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Community Midwifery Team Lead - Band 7 - Maternity

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St. Edmunds
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
28 Sep 2023
We are looking for a highly motivated, experienced, and passionate midwife to work as a Community Midwifery Team Lead, band 7. This is an excellent opportunity for a midwife with strong clinical leadership skills to work in a senior role. The post holder will be committed to supporting implementation of national improvement initiatives, be organised and able to motivate a team.

The post holder must have a high level of skill and respond well to change, contributing to shaping our future service and staff. The midwife must be able to demonstrate excellent leadership skills, be a caring and compassionate individual focused on providing excellent quality care, working within the values held by West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

This is a permanent post 37.5 hours per week and Will be based across a community setting covering Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill areas.

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is responsible for providing personalised care to approximately 2,400 women during their childbirth experience. We offer both choice of lead professional and place of birth at home, on our co-located MLBU or multi-professional labour suite.

Main duties of the job

The successful postholder will be a practising midwife who will work within the Women and Childrens division.

To act as a positive role model and provide professional knowledge to all members of the multidisciplinary team within the maternity and neonatal service.

To be fully informed of the risk management strategy, be responsible for reporting incidents, risk assessment and development of action plans to reduce risk and complaints.

Responsible and accountable for the development of maternity services to ensure high standards of clinical care are maintained.

To be the coordinator for a specific community team and ensure efficient use of resources within that area.

To promote and facilitate a working environment which actively supports learning, innovation and the development of quality care for patients.

To provide leadership to all staff and act as a positive role model for the midwifery team

To ensure the safe provision of a safe and high-quality midwifery service.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see supporting information for full Job Description.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities:

Work within the statutory framework governing midwifery practice.

Act as a role model by providing strong leadership and maintaining a high standard of professional expertise and conduct.

Liaise with multi-disciplinary team ensuring collaborative care.

To participate with formal investigation of complaints and incidents with the support of line manager

Be responsible for appraisals of an allocated number of midwives and support staff through the personal review process, monitoring and developing performance.

Regularly monitor the sickness and absence of staff and provide informal and formal counselling as per trust policy.

Ensure timely completion of duty rotas which ensure appropriate 24-hour cover of establishment, including on calls.

Be responsible for selection and induction of new staff within the clinical areas.

Provide ongoing effective leadership support advice.

Participate in the teaching and dissemination of professional and clinical knowledge to all members of staff.

To be fully informed of the risk management strategy, be responsible for reporting incidents, risk assessment and development of action plans to reduce risk and complaints.

1. Communication:

Demonstrate clear lines of communication with colleagues, mangers, matrons, risk manger and members of the multi-disciplinary team.

Recognises and reflects on barriers to effective communication.

Participate in complaints procedures as requested in relation to adverse outcomes. Report complaints and untoward incidents to the midwifery managers, investigate as necessary and be proactive in preventing further incidents.

Build and develop on existing communication with external stakeholders including Maternity and Neonatal Voice Partnership (MNVP).

Present findings of ongoing audit and education development sessions

Lead and promote good working relationships between midwives and the multi-professional team.

Present and use audit meetings as a forum for improvements in standards and patient care as per Trusts policy.

Take responsibility for communicating to and leading staff in meeting new Trust or national initiatives.

Promote team building and maintain cohesion within clinical areas to establish a positive working environment and promote and support autonomous practice.

2. Planning and organisational Skills:

Completion of the duty rota, ensuring appropriate skill mix cover and including on call service for homebirths and escalation, when required.

Co-ordinate team representation at clinical audit and professional meetings within the hospital and community setting.

Understand agenda format and be able to organise and take minutes. Arrange team meetings and disseminate information from meetings to ensure effective communication approach.

Be responsible for the operational management of personnel issues such as management of sickness absence, including interviewing staff following each episode of absence, and take appropriate action in line with Trust policy.

Supervise and support the development of less experienced staff within clinical areas to facilitate opportunities for practical and theoretical educational development.

To provide mentorship and preceptorship to midwives and students in a supportive environment for learning and development, working closely with the Practice Development Team.

Act as a link with educationalists to ensure students needs are met and take responsibility for co-ordinating student allocation.

