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Director of Midwifery

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£99,891 to £114,949 Per annum Pro rata
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 9
Contract Type
Full Time
The Director of Midwifery is a pivotal member of the Divisional Leadership Team which has devolved responsibility and shared accountability for the operational delivery and strategic development of the Division. The post holder will act as a role model for outstanding clinical leadership and management and play a vital role in developing and implementing the Division's strategy and vision in line with the Trust's vision, values and strategic goals.

The Director of Midwifery is a key member of the Chief Nurse's leadership team, supporting him/her to deliver across a broad portfolio and making a significant contribution to the strategic nursing, midwifery and governance agenda.

Main duties of the job

The post holder works closely and in parallel with the Clinical Director to deliver high standards of women-centred care across integrated care pathways and services. S/he works with the Operational Service Manager for Maternity, taking the lead on midwifery and maternity development programmes, midwifery staffing including recruitment and retention, measuring and improving standards of care and the patient experience, in accordance with agreed objectives, targets, quality standards, budget management controls and resource constraints. The post- holder is pivotal to ensuring safe, timely and compassionate care to women is always provided

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises of four hospitals - theJohn Radcliffe Hospital,Churchill HospitalandNuffield Orthopaedic Centrein Headington and theHorton General Hospitalin Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Many of our recruitment programmes useValue Based Interviewingto identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families. For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Strategic Development
  • Contribute to the development of the midwifery profession through proactive involvement in local, regional and national forums. Represent the Trust on midwifery and maternity issues when required.
  • Establish and maintain excellent external relationships essential to the delivery of a safe and high quality service and influencing public health, health visiting, safeguarding, social care and mental health service as key partnerships.
  • Interpret overall health service policy and strategy to establish goals and standards. Contribute as required in coordinating the Trusts response to Department of Health initiatives to midwifery and maternity services, ensuring local application.
  • Clinical and Professional Leadership
  • Establish effective, professional, multi-disciplinary relationships both within the Trust and with outside organisations. Participate in regional and national meetings as appropriate.
  • Maintain an up to date understanding of developments and changes in legislation, national policy and guidance that relate to all aspects of midwifery practice and ensure that senior Trust personnel are kept up-to-date and informed of the likely impact on Trust services. Translate national policy into local action.
  • Promote and maintain an evidence-based practice culture for maternity staff, ensuring the creation of effective local, regional and national networks to share good practice, and be responsible for wide dissemination and implementation of evidence.
  • Risk Management and Clinical Governance
  • Lead the quality assurance and risk management process within the Maternity Clinical Directorate designing and implementing structures to ensure compliance with policy through audit and ensuring there are robust governance structures for the prevention and management of complaints, clinical incidents and serious untoward incidents.
  • Lead the Maternity Directorate compliance with the NHSLA Maternity Standards paying specific attention to the embedding of guidelines in clinical practices and robust documentation by all staff and putting in place the policy, practice and performance monitoring mechanisms to gain accreditation at higher NHSLA levels.
  • Work in partnership with the Clinical Director to ensure risk is appropriately managed and ensure prompt investigations of serious incidents in a manner which enables lessons to be learnt, communicated and embedded in practice.
  • Operational Performance
  • Work in partnership with the Clinical Director and Senior Maternity Team in the ongoing identification and operational delivery of schemes to contribute to the Trust Cost Improvement Programme (CIP) and to ensure that all schemes are assessed for their impact on quality.
  • Ensure all resources are deployed to achieve best outcome with reference to the Trust and Service Business Plans.
  • Work together with the Divisional and Clinical Directors to ensure that business cases are robust, identifying both the operational and financial implications of options including the management of risk and impact on other stakeholders both internal and external to the Trust.

Person Specification



  • oRegistered as a Midwife with the NMC oEducation to a Masters level or equivalent experience with evidence of further professional development oManagement/Leadership qualification or evidence of equivalent competence oEducation/Mentorship qualification equivalent to ENB 997/8



  • oA minimum of five years' experience as a senior midwife. oBroad range of clinical midwifery experience acquired through significant practice at a senior level including research and evidence based practice. oExperience of leading clinical teams and professional agendas oExperience of leading cross-boundary projects



  • oBroad knowledge of the NHS strategic agenda together with a comprehensive understanding of the current issues in midwifery policy and practice oIn depth knowledge of the governance agenda and role of CQC, NHSLA. oKnowledge of statutory regulations governing midwifery oAwareness of safeguarding.

Written & Communication Skills


  • oAbility to produce regular reports for use internally and externally to the Trust. oAbility to develop policies and guidelines. oExcellent full range of communication skills across a range of people and organisations oFormal presentation skills (to groups at all levels, both within the organisation and externally).



  • oHighly self-motivated oLeadership skills and ability to motivate a team. oStrong interpersonal skills and ability to network across professional boundaries. oPractical problem-solving ability oHigh influencing and negotiation skills to contribute to strategic direction of maternity services. oAble to make judgements about highly complex and sometimes conflicting facts or situations. oPositive and enthusiastic oCan act on own initiative. oAbility to adapt behaviour to changing circumstances. oEvidence of a flexible and innovative approach to service delivery and development.

Management Style & Aptitude


  • oEvidence of an understanding of the principles of the midwifery workforce profile, and strategic workforce planning oAbility to apply evidence-base in practice. oProven practice and service development skills oDemonstrable data collection, analysis and evaluation skills oBe able to manage all aspects of work including identifying training needs, conduct and capability cases of a department.

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University NHS Foundation Trust


Womens Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital

Headley Way



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