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Midwife, Meadow Birth Centre, WRH

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for experienced midwives to join our established Midwifery team based within the award winning Meadow Birth Centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. Meadow is a four bedded Midwife led birth centre with 3 fixed birthing pools, providing a home from home environment with the security of a co-located Obstetric unit.

We are looking for kind, compassionate and innovative Midwives to join our team who are committed to providing high quality, safe, women centred care. You will engage with women and families to encourage and promote physiological birth, women centred care and advocate for women and their families in their choices.

Main duties of the job

You will be required to provide safe and effective care to women/pregnant people during the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum period.

You will have a philosophy that is client centred, promotes choice and actively uses approaches to put women and birthing people at the centre of care.

You will work within a small team including Maternity Support Workers to provide appropriate care , and in collaboration with the wider multidisciplinary team as required.

As a teaching hospital, you will be expected to act as supervisor/assessor to student Midwives or Paramedics.

You will be based within the birth centre, but can be asked to rotate between all clinical areas to cover service needs, and to work on a rotation basis to include day and night shifts and weekends.

You will have successfully completed a preceptorship programme and achieved midwifery competencies such as cannulation, IV drug administration and suturing.

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is nearly 6,800 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities



Post Title:Midwife

Pay Band:6

Hours:Full Time/Part time


Location / Department:Maternity,Trustwide

Accountable to:Divisional Director of Midwifery

Reports to:Ward Manager/Team Leader

Key Working Relationships:

Ward Manager/Team Leader, Midwifery andsupportstaff, Medical staff, Patients and relatives

Job Purpose:

Act as the professional lead for low risk women, promoting physiological birthing process.

Be responsible for the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care within the practice area and to provide and maintain high standards of midwifery care.

Teach, motivate and encourage high standards of practice whilst furthering personal knowledge and experience.

Accept responsibility for own personal and professional development

To contribute to the management of the practice area by accepting delegated responsibility from senior colleagues.

Contribute to the learning environment of the practice area to enable students and new members of the practice area team to be supported

Ensure all statutory and non-statutory rules and regulations are complied with.

Assist in promoting Clinical Risk Management within the practice area.

To provide effective leadership and to act as a good role model.

To supervise junior staff and to teach qualified and unqualified staff, acting as a mentor, as appropriate, providing advice and support as necessary.

Work autonomously within guidelines and spheres of professional practice.

To take all measures to ensure safety and report all accidents/incidents to the Ward Manager/Matron/Divisional Director of Midwifery and to monitor the safe and effective use of all equipment and the economic use of supplies.

Maintain accurate management records at all times, ensuring appropriate reporting mechanisms are used.

To assist in other wards/department of the maternity services if the clinical situation or staffing levels demand.

To become familiar with ward/department budget and efficient and effective utilisation of resources.

Be conversant with Trust and other Policies and Procedures and mechanisms in place for effective care and efficient management of the Maternity Unit.

Have ability and skills to organise own workload

Be able to cannulate and suture

Key Duties:

Patient Care:

To plan and deliver evidence based midwifery care in partnership with women and their families.

To work collaboratively with women, respecting their right to make informed decisions about their care.

To manage high risk labours in partnership with Consultant Midwife and Obstetric colleagues where women choose to use the Birth Centre outside of guidance.

To provide a supportive relationship, acting as advocate for women and their families.

Utilise the full skills of a midwife practitioner (both integral and extended) towomenusing the Birth Centre.

To discuss with the Ward Manager/Team Leader, development and changes both midwifery and medical, which affect patients directly and indirectly.

Communicate effectively with multi-disciplinary professionals and agencies, ensuring seamless care at a high standard.

To take appropriate action to ensure the safety of patients, including the delegation of patient care to midwives, with the appropriate level skill at all times. To report any accidents/incidents to the Ward Manager/Team Leader

To ensure that midwifery procedures/guidelines are implemented and maintained in accordance with the policies of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and national guidance.

