staff involved in the delivery of antenatal and newborn screening programmes. They will be responsible for the development, implementation and audit of policies, guidelines and pathways which will include performance management and quality assurance of the programmes.

If you are passionate in building healthier future communities, then join North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust!

Main duties of the job

  • Demonstrate expert clinical midwifery care and leadership based on current evidence, ensuring an optimum level of safe and effective care throughout the maternity pathway.
  • Be responsible for the ongoing development, implementation and monitoring of the screening programmes.
  • Have highly developed knowledge and experience in the field of antenatal and newborn screening, the skills to impart this knowledge and to lead a team effectively at local level.
  • Conduct audit and evaluation, ensuring that the services provided meet the needs of both the Trust and the local population.
  • Co-ordinate all screening programmes working alongside multiagency and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Be responsible for the co-ordination of all antenatal and newborn screening programmes, ensuring that they are delivered effectively at North West Anglia Foundation Trust, monitoring the quality assurance of the programmes and ensuring appropriate failsafe's are in place.
  • Provide advanced and comprehensive assessment based on specialist knowledge and experience in all aspects of antenatal and newborn screening. This will necessitate high levels of autonomy and advocacy.
  • Ensure referral to the appropriate health professional when deviations from the normal occur and will work in partnership with that health professional to ensure safe standards of care.

About us

We are committed to ensure a work-life balance to all our staff by offering full time and part time roles, flexible working hours on a shift pattern to fit around your family life.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and candidates form our local communities.

Benefits to you
  • 27 days annual leave for new starters, rising to 29 days after five years of service and 33 days after 10 years of service, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro-rata for part time staff);
  • NHS Pension Scheme:
  • Flexible working opportunities;
  • Increased hourly rates for unsociable hours e.g. night shifts, weekends, bank holidays;
  • Career development and training;
  • Wellbeing support and activities;
  • In-house physiotherapy Service;
  • On-site canteens with subsidised meals;
  • Subsidised staff parking (currently free).
  • Free Stagecoach Bus Travel to and from work within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The post holder will;
  • Recognise the importance of personal contribution to the team and the wider professional network.
  • Inform and liaise with the pan site Screening team, Fetal Medicine Midwives, bereavement midwives and Lead Midwife on all aspects of screening related to the role.
  • Be faced with difficult and sensitive situations at time e.g. bereavement and domestic violence.

This will include giving parents news of fetal/neonatal abnormality, intrauterine death and neonatal death and subsequent care.

The post holder will be able to support junior colleagues but also be able to understand the limitations of their experience and seek help/advice as appropriate.
  • Establish a working rapport with other team members and contribute to team meetings.
  • Communicate complex, sometimes distressing and emotional information to patients clearly, with tact and sensitivity.
  • Liaise effectively with senior managers, highlighting areas of concern in a timely fashion and taking action where appropriate to reduce concern.
  • Will be responsible for maintaining an excellent standard of written and oral communication both for her/his self and for those within his/her sphere of management.
  • Will work with all staff to provide a culture that is developmental, flexible and supportive
  • Will support and assist the senior management team in developing the maternity services in line with national recommendations and local initiatives

Personal Responsibilities
  • To maintain personal knowledge relevant to antenatal screening.
  • To participate in training as required to maintain competency in your role.
  • To attend Trust Mandatory Training
  • Act as clinical midwifery lead for the team and supervise staff within the team, ensuring that clinical practice is evidenced based and safe.
  • Supervising and teaching midwives on a day to day basis
  • Will demonstrate professional leadership and clinical expertise to foster a culture where all staff can develop their clinical expertise and confidence and feel valued.
  • Working alongside the medical team when they require clinical assistance within the remit of the Antenatal and Newborn Screening programme.
  • Participate in continuous development as required to maintain skills and competency through active learning, attending appropriate meetings and any external training with the agreement of the Lead Midwife for Outpatient services.
  • Produce the annual report for all antenatal and newborn screening programmes in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Disseminate the report to the Regional Screening Team and Clinical Governance team under the direction of the Lead Midwife.
  • Develop/maintain databases for specific screening tests and produce reports.
  • Develop/maintain monitoring tools to assess and audit the efficacy of the Antenatal & Newborn Screening service
  • Will maintain continuous professional development/clinical competence and acquiring new skills as required involvement in research and audit to evaluate clinical practice and guidelines.

