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Band 6 Preceptor and Experienced Midwives

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust became a new enlarged organisation on 1 July 2014. We now consist of the Royal Free Hospital, Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital.

We are offering exciting opportunities for newly qualified and experienced midwives to join our team. We provide maternity services across a large part of North and Central London. We also have services based across the community.

Joining together has meant that we have been able to expand in many areas of midwifery. This includes having 3 consultant midwives, midwifery teams leading on complex psychosocial care. We also have two alongside Birth Centres and one stand-alone at the Edgware Birth Centre. A comprehensive preceptorship program is offered to all newly qualified midwives. Your preference of hospital site will be discussed with you at interview

Main duties of the job

The main duties for this role are described in detail in the job description and person specification document, that is attached to this vacancy. Please ensure to read through to further your understanding of the role.

About us

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals, our dedicated army of staff care for over 1.6million patients, treat more than 200,000 in A& E, deliver over 8,000 babies and carry out more than 17million tests.

Our size, scale and influence offer you unrivalled career opportunities and a forward-thinking approach to working that works around your lifestyle. From flexible hours and generous benefits, to next level training, we make it easier to take your career to the top

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Provide a high standard of midwifery care to mothers and babies duringthe antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period.

Take autonomous clinical decisions in an emergency to ensure safeoutcomes for mother and baby

Able to work as an autonomous practitioner in all aspects of midwiferypractice

Carry out risk assessments in the hospital, birth centres and communitysettings and safely manage obstetric and neonatal emergenciesincluding emergency situations when medical help is not available

Develop and maintain clinical competencies and be aware of currentadvances, expectations and needs of the service.

Be responsible for the implementation of evidence based midwifery andmedical practice.

Manage complex situations sensitively and effectively. Process andmanage complex information regarding client care where there areconflicts. Communicate effectively with multi-professional team andclient. Manage language barriers by appropriate use/booking of linkworkers.

Provide emergency cover if able, and at short notice, for unexpectedabsence/sickness across all services.

Ensure that attitudes displayed by the staff towards anyone who entersthe work area are courteous and helpful -maintain Trust BehaviourStandards

Ability to prioritise workload and appropriate assess individual clients andservice needs

Establish a good rapport with mothers and their relatives

Ensure clients satisfaction in relation to their care

Provide preceptorship support to all new members of staff

Use of advocacy, counselling, negotiating and liaising skills betweenclient and multidisciplinary team.

Use appropriate physical skills acquired through experience and/oreducation

Maintain the custody of drugs and medicines according to the Misuse ofDrugs Act.

Participate in internal rotation to day and night duty within any clinicalarea of the Midwifery Service across all sites as defined in off duty rotas.For Community, this will include full on call rota to cover the communityand Birth Centres

Make suggestions for and co operate in improvements planned for theservice

Awareness of Trusts Complaints Policy and take appropriate actionwhen required.

Person Specification



  • Minimum introduction to IV cannulations, suturing, scrubbing in theatre, epidural top ups, resuscitation of new born


  • Previous experience working as a midwife/Band 5 grade nurse. Working in an environment where 'normality in midwifery' is the main focus (MLC) unit. Previous experience working in a community setting.



  • Ability to evaluate midwifery care.
  • Ability to relate NMC Midwives Rules, Code of Practice, The Scope of Professional Practice, Standards for the Administration of Medicines
  • Able to use appropriate language according to circumstances
  • Legible, literate, grammatically accurate
  • Able to work well within a team.
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Ability to prioritise own workload
  • Ability to manage junior staff
  • Have knowledge of the Public Health Agenda
  • Ability to educate parents and students
  • Ability to undertake all midwifery duties within the relevant clinical area.
  • IT literate
  • knowledge of Clinical Governance


  • Knowledge of current NSF framework/healthy hospitals initiative

Skills & Aptitudes


  • Polite, reliable, honest, punctual, approachable, dependable, non-judgemental
  • Ability to adapt to new working practices
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Ability to deal calmly and courteously with difficult people
  • Adaptable and flexible approach to working within the Unit.
  • Flexible working hours
  • Full commitment to the job


  • Able to meet the practical requirements of the post. i.e. cross site shift patterns



  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values



  • NMC Part 10 register or equivalent
  • Experience (placement or post grad) within both the wards and delivery suite areas


  • Evidence of professional updating
  • Academic and/or professional/vocational training and development

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Free/Barnet Hospital



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