To ensure that acceptable standards of care are maintained and, where necessary, instigate changes in agreement with the Ward Manager/Team Leader.

To be fully conversant in dealing with complex midwifery problems such as child protection issues.

Education and Training

Supervise the training of qualified and unqualified staff, and assist junior staff to develop clinical and managerial skills, in accordance with their level of competence.

To act as a preceptor for junior staff.

To participate in teaching for all learners in accordance with their objectives, working closely with local education providers. To provide support andcoachingas asupervisor/assessorto student midwives. To participate in teaching programmes as required.

Maintain knowledge of current midwifery practice by reading relevant journals and attending study days where appropriate, promoting research based practice in agreement with ward manager/team leader.

To organise and provide training programmes in accordance with the identified needs for the ward.

To participate in further post-registration training, as evidenced by developments in practice.


To autonomously manage a caseload within theBirth Centre,making decisions and acting on care needs as they arise.

To manage effectively theBirth Centrein the absence of the Ward Manager, co-ordinating and allocating work to staff.

To liaise with the midwives in charge of the wards/departments within the Trust to plan workloads and staffing levels as effectively as possible. To inform and discuss with the Ward Manager any problems regarding management and/or care of the woman.


To maintain a professional attitude at all times developing the role of the midwife in the best interest of the women and profession in accordance with Nursing & MidwiferyCouncil.

Be responsible for maintaining accurate and contemporaneous midwifery records, written and electronic in accordance with the relevant NMC and Trust guidance.

To be aware of extended personal and professional development. To attend courses and conferences as relevant according to the requirements of the role of an experienced midwife.

Develop competencies in the use of equipment in the clinical area, attend teaching sessions as appropriate.

To attend courses and conferences as relevant.

To be conversant and comply with the Trust policies and regulations and attend compulsory lectures as instructed.

To maintain good standards of care and assist in the implementation of recommendations from Government and professional bodies in relation to maternity care

Participate in research projects where appropriate, reporting findings within a multi-disciplinary framework.

Implement research projects where appropriate.

To be professionally accountable for ones own midwifery practice, acting in a professional manner at all times abiding by therelevant NMC and Trust practice protocols and guidelines.

To be responsible for the maintenance and improvement of own professional knowledge and competence in keeping with the practice and CPD standard laid down by the NMC to ensure continued professional registration.


To participate in the selection and interviewing of junior staff within the ward/department.

Participate in the devising and implementation of induction programmes for newly appointed staff.

To assist the Ward Manager/Team Leader in monitoring staff performance.

Participate in staff appraisal and the investigation of complaints and incidents.

To assist the ward manager in the maintenance of day to day discipline within the ward/department/area.

To inform the Ward/Department Manager (or Supervisor in his/her absence), of staff failing to meet the required standard of performance.

To counsel staff in relation to personnel and professional matters.

Vision and Values:

The Trust aims to provide local services for local people. It has developed its vision to reflect this commitment.

To continue to be the major provider of acute/specialist services for the people of Worcestershire (and wider) with a strong reputation for providing outstanding, high quality, reliable, accessible and integrated healthcare for local people

Driving this commitment are the Trust-wide signature behaviours:

Do what we say we will do

No Delays, every day

We listen, we learn, we lead

Work together, celebrate together

Person Specification



  • Registered Midwife
  • Evidence of further professional development to First Degree level or willingness to undertake
  • Evidence of continuing education


  • Management experience
  • Evidence of advanced midwifery studies
  • Teaching and Assessing Qualification
  • Training in complementary therapies such as aromatherapy/massage
  • NIPE qualification



  • Proven experience in all areas of Midwifery Practice
  • Proven experience of supervising staff and delegation
  • Ability to take the professional lead in caring for low risk women


  • Proven knowledge base / experience in speciality
  • Experience of appraising staff

Employer details

Employer name

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


Charles Hastings Way




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