Managerial Responsibilities
  • Lead the development of the antenatal and newborn screening programmes and acts as a change agent
  • Provide line management duties in line with Trust requirements, to include appraisal and sickness management.
  • Co-ordinate data collection processes to inform the requirements of key performance indicator data collection and other local regional and national audit and monitoring processes.
  • Assist in managing antenatal & newborn screening clinical governance issues by identifying and reporting risks or adverse events arising from the screening programmes in accordance with Trust policies and acts to manage them accordingly.
  • Taking into account national standards, the needs of the service and the training needs of individual practitioners facilitates a robust programme of education and training with regard to antenatal and newborn screening across the multidisciplinary team.
  • Makes use of all available methods of communication to build and develop effective networks and processes both within the Trust and across the healthcare community, locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Work in partnership with Midwifery Management team on professional and organisational issues and lead in the implementation of new practices as required
  • Develop and maintain clinical guidelines to support the Antenatal & Newborn Screening Service
  • Use education forums and networks proactively sharing good practice with others

Physical, Mental and Emotional requirements
  • The Trust requires all staff to maintain a high standard of confidentiality, and any disclosure of information outside the proper and recognised course of duty will be treated as a serious disciplinary offence
  • Short bouts of moderate physical effort.
  • May involve long periods of work in the clinical environment that may require demanding physical exertions and awkward body day to day operational element of the role means the post holder must be able to prioritise their own workload, deal with the needs of others and an ability to be assertive with own and others time
  • The role will require exposure to complex, distressing and emotional circumstances
  • Workload will be unpredictable at which may lead to levels of stress at times
  • All staff must not wilfully endanger themselves or others whilst at work.
  • Safe practices and precautions must be adhered to
  • Unpredictable workload
  • Working conditions may be difficult at times due to lack of temperature control
  • Unpleasant working conditions dealing with body fluid

Health and Safety
  • To comply at all times with any policies / procedures issued by the Trust governing Health and Safety at Work and to ensure that any issues which may affect your safety at work or the safety of others are brought to the attention of the appropriate manager.
  • To report all untoward incidents to the lead midwife via the Datix reporting system.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Registered Midwife
  • 2 years practising as a midwife
  • Evidence of professional development
  • Counselling skills


  • Counselling Qualification
  • Degree Level Education



  • Awareness of professional responsibilities
  • Specialist knowledge and experience of antenatal and new-born screening programmes
  • Able to make appropriate clinical decisions in view of recent.
  • Research, informed choice, and individual circumstances
  • Able to deliver bad news to patients in an appropriate/empathetic manner
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and relevance to practice


  • Able to demonstrate conducting annual appraisals
  • Evidence of attendance on a counselling / breaking bad news course



  • Awareness of current safety requirements; NSC, FASP, NICE and other relevant national guidelines
  • Keen to support the Maternity Services Strategy, with particular regard to the quality of the patient journey
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels across the department and directorate both written and verbal
  • Ability to teaching and share knowledge
  • Excellent knowledge of medical conditions affecting pregnancy e.g - common fetal abnormalities, screening diagnostic tests, invasive procedures/treatments, chromosomes and genetics
  • Can demonstrate evidence of involvement in service improvement


  • Ability to demonstrate evidence of line management of non-midwifery staff for example MSWs
  • Has participated in research and audit

Key Skills


  • Excellent communication skills: written/oral/non-verbal
  • Flexible and receptive to change
  • Able to work as part of a small team in a potentially high pressured and emotive environment.
  • IT experience. Be able to use the necessary computerised reporting system and electronic patient records
  • Highly motivated individual able to work under own initiative
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