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Antenatal and Newborn Screening Co-ordinator - Midwife - Band 7

North Bristol NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year PA
Closing date
27 Nov 2023

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Antenatal & Newborn Screening Coordinator- Registered Midwife

We are looking for an exceptional Midwife to join out specialist team based at Southmead Hospital in Bristol as an Antenatal and Newborn Screening Coordinator.

The successful applicant will be responsible for implementing new national standards and driving continual service improvement within the Antenatal and Newborn (ANNB) NHS Screening programmes delivered at North Bristol NHS Trust:
  • Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP)
  • Infectious Diseases in Pregnancy Screening Programme (IDPS)
  • Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programme (SCT)
  • Newborn Bloodspot Screening Programme (NBS)
  • Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Screening Programme (NIPE)
  • Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP)

Why apply?

The Antenatal and Newborn Screening Coordinator position is a fantastic opportunity to take on a specialist midwifery role and coordinate and have oversight of the ANNB NHS Screening Programmes delivered at North Bristol NHS Trust.

At North Bristol NHS Trust, our maternity services provide a full range of maternity care. More than 5200 babies are born with us every year and our dedicated midwives, doctors, maternity care support workers (MCSW's) and support staff are committed to providing personalised care to the highest standards. Our maternity services are renowned nationally and internationally, having developed PROMPT and a wide research portfolio.

Main duties of the job

As the Antenatal and Newborn Screening Coordinator, your responsibilities will include:
  • Acting as a specialist in the field of ANNB screening programmes, diagnosis, assisting and advising other health professionals in the care of women and babies undergoing screening.
  • Ensuring timely submission of national screening programme data to the regional Screening Quality Assurance Service (SQAS) and Screening and Immunisation Team (SIT).
  • Designing and implementing actions plans for quality improvement
  • Leading the practice development for maternity unit staff

The successful applicant will have:
  • Recent antenatal and newborn screening experience.
  • Broad knowledge of the National Antenatal and Newborn Screening Programmes, including standards and recommendations.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with members of the multi-disciplinary team.

About us

North Bristol NHS Trust employs over 12,000 staff providing healthcare to the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset from our award-winning hospital building at Southmead. We are the regional Major Trauma Centre, and an internationally recognised centre of excellence in a range of services and major specialities. Our vision is that by enabling our teams to be the best that they can be, we will provide exceptional healthcare, personally delivered.

We commit to treating each patient as an individual with respect and dignity, aiming to deliver excellent clinical outcomes and a first-class experience for everyone who uses our services.

North Bristol NHS Trust values all people as individuals. We aim to be an anti-discriminatory organisation and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We welcome applicants from all underrepresented groups.

Bristol is consistently voted the best place to live in the UK, with vibrant local music, arts and gastronomic scenes, a wide range of modern and state of the art shopping, recreation and leisure facilities, a wealth of great local family days out, fantastic transport links for local, national and internal holidays, and it has a rich history. If you prefer country, village or smaller town living, our Trust is also easily commutable from a range of attractive locations in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and South Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the full Job Description and Person Specification, please refer to the PDF documents attached to this vacancy.

