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Director of Midwifery

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
£99,891 to £114,949 a year pro rata pa
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 9
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an inspirational and highly experienced senior midwife whose role as Director of Midwifery is key to maintaining strong professional oversight and governance.

The post holder, in conjunction with the Divisional Quadrumvirate, will provide expert clinical advice, interpretation of national policy within the trust and will work with associated agencies such as the Local Maternity and Neonatal Services (LMNS) in the ICB and health and wellbeing boards, to deliver and assure we are providing outstanding midwifery care.

This is an exciting senior midwifery leadership role working across a multi-site trust. Our workforce comprises of 27 Consultant Obstetricians, 29 Registrars in training or clinical fellows and 430 Midwives. As professional midwifery lead you will ensure the professional development and standards of midwives across our Trust.

It has never been a better time to join University Hospitals of Derby and Burton (UHDB), following major trust investment into maternity services, additional footprint being agreed and the trust leading on the collaboration to recruit midwives from overseas.

You will inherit a midwifery workforce that is truly committed to patient safety and a maternity team that wants to make UHDB the safest maternity service in the country. We have established fetal and maternal medicine clinics as well as Continuity of Carer teams in place, and as a large teaching hospital, we have big ambitions.

Main duties of the job

You will be a vital member of the senior leadership team within the Division of Women's and Children's, working closely with the Divisional Director, Divisional Medical Director and the rest of the divisional team. In addition, you will work with the Corporate Senior Nursing and Midwifery team, with responsibility for influencing and delivering a number of trust wide professional programmes. You will be a true advocate of the development of service and are required to both drive and promote continuous improvement.

The role will support and influence the Local Maternity System in line with the Better Births recommendations which includes the planning and delivery of models of midwifery care, creating new ways of working with innovation to improve outcomes, support service development and quality improvement.

This high-profile senior post will appeal to someone who is keen to play an influential role in shaping the future delivery of maternity health care services and further enhance innovation and leadership in the areas of maternity.

Closing date of applications: 21 September 2023

Interview date: 5 October 2023

About us

At UHDB around 9,000 babies are born across our two sites each year at Royal Derby Hospital (RDH) and Queens Hospital Burton (QHB). We provide antenatal and postnatal care for 11,500 women each year and, at RDH, we offer an alongside birth centre. We support women through low and high-risk care pathways, and some specialty pathways like diabetes and cardiology.

We have staff who are kind, caring and compassionate, and who want to deliver exceptional care together for every person who needs us - and that remains our aspiration.

This is an exciting new era on our maternity improvement journey, following a �5.4million investment into our services to strengthen our workforce, our technology and our processes, so that we can further improve what we do and deliver the best quality care to women and their babies. This is a great opportunity to join UHDB and make a real impact for the women and families we care for.

As a University Trustwe value learning, teaching, and training so that we help you to be the best that you can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, and we always want to treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves.

An extensive induction package is offered to successful candidates joining our Maternity services to ensure you are well supported and have time to adjust to working within our teams.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We have:
  • An inclusive and supportive culture - our Trust encourages staff to bring their whole selves to work and active Staff Networks to identify areas for improvement.
  • Employee Support and wellbeing - we have a comprehensive Employee Health & Wellbeing Programme which includes a counselling service and a range of activities.
  • Staff benefits - We have a range of staff benefits and schemes to support staff health, engagement, wellbeing and inclusion.

Details of UHDB sites

We have three wards across two sites, with a total of 88 beds for antenatal, postnatal and induction of labour.

At Royal Derby Hospital there are:
  • 17 delivery rooms including one pool room and bereavement suite.
  • Four bedded Midwife led birth centre.
  • Four bedded Obstetric Enhanced Care area and a two bedded assessment bay

Queens Hospital Burton has seven delivery rooms including one pool room and one bereavement suite.

Samuel Johnson Community Hospital is currently does not provide intrapartum care but runs as a community midwifery hub.

Where we are now:

We hold a CQC Good rating (from 2019) and we are focused on making progress in achieving compliance with the immediate and essential actions from Ockenden recommendations, as well as implementing valuable learning from recent external reviews and reports into the service.

We want to:
  • Be fully compliant against all national safety measures.
  • Embed recommended changes from recent reviews of our service.
  • Make sure we communicate well with families, so that every woman feels properly listened to and that we act on their feedback.
  • Create the best possible environment at work for our teams to do their job.
  • Do the things we have said we will do, including how we make sure we have learned and made changes when something has not gone well.

A lot of work is underway already, and we welcome applications from those who want to be a part of that journey.

If you would like to look around our Maternity Unit and find out more about our Midwifery posts, please contact us.

See full job description for more information regarding this role.

Person Specification



  • Registered Midwife with evidence of sustained personal and professional development
  • Post graduate leadership qualification or relevant experience
  • Extensive experience of working at senior leadership level in a complex maternity and Trust environment
  • Experience of leading organisational / service changes to deliver improvement
  • Experience of working at a senior level across organisational boundaries


  • Recognised qualification in leading change
  • Ability to write complex reports and formulate policy
  • Professional Midwifery Advocate

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust


Cross site : UHDB

Uttoxeter Road


DE22 3NE

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