Act as a host to women and visitors using the service and raise positively the public profile of the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

3. Clinical Duties:

Ensure care given to women and their families is in keeping with agreed local policies and with due regard to the NMC Midwives Rules, Codes of Practice and scope of Professional Conduct.

Maintain accurate, legible and contemporaneous records in accordance with the NMC Code.

Be an expert in normal midwifery and act as a resource by providing support and development opportunities for staff and students.

Be conversant with child protection procedure. Participate in planning meetings, conferences and pre-birth assessment.

Carry continuing responsibility for the assessment of individual care needs and provide leadership in promoting midwifery-led care and normal birth.

Ensure that midwifery practice is in keeping with current research and appropriate for the individual woman and participate in the development of implementation of research-based midwifery practice.

Be actively involved in the clinical governance agenda in initiating and participate in midwifery and medical audit, taking a lead role in subsequent change process.

Maintenance of a twenty-four-hour maternity service for women and participate in on-call commitments as required.

Competent at homebirths when working in community. Able to demonstrate competency in adult and newborn resuscitation.

Skilled and competent in maintaining contemporaneous records.

Provide a highly visible presence in clinical areas acting as a resource for staff regarding safeguarding children and vulnerable families.

Support midwives and maternity support staff to plan and deliver individualised and safe care pathways, escalating to appropriate members of the multi-disciplinary team when challenging issues arise.

Ability to work under pressure and maintain good clinical judgement at all times.

Maintain and develop own professional competence and be responsible for statutory requirements.

4. Governance:

Be proactive in conducting audit and participate in the development, monitoring and audit of standards of care.

Be innovative in introducing quality approach to service provision by setting, implementing, monitoring and evaluating standards of care.

Ensure a safe clinical environment for women babies and families, considering the Trusts health and safety policies.

Understand the risk management processes in the trust and service.

Demonstrate awareness and compliance with risk management policy.

Demonstrate responsibility in ensuring key recommendations from risk incidents are effectively implemented.

Adapt and quickly respond to changes in service or departmental needs.

To lead in the implementation of changes to clinical practice in response to evidence-based practice of care or the changing needs of women.

Lead and participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of standards of care, including guideline development and audit.

5. Finance and Resources:

To ensure effective and efficient use of all resources. Be aware of budgetary responsibilities and ensure adequate systems are in place for maintenance of equipment and resources.

Appropriate use of resources to minimise the risk from potentially harmful substances using trusts infection prevention measures.

Be responsible for the appropriate use, ordering and maintenance of equipment and identification of resources needed.

6. Leadership and management:

Directly line manage midwifery and support staff of the defined area.

Develop effective working relationships with all members of the multidisciplinary team including external agencies to ensure seamless care and pathways for all women.

Demonstrate a high level of communication and organisational skills. Be a key stakeholder for the development and management of individuals within your team.

Deputise for Outpatients matron as necessary.

Exercise leadership of a team to manage the provision of effective care to mothers and babies to safeguard their wellbeing and interests.

Support, motivate and lead by example, facilitating development of junior staff.

Participate in the annual appraisal of midwives and support staff, build on personal development plans with midwives to ensure they fulfil the role of the midwife with confidence and competence.

Empower midwives to achieve their objectives by providing ongoing support and effective leadership.

Monitor standards and competencies within the clinical team, liaising with line manager, taking appropriate corrective action if standards are not achieved.

7. Research & Development:

Continually demonstrate evidence of developing clinical and managerial knowledge and expertise.

Ensure all staff are acquainted with current legislation and are familiar with local policies and personnel procedures.

Be responsible for Health, Safety and the welfare of staff, clients, and the public.

Participate in relevant research and audit programmes.

Participate in audit and data collection that supports service development to improve safer outcomes for families.

Be responsible for the promotion of evidence-based practice.

Person Specification



  • Post-registration experience at band 6 in all areas in accordance with the Midwives Rules and Code.
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet trust values.
  • Able to facilitate and assess the professional development of midwifery practice.
  • Is visible as an expert in normality and demonstrates forward-thinking, evidence-based approach towards midwifery care and patient choice.
  • Able to act as a midwifery specialist advisor to team members and other professional groups in formal and informal settings.
  • Previous experience and involvement in midwifery research or audit.
  • Up to date with requirements of safeguarding with
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