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Deputy Named Midwife for Safeguarding (XR07)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Safeguarding Team here at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as the Deputy Named Midwife for Safeguarding, part-time over 3 days. We have invested in and strengthened our safeguarding team, and we are looking for someone with passion, commitment, and creativity to join the team. As a Trust we are committed to delivering safe, effective, and compassionate care to our patients which in turn ensures we are delivering excellent safeguarding practice.

Midwifery safeguarding has developed significantly over the last few years within LTHT, and we are now looking to invest into its development further. The Deputy Named Midwife is a senior role with operational and strategic responsibility and will be deeply integrated within the adults, childrens and maternity teams and agenda. This is to ensure LTHT meets its statutory responsibilities to safeguard the unborn, children, adults, and their families.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a strong understanding of safeguarding principles especially within midwifery as well as in relation to safeguarding children and adults. You will need a sound knowledge of midwifery and safeguarding processes. You will have experience in presenting training and be committed to working to the Hear my Voice and Think Family agendas and putting the individual at the centre of the safeguarding process.

The core responsibilities of the role will encompass giving support and advice to staff at LTHT, be involved in delivering safeguarding training, delivering safeguarding supervision and being a key stakeholder in MDT discussions internally and externally. You will be a key point of contact for our staff when safeguarding concerns arise and you will have skills in creating responses to safeguarding related incidents and report writing. As a senior member of the team, you will support both the junior band 6 team with day-to-day duty and advice and also support the management team in delivering the LTHT safeguarding strategy and audit process.

About us

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to be the best for specialist and integrated care. Our goals are to be the best for patient safety, quality, and experience to be a centre of excellence for specialist services, research, education and innovation to offer seamless integrated care to be financially sustainable and to be the best place to work. We are rated good by the Care Quality Commission.

Midwifery safeguarding has developed significantly over the last few years within LTHT, and we are now looking to invest into its development further. The Deputy Named Midwife is a senior role with operational and strategic responsibility and will be deeply integrated within the adults, childrens and maternity teams and agenda. This is to ensure LTHT meets its statutory responsibilities to safeguard the unborn, children, adults, and their families.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities



Job Title: Deputy Named Midwife for Safeguarding Children

Reports to: Named Midwife/ Nurse for safeguarding children

Accountable to: Head of Safeguarding

Band: 7

Unit/Department: Safeguarding

CSU Directorate:

Location : SJUH/LGI

AfC Job No: 2902b


The post holder will undertake the role of the Deputy Named Midwife for Safeguarding, acting as a senior Safeguarding Midwife within the Trust with the Named Midwife for Safeguarding providing a central point of contact for women, health professionals and partner agencies that have safeguarding children and child protection concerns in relation to women and or their families in the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period.

The post holder will work in partnership with the Head of Safeguarding, Named Midwife for Safeguarding and the other Named Safeguarding Professionals in ensuring that the safeguarding children statutory requirements are met within the maternity services as of the Children Act 2004.

The post holder will demonstrate advance skills and competencies to influence the pathways of care in the safeguarding in midwifery services. They ensure that evidence based practice is inherent in all aspects of care. The role requires a comprehensive and sound knowledge base of legal literacy of Children Act and family law that interface with the safeguarding children agenda.

The post holder will in partnership with the Head of Safeguarding, Named Midwife for Safeguarding Head of Midwifery and senior midwifery / management team lead in the development and delivery of high quality, evidence based services to women and their families identified as having safeguarding concerns.

Job summary:

To ensure the highest standards of safeguarding practice are delivered to the children and their families in partnership with all members of the internal and external multi-disciplinary team

To have responsibility for supervision of staff in relation to the delivery and maintenance of safeguarding children standards across the maternity department covered by LTHT.

Foster and maintain excellent communication links with other external agencies and professionals in relation to safeguarding children.

Be responsible for the audit of safeguarding practices within the maternity setting


Current services comprise two maternity units delivering @ 10.000 babies per year in a community, outpatient and inpatient setting.

To participate in specialist education and training in relation to safeguarding to clinical and non-clinical staff across the Midwifery teams

To provide professional and managerial leadership and evidence based support to all staff within the maternity service in relation to safeguarding.

To be knowledgeable of the NMC code of conduct and to be accountable for practice in accordance with that code, along with the Roles And Competencies For Healthcare Staff (2014)

To support the Named Midwife and other Named and Link Professionals in issues relating to safeguarding children.