Main Duties and Responsibilities of the Post
  • To act as a specialist in the field of ANNB Screening programmes and diagnosis, assisting and advising other health professionals in the care of clients undergoing screening.
  • Mapping individual screening programmes to ensure NBT meet contractual screening programme obligations.
  • Ensure all eligible women and babies are offered screening.
  • Oversee and monitor the national failsafe IT systems.
  • Manage appropriate referral of all positive screening test results ensuring that referrals are actioned appropriately and in a timely manner.
  • Provide counselling and support to women through the screening pathway and decision making process. This includes breaking bad news / informing them of new diagnosis.
  • Communicate with the client in a form and manner consistent with their level of understanding, culture, background and preferred ways of communicating.
  • Work in partnership with women, their relatives and multi-disciplinary team in the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of seamless care.
  • Involve other agencies and practitioners in care planning to meet complex needs.
  • Attend multi-disciplinary meetings to support womens journey through screen positive pathway.
  • Coordinate and monitor the implementation and delivery of care plans.
  • Liaise with appropriate departments and external agencies to ensure a quick and coordinated response following a screen positive result.
  • Implement and monitor quality systems e.g. national and local benchmarking data.
  • Develop data collection processes relating to the national screening programme data set (annual report, key performance indicators, and national audit).
  • Ensure timely submission of accurate data required by the national programme and the commissioners.
  • Implement change in screening standards to ensure quality performance and assurance.
  • Undertake screening programme user satisfaction survey and make recommendations / implement changes in practice, where required.
  • To ensure the service meets agreed local policies and protocols as well as nationally set targets.
  • To report and manage possible risks or screening incidents as per local and national requirements and make recommendations, implement changes as required whilst supporting staff involved in incidents.
  • Ensure action logs are updated to ensure learning from incidents are implemented
  • Lead and develop an effective team which works towards agreed goals.
  • Delegate and supervise duties carried out by junior staff, ensuring work is realistic, achievable and takes into account team members abilities and individual development needs.
  • Provide advice and support as required to staff and give feedback in a manner likely to maintain and improve performance., including appraisals
  • To ensure appropriate channels of high levels of professional practice, reporting any concerns to the management team as necessary.
  • Have a lead role in recruitment for the department generating internal and external adverts, leading in interviews and responsibility for staff selections.
  • Ensure effective utilisation of staff take into account skill mix and role to assure appropriate deployment of people and skills.
  • Monitor and identify any deviations from the budget and report them appropriately.
  • Provide information to the senior management team on the current spend against the budget.
  • Monitoring of sickness, undertaking return to work interviews, liaising with Occupational Health, People and Transformation team and being involved in home visits if required
  • Responsible for facilitating and cascade screening information and updates.
  • Developing multi-disciplinary education materials and undertake / facilitate including mandatory training as per trust policy.
  • Produce and submit an annual report relating to NBTs screening service to the Trust, regional Commissioning and Quality Assurance team.
  • Chair the bi-monthly Antenatal & Newborn Clinical Screening Committee Meeting: setting the agenda and ensuring completion of actions.
  • Take a lead role in initiating audits to ensure compliance with screening standards / guidelines and presenting findings to multidisciplinary groups.
  • Develop, review and implement screening guidelines and pathways in line with national guidance / recommendations.
  • To be a member of the maternity clinical and guideline teams involved in standard setting and developing guidelines and policies.
  • Work collaboratively within the multidisciplinary team to improve standards and practice.
  • To have a good working knowledge of Trust risk management objectives and appreciation of the Trusts risk management objectives.
  • Produce highlight (incident) report(s) to be presented at local clinical governance meeting(s).
  • Represent NBT at regional / national screening meetings and forums.
  • Accountable for own professional actions undertaking all duties having regard to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct for the nurse, midwife and health visitor and their professional contribution to Clinical Governance.
  • Not directly supervised, to act independently, using own initiative as an autonomous practitioner.
  • Is guided by Trust protocols and codes of conduct.
  • All employees have a duty and a responsibility to protect and safeguard children.
  • Have an awareness of the child protection procedures and liaise with multi-agencies with regard to referrals and on-going plans of care.

  • Broad knowledge of the national Screening Programmes including national data reporting requirements.
  • Knowledge of Trust policies & procedures.

  • An experienced registered midwife with relevant recent clinical experience, including screening.
  • Evidence of ongoing professional and personal development

  • Able to provide leadership to a multidisciplinary team with knowledge and application of evidence-based practice and disseminate that knowledge to others
  • To have excellent competence and confidence in midwifery practice. Using professional judgement in diagnosing problems and formulating solutions.
  • Assess complex individual needs and develop an effective care plan.
  • To manage the workload by creating rotas to maintain an effective skill mix and allocating annual leave and study leave appropriately.
  • Able to facilitate successful change management.
  • Have a good working knowledge of Trust risk management objectives and appreciation of the Trusts risk management objectives.
  • Experience of writing professional reports / guidelines.
  • Experience of staff education and training within a multi-disciplinary setting.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with members of the multi-disciplinary team, both within the organisation and externally.
  • Organise, prioritise and adjust own manner that maintains and promotes quality.
  • Work flexibly when interruptions impact upon completion of own tasks.
  • Excellent time management skills to enable completion of tasks.
  • Computer literate and proficient in database and spreadsheet packages and hospital IT systems.
  • Skilled in collating and analysing information obtained from IT sources.
  • Able to monitor & maintain Excel screening spreadsheets and national failsafe IT systems.
  • To have a flexible and adaptable approach to work, training and own development.
  • Maintain accurate and contemporaneous documentation in compliance with the data protection act.
  • To be professionally accountable for their own midwifery practice, acting in a professional manner at all times, abiding by the Midwives Rules and Standards of Practice and all relevant NMC & Trust guidelines / protocols.

Person Specification



  • Registered Midwife
  • Evidence of post registration education

Work Experience


  • Practising midwife with a minimum of 5 or more years experience
  • Minimum 2 years experience working as a Deputy Screening Coordinator



  • Broad knowledge of the UK National Screening Committee Antenatal Screening Programmes, including national standards and recommendations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Analyses problems and implements effective and appropriate solutions
  • Evidence of successful change management
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Able
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