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Head of Midwifery

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 a year pro rota for part time
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated senior midwife to contribute to the development and implementation of key objectives across the Clinical Management Group (CMG) and the Trust to deliver high quality care.

Working in close partnership with the Director of Midwifery, Deputy Chief Nurses, Women's & Children's Senior Leadership Team and Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland (LLR) System Partners you will contribute to the development of our new UHL Maternity & Neonatal Improvement Programme (MNIP), play an active role within the Local Maternity & Neonatal System (LMNS), as well get involved in the delivery of the LLR Women's Health Strategy.

You will lead on the operational implementation of the maternity workforce and perinatal surveillance strategic vision both at UHL and within LLR LMNS. As a compassionate and collaborative leader, and supportive manager, you will influence and deliver change, empower and support career growth in your teams, and be committed to tackling health and care inequalities.

The successful candidate will be actively involved in operationally leading the service and will be an essential voice and role in ensuring the provision of a safe, effective, and evidence-based care service for our communities.

The Head of Midwifery will have responsibilities and accountabilities across Maternity, Neonates, and Gynaecology ensuring supportive and responsive nursing and midwifery management and leadership of our services.

Main duties of the job

As a Head of Midwifery you will be a clinically credible practitioner acting as an advocate and role model for personalised care and evidence-based midwifery in line with national agendas, utilising expert knowledge. This includes the development of innovative strategies to enable a strong and empowered workforce at all levels which is fit for purpose and equipped to deliver excellence in care.

The Head of Midwifery is key position within the Women's and Children's Clinical Management Group (CMG) and has a prime focus on the day-to-day operational delivery of high-quality standards of care across the inpatient and community service.

The post holder will work with CMG Quadrumvirate as one of two Heads of Midwifery to support the development and progression of the Maternity and Neonatal Improvement Programme (MNIP) to achieve consistency of practice, high standards of care and innovation.

As the Head of Midwifery you will demonstrate effective leadership skills, meeting challenging deadlines, and deliver on key performance targets including a significant focus on perinatal quality surveillance and workforce

A key role is to make certain a framework is in place to enable appropriate management of all midwifery and nursing staff to ensure they are clinically and professionally developed and actively encouraged and supported to be efficient, effective, engaged and highly motivated.

About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:
  • high-quality care for all,
  • being a great place to work,
  • partnerships for impact, and
  • research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:
  • we are compassionate,
  • we are proud,
  • we are inclusive, and
  • we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

Job description

Job responsibilities

As one of two Heads of Midwifery together you will take responsibility for the leadership and line management of midwifery and nursing across Womens and Maternity within the Clinical Management Group (CMG).

The role:
  • Has responsibility for the delivery of safe and clinically effective maternity & nursing care across the CMG
  • In collaboration with the Director of Midwifery and Deputy Chief Nurse lead and manage the services by formulating long term, strategic plans
  • Provides credible, visible and effective leadership, to the deputy Heads of Midwifery, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Consultant Nurses / Midwives, Matrons and the wider nursing and midwifery operational teams
  • Contributes to the leadership of midwifery and nursing within the Trust as a member key Nursing & Midwifery corporate and divisional meetings
  • Provides advice, guidance and direction to other senior clinical and managerial colleagues on a range of matters as required
  • Develops mechanisms to enable the Deputy Heads of Midwifery, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Consultant Nurses / Midwives, and Matrons to develop and strengthen their leadership and management skills to meet the responsibilities of their roles.
  • Actively works to lead and empower midwives and nurses to develop and utilise their clinical leadership skills, enabling them to assume appropriate levels of authority to undertake their role effectively to support and develop the leadership within their wards and teams.
  • Takes leadership on MNIP & LMNS Workstreams to support the delivery of Trust, national and local professional priorities and objectives.
  • Demonstrates highly skilled leadership and develop clinical leadership in others and facilitate effective succession planning.
  • Participates in Trust initiatives to develop and improve clinical practice and patient care, providing expert advice and current service provision future developments

The Head(s) of Midwifery will work collaboratively to:
  • Develop, maintain, and provide assurance on clinical and operational governance systems and processes, specifically clinical risk management, CQC and Maternity Incentive Scheme (CNST) standards, clinical policy and procedure and clinical quality
  • Be accountable for the development and maintenance of robust systems and processes to monitor and report on incident management, patient experience outcomes, complaint management including resolution and the dissemination of learning to all members of the wider maternity team.
  • Demonstrate a highly visible, compassionate and inclusive leadership style, which is underpinned by the values of the Trust.

Working as a key clinical leader within the division, you will contribute to the overall achievement of the 6 standards of maternity and nursing excellence (Pathway to Excellence), playing a lead role in ensuring clinical standards are developed, maintained and monitored.

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • Registered Midwife
  • First Degree / Master's degree (or working towards) or equivalent level of experience in a highly specialised role
  • Professional training/learning which demonstrates highly developed professional knowledge / continuing professional development



  • Extensive leadership and managerial experience with evidence of achievement acquired through at least 3 years' experience at a senior level
  • Management of a large and diverse team
  • Experience of risk management and quality assurance
  • Strong evidence of service development and successful change management
  • Knowledge of the key regulations, outcomes and assessment methods used by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • Sound understanding of the NHS, current legislation and national strategy

Service Development


  • Develop and maintain constructive relationships with all professional disciplines



  • Set and monitor standards of care that ensure this is delivered to an exceptional standard
  • Knowledge of quality improvement tools and techniques

Information / Analysis


  • Ability to produce clear and concise reports for use internally and externally to the Trust
  • Working knowledge of workforce planning and development



  • Experience of financial and budgetary management



  • Effective in a leadership and managerial role

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Infirmary Road



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