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Deputy Head of Midwifery - QHB

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
Burton on Trent
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pro rata pa
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB) has one of the largest maternity services in the UK, providing maternity care across Derbyshire and into Staffordshire.

We want to provide woman-centred, family friendly care and offer a range of models of midwifery and obstetric care provision. This includes midwife-led care, continuity of carer models, and specialist care provided by our obstetric teams for women with more complex needs, as well as community midwifery services.

The Deputy Head of Midwifery (HOM) is a senior managerial and clinical leadership post at UHDB. The primary role function is to support the Head and Director of Midwifery in providing a high level of professional support and advice to all staff working in the midwifery service. This will include having oversight of the day-to-day operational function of the services, to ensure safe, high-quality care is given to mothers and babies. There will be the need to support the wider corporate professional agenda.

In collaboration with the Head of Midwifery, the post holder will have delegated responsibility and accountability for, clinical standards, patient experience, and safe, effective service delivery across the maternity service.

Main duties of the job

The Deputy HOM will also have a key role in the transformation and development of maternity services, including the strategic vision and direction of future service provision, and the associated development of an empowered workforce that will be trained and equipped to deliver high quality, safe care in all clinical settings.

A key element of the role will be to take the service lead for all workforce management issues associated with the midwifery, nursing and maternity support worker teams. Together with the senior midwifery team, this will comprise recruitment and retention, staff development and training and overall accountability for staffing budgets and establishments.

The post holder will be a visible and professional leader of midwives, nurses and support staff. The Deputy Head of Midwifery will be a clinically credible practitioner acting as an advocate and role model, using their expert knowledge and skills to further develop and maintain a safe, high quality personalised service for women choosing UHDB for their maternity experience.

Assist the HoM in operational accountability for the Maternity & Gynaecology midwifery & nursing workforce as well as setting and delivering strategic direction for Nursing and midwifery teams. They will support by providing effective visible leadership, contributing towards the achievement of the financial forecast and delivery of contracted activity.

Closing date of applications- 24 September 2023

Interview date - 6 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.

Person Specification

Shortlisting criteria


  • Current Professional Midwifery Registration
  • First level degree or equivalent demonstrable experience and Masters degree or willing to work towards
  • Previous experience and excellent knowledge of risk management and quality improvement
  • Highly developed communications skills and excellent report writing skills
  • Understanding of National and local Quality Indicators
  • Excellent planning skills including strategic and operational plans
  • Ability to assimilate and analyse highly complex information, interpreting and comparing information to reach appropriate decisions on a range of options
  • Ability to support those providing direct patient care by providing expert advise on clinical risk issues and implementing Trust systems which benefits safe patient care whilst ensuring compliance with national guidance / recommendations in relation to the Quality and Patient Safety agenda

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust


Queens Hospital Burton

Belvedere Road

Burton on Trent

DE13 0RB

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