Consultant - Midwife

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
11 Dec 2023

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you have the vision, motivation and experience to join our senior maternity leadership team at this exciting time?

Do you have a wealth of operational and clinical experience at Matron level or above?

Do you have the ability to motivate & lead others and successfully implement change within the maternity arena?

Do you have the experience to work collaboratively with Maternity, Neonatal and Anaesthetic colleagues as well as our women and families both locally and regionally to work towards the shared vision of Maternity and Neonatal services in the North East?

Are you looking to consolidate your skills, knowledge and experience in this exciting role?

Are you looking for a key professional maternity leadership role within an approachable organisation?

This is an opportunity for you to join our friendly team sharing our passion to create a safer future for Maternity services across South Tyneside and Sunderland.

An exciting opportunity has arisen across South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust to recruit a self-motivated, enthusiastic and dynamic Consultant Midwife. The successful candidate will work closely with the Head of Midwifery to lead, develop and support the ongoing improvements within the maternity services. You will play a key role in assisting in the professional development of midwives across the organisation.

Main duties of the job

Our service provides Midwifery Led care as well as Consultant Led Obstetric services to ensure personalised care to all women throughout their pregnancy and childbirth pathway. Successful candidates will be supporting the work across the whole range of maternity services at STSFT.

Applicants should be Registered Midwives on Part 10 of the NMC Professional Register and hold a masters level qualification in a health related subject. Candidates should possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and have the ability to work collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team and wider stakeholders and partners. You will provide inspirational role modelling to support the transformation of maternity services the consultant midwife will support clinical practice providing expert advice to other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

A flexible approach to working hours is essential.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description for full details

The role of the Consultant Midwife is to provide leadership, expert practice, support service development and research/evaluation. One of the focus of this role at South Tyneside & Sunderland Foundation Trust will be to support the DoM/HoM with the implementation of the National Single Delivery Plan (NHSE) within the maternity services. By working in collaboration with the Maternity Triumvirate (Head of Midwifery, Clinical Business Unit Manager and Clinical Director) and wider senior team.

The Consultant Midwife will act as an expert midwifery advisor internally and externally. This will include acting as an ambassador for the Trusts maternity service, representing it as a centre of excellence internally and nationally as required by the Director/ Head of Midwifery or Exec DoNMAHP.

The role of the Consultant Midwife for South Tyneside and Sunderland Foundation Trust is to support, to be an inspirational role model, to lead and support the transformation of the maternity services in South Tyneside and Sunderland to include midwifery led pathways of care and public health.

The midwife consultant post will be characterised by the four principal role functions:

an expert practice

a professional leadership and consultancy

an education, training and development

a practice and service development, research and evaluation

The consultant midwife will support clinical practice providing expert advice to staff and hands on practical care in all practice settings where required and be an expert role model.

Person Specification



  • NMC Registered Midwife (Level 1 minimum).
  • Degree in Midwifery studies, or healthcare related subject (UK equivalent) with additional clinical and professional experience with relevance to maternity.
  • Masters Qualification in a relevant clinical or currently studying.
  • Mentorship Qualification or equivalent demonstrable experience.
  • Evidence of continual professional development in specialist areas of midwifery.
  • Leadership/Management course or equivalent demonstrable experience.


  • Professional Midwifery Advocate.



  • In-depth professional theoretical knowledge and experience of Midwifery across antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal services.
  • Evidence of substantial knowledge/ clinical experience in Public health and inequalities.
  • Experience of working in partnership with a multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Evidence of innovative practice that involves research and or audit.
  • Project management skills.
  • Awareness of National NHS agenda and the National Maternity Transformation requirements.
  • Knowledge of current developments in midwifery and political awareness of NHS.
  • Evidence of teaching and mentoring staff/students.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading change and problem solving in clinical settings, client care and experience.


  • Previous experience working as an advanced midwifery practitioner.
  • Experience in public speaking and presenting at conferences or similar.
  • Evidence of Academic publications.

Skills & Knowledge


  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills including presentations and publications.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to develop policies and procedures.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to lead, influence and negotiate with staff at all levels internally and externally.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrate awareness of priorities, deals with workloads, adapts to changing requirements and uses initiative.
  • Able to work sensibly and collaboratively across organizational and professional boundaries, recognising changes in circumstances and to incorporate them into practice.
  • Awareness of equality and diversity issues.
  • Negotiating and ability to resolve conflict.
  • Ability to compile, analyse and disseminate complex information.
  • Ability to develop educational programmes, teach and support education of staff.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and organise workload, allocating work as necessary, working to tight and often changing deadlines.
  • Demonstrates sound judgement in the absence of clear guidelines or precedent, seeking advice as necessary form more senior management when appropriate.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to chair / organise and lead work stream / meetings involving a range of staff.
  • Able to think strategically and translate vision for local service into delivery by collaboration and partnership.
  • Highly developed leadership skills with the ability to motivate and involve individuals.


  • Budget management skills

Physical Skills


  • Standard keyboard skills and IT literacy including knowledge of microsoft, Outlook, Excel, Teams and badgernet.
  • Ability to participate in a managers on call rota as part of the Trusts out of hours management provision.
  • Must meet the travel requirements of the post i.e. supporting services across multiple sites during working hours.

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road



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