Working with the Matrons they will take responsibility for providing a clear focus for the profession and effective clinical leadership and accountability for the midwifery service. They will be responsible for ensuring that they and their colleagues act in a manner that upholds the values of the Trust and that of the profession.Play a leading role in ensuring that flow is maintained through the Women and Children's Division.Support the introduction of new initiatives, audits, and research, contributing to the development of women-centred services and discharge planning.Be a visible role model to women, their families, and colleagues, ensuring all women and their families can seek information, help, and support or to communicate problematic or celebratory issues.Be a central point of contact, liaising between inpatient maternity services, NICU, Gynaecology, the community midwifery service, and the wider Trust.The individual will be visible and accessible to women and their families and staff, ensuring all women and their families can seek information, help, and support or to communicate problematic or celebratory issues.To achieve this, the expectation is that the flow coordinator will be rostered 7 days out of 7 days to include weekends and night.
Managerially & professionally accountable to the MatronMain duties of the job
Being responsible for effective two-way communication channels:o Between the midwifery/nursing and multidisciplinary teamo Across speciality boundarieso Between women, their partners, and staffo Between the clinical team and external teams such as the community midwifery teamBe able to actively diffuse and investigate complaints, escalating as necessary.Being responsible for overseeing the effective delivery of the safety briefing process. Developing robust processes to ensure the effective cascading of information to team members, deciding which information can be shared and which cannot.Constructively challenging, influencing and working with clinical teams to ensure the continual improvement of standards of care relating to the clinical governance agenda.To have personal responsibility for own attendance at mandatory and statutory training.Maintains own portfolio and record of continuous professional development.Be able to communicate complex and emotive information (e.g., disciplinary, breaking bad newsetc) effectively and when appropriate support junior staff in doing the same.Confidently and effectively communicate on a range of levels within and outside of the organisation.Contribute to in-house and external education opportunitiesLeading by example to ensure a working culture which is conducive to good health, safety, and security practices.
Effectively manage own workload and assist team members with workload managementAbout us
Our maternity services provide a full range of maternity care. All of our staff are committed to providing personalised care to the highest standards.
We are based at Southmead Hospital and provide a range of obstetric services for those who live in North Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. The maternity department is one of the largest in the country, was awarded 'Good' by the CQC has more than 5200 births each year.
These include a Consultant led Obstetric Unit with 12 birthing rooms and a pool room. There is a Maternal Medicine service, Perinatal Mental Health , Complex Care team and a Fetal Medicine service. The antenatal ward hosts Triage, day assessment area and inpatient ward. The postnatal ward prides itself on giving the best quality postnatal care.
There is an Alongside Midwifery Unit , a Freestanding Midwifery Unit , and Home Birth Team. There are highly skilled midwifery teams who value the autonomy and varied responsibilities of these areas.
The Maternity services are well renowned nationally and internationally, having created and developed PROMPT and has a wide research portfolio.
We offer an induction programme and will support you with achieving your career goals. You will work a day/night shift pattern, to include being part of the on-call rota.
Midwives working here describe the kindness and care that is demonstrated to each other. Great importance is placed on civility and a team ethos of going the extra mile together.Job descriptionJob responsibilities
Be a registered midwife, with a minimum of three years comprehensive midwifery/nursing experience which has included caring for women during the antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal periods and recent experience in a leadership role.Possess teaching and assessing or equivalent qualification which includes evidence of teaching and assessing in practice in addition to evidence of post-registration education.Have knowledge of up-to-date developments and contemporary issues in midwifery/nursing policy and practice.NIPE qualification, or willing to undertake trainingHave experience in research activities, audit, and risk management, in accordance with the clinical governance framework. Contribution may have been through the collection of audit data for Directorate audits, or through the implementation and evaluation of local audits to promote best practice and highlight any risk management issues within the maternity service.Have evidence of successful change management such as the implementation of new guidelines or services.Excellent leadership skillsTo act as an excellent resource for junior staff, giving appropriate advice and supportThe ability to motivate and inspire others to give care that acknowledges and supports eachindividual whilst in a hospital or community settingSkills in assessment, analysis, judgement and decision-making when faced with clinical and non- clinical crises such as obstetric emergency or aggressive behaviour.Flexibility to respond to unpredictable or adverse situations and the ability to adapt to changingPriorities advanced communication / interpersonal skills:In making urgent and non-urgent referrals to the obstetric, medical, or anaesthetic team and working collaboratively with members of the multi-disciplinary team for the benefit of the woman or babyIn communicating effectively with a wide range of people in a manner consistent with their level of understanding, culture and background in order to explore complex or sensitive issues leading to difficult decisions e.g. the need to divulge information regarding domestic abuse or child protection concerns regarding the unborn/newbornThe ability to motivate others and to achieve success through and in partnership with others.IT skills including Microsoft word, emails, Excell and PowerPointBeing responsible for effective two-way communication channels:o Between the midwifery/nursing and multidisciplinary teamo Across specialty boundarieso Between women, their partners, and staffo Between the clinical team and external teams such as the community midwifery teamBe able to actively diffuse and investigate complaints, escalating as necessary.Being responsible for overseeing the effective delivery of the safety briefing process. Developing robust processes to ensure the effective cascading of information to team members, deciding which information can be shared and which cannot.Constructively challenging, influencing and working with clinical teams to ensure the continualimprovement of standards of care relating to the clinical governance agenda.To have personal responsibility for own attendance at mandatory and statutory training.Maintains own portfolio and record of continuous professional development.Be able to communicate complex and emotive information (e.g., disciplinary, breaking bad news etc) effectively and when appropriate support junior staff in doing the same.Confidently and effectively communicate on a range of levels within and outside of the organisation.Contribute to in-house and external education opportunitiesLeading by example ensure a working culture which is conducive to good health, safety, and security practices.Effectively manage own workload and assist team members with workload management
The post holder will have continuing responsibility for leadership, supervision and management of midwives or nurses, students and clinical support workers ensuring delivery of a professional,efficient, and cost-effective service, in the absence of the MatronTo maintain a high standard of evidence-based care for women and their families through:Development of evidence-based guidelinesKeeping up to date with developments in professional practice and share with staff.Membership of the appropriate Clinical Teams forums for development of professional guidelines, best practice, and contribution to the Directorate Risk Management Strategy.To assist in the management of the induction and orientation of new staff to the Directorate, to assist in the management of sickness according to Trust Sickness Policy.To ensure all staff receive an annual appraisal and have clear objectives that link in with the Trust objectives in support of ongoing professional development.To support the principles of life-long learning, ensuring continuous professional development for all staff, encouraging, and enabling individuals to reach their full potential.To facilitate and chair staff meetings as/when appropriateTo be a professional role model for others, demonstrating competent and accountable clinical practice, forming good relationships with women and their families, and always presenting a positive image.To challenge poor practice, with appropriate channels of support, and ultimately to instigate any necessary competency/disciplinary procedures with the Matron.To have a good working knowledge of health and safety e.g. manual handling and safe disposal of waste and sharps and to be responsible for identifying, assessing and managing potential riskTo be competent in the computerised information technology and use it to generate statistics and audit.To contribute to the development of a learning environment for students of midwifery, nursing, and medicineDeputise for the Matron in her absence and as requiredTo be able to investigate and respond to complaints in line with the Trust guidance
To be a clinical expert and resource within midwifery, neonatal or gynaecological nursing to promote an environment where safety for the mother/woman and baby is paramount.To