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Specialist Midwife Substance and Alcohol Misuse

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year p.a. inc. pro rata
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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The post holder will be the clinical lead Midwife, delivering excellence in Midwifery care to vulnerable drug and or alcohol misusing pregnant women and their babies who are booked for care at the Homerton Hospital maternity department. Midwifery care will be delivered in Hospital and or community settings. Integral parts of the role will be clinical expertise, training and leadership. Performance will be reviewed regularly and measured against a previously agreed set of competencies.

Main duties of the job

To ensure that women in Hackney affected by problem drug and or alcohol use, and their families, receive expert maternity care through:
  • Sensitive, appropriate, individualised care based on the best available evidence and according to existing Hospital policy and ensuring policies are updated as necessary
  • Dissemination of best practice to multi agency colleagues
  • Effective liaison and communication between involved agencies e.g.: Community Drug / Alcohol Services (CDS), Maternity Unit, Social Services and Neonatal Services
  • To support, train and provide expert advice to the midwifery workforce on care of women affected by substance and alcohol misuse

About us

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a high performing and flourishing organisation serving the population of Hackney, East London, The City and beyond.

We are extremely proud of the fact that Homerton Hospital has recently attained the highest possible rating of Outstanding from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Our integrated Trust provides comprehensive hospital and community health services for its local population and a range of specialist services for a wider group of patients. In addition, the Trust manages services out of St Leonard's Hospital and the Mary Seacole Nursing Home.

Homerton aims to ensure equality and value diversity, and we are committed to inclusion for all of our staff. This is reflected in our policies, procedures and People Plan. All of our staff are expected to embody our Trust values at all times.

We are also committed, through our Fair Recruitment Standards, to ensuring all applicants are treated fairly.

Homerton has a proud tradition of supporting and developing its staff, including its well-regarded and valued nursing community, and all staff are able to take advantage of a great range of benefits.

Homerton is proud to have been included on the HSJ & Nursing Times Best Places to Work list.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s on this page.

The person specification below is not the full person specification but outlines the criteria against which your application form will be assessed.

Person Specification

Essential and Desirable


  • Registered midwife with active registration
  • Evidence of post-qualification education
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Awareness of substance and alcohol misuse issues and willingness to gain specialist knowledge
  • Extensive midwifery experience
  • Ability to practice in all areas in accordance with all NMC Codes and Standards
  • IT skills, including basic knowledge of Microsoft excel
  • Ability to exercise own initiative
  • Ability to relate to others appropriately
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Reflective, ability to critically evaluate practice and care packages
  • Effective team collaboration
  • Able to adapt to delivering clinical care in unusual settings
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Awareness of self-care and emotional wellbeing
  • Completed preceptorship
  • Experience of all areas of midwifery, particularly antenatal care
  • Working with families affected by substance misuse
  • Working with families affected by domestic violence
  • Working with safeguarding and child protection issues
  • Knowledge / understanding of confidentiality issues
  • Can demonstrate forward thinking approach to care
  • Evidence of CP training to minimum of level 3
  • Knowledge of Child Protection procedures both local and national
  • Awareness of the needs of minoritised women and staff
  • Understanding of the Public Health agenda
  • Understanding of domestic violence
  • Can demonstrate application of theory of all of the above to practice
  • Evidence of management / leadership skills
  • Understanding and demonstration of the Trust Values
  • Commitment and adherence to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Be prepared to work flexibly according to service needs
  • Must demonstrate a non-judgmental attitude


  • Further education in substance misuse or mental health
  • PMA
  • Nurse/Midwife prescriber
  • Child protection supervision trained
  • Phlebotomy skills
  • Experience of child protection supervision
  • Counselling skills
  • Reporting skills, including managing and analysing data relating to Key Performance Indicators or other targets
  • Motivational interviewing skills
  • Experienced of managing own caseload (antenatal and postnatal)
  • Knowledge of philosophy of team working and awareness of own leadership style.
  • Evidence of domestic violence training

Employer details

Employer name

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Homerton Hospital

Homerton Row


E9 6SR

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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