Deputise for the Named Midwife for Safeguarding in their absence through attendance at meetings.

Support the Named Midwife for Safeguarding where necessary to represent the Trust at Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LCSBs) Board including attending LCSB sub-committees as appropriate.




Registered Midwife.

Recognised teaching/assessing qualification

First Level Degree Education/ Equivalent academic experience

Masters Level Degree Education (desirable)

Evidence of commitment to continuing professional development


Significant experience at senior level.

Extensive knowledge and experience of safeguarding practice and management at a senior level equivalent.

Experience of developing and contribution to audit processes and developing and implementing action plans.

Experience of standard setting in organisations

Significant experience of working in partnership with other external agencies to develop, implement and evaluate policies and strategies, including managing change.

Evidence of on-going professional development

Delivery of education and training within the clinical area, including innovative learning styles to enhance skills

Evidence of successful management of change


Possess and demonstrates strong analytical skills, literacy and numeracy.

Ability to evaluate information and data and interpret into reports.

High Quality monitoring /audit skills.

Ability to communicate across organisational and professional boundaries including challenging and difficult circumstances.

Negotiation and influencing skills and diplomacy.

Be able to confidently challenge practice of all disciplines and support colleagues in challenging perceived views offered by other professionals.

Be confident in conflict resolution and have an ability to think laterally.

Able to influence and develop effective working relationships within and beyond employing organisation.

Ability to give high level presentations to a variety of audiences and evaluate these and the presentations of others in the team.

Possess and demonstrate high level organisational

Competent and accurate IT skills.

Quality leadership skills and team management skills.

Ability to participate in, or lead research relevant to safeguarding.

Ability to interpret legal frameworks surrounding safeguarding.

Ability to develop policies and procedure, and good practice guidance as part of a team.

Ability to develop training in line with LSCB guidance and procedures

Evidence of clinical leadership

Ability to support and advise the Trust wide safeguarding steering group on midwifery.

Ability to contribute to (via the Trust wide steering group) the planning and strategic organisation of safeguarding services.

The post holder will have skills in the gathering and evaluation of evidence in order to safeguard vulnerable people.

The post holder will disseminate court skills and knowledge, where needed, through accessing Trust legal services and facilities


Extensive and specialist knowledge of the Multi Agency safeguarding children procedures as identified within the West Yorkshire Consortia Procedures

Confident with the Children Act 1989 & 2004, and able to confidently advise staff as to the appropriate management of safeguarding issues.

Confident with the guidance document Working Together to safeguard Children ( 2015 )

Extensive knowledge of clinical governance and risk management.

In depth knowledge of latest safeguarding research perspectives and implications for practice in the midwifery setting.

Advanced understanding of the Data Protection Act regarding confidentiality and consent in safeguarding situations.

Understanding of forensic procedures relating to safeguarding incidents.

In depth understanding of quality assurance processes and ability to implement these.

Knowledge of relevant legalisation in relation to safeguarding children.

Understanding and knowledge of appropriate legislation that relates to safeguarding children and adults how this can be operated within a health care setting.

Personal Attributes:

Excellent interpersonal skills

Ability to monitor, maintain and lead on improvements to service delivery


Enthusiastic Motivator


Flexibility, adaptable and capable of lateral thinking

Person Specification



  • Registered Midwife
  • First Level Degree Education / Equivalent academic experience
  • Recognised teaching/assessing qualification


  • Masters Level Degree Education
  • Post Registration Child Protection qualification
  • Willingness to undertake further training in line with requirements of role
  • Experience of involvement in child protection education, training & development

practical skills or Additional Requirements


  • Able to fulfil Occupational Health requirements for the post



  • In depth experience of working with complex safeguarding children cases
  • Experience of multi-agency working
  • Significant experience in audit and standard setting experience
  • Experience of managing investigations, including root cause analysis and complaints
  • Knowledge of the legislation surrounding safeguarding children and safeguarding adults relating to the midwifery services and health care setting
  • Knowledge of clinical governance & risk management
  • Significant experience at a senior level within midwifery
  • Delivery of education and training within clinical area Audit & Standard setting
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Detailed knowledge of current midwifery practice
  • Knowledge of current professional, local and national policies in relation safeguarding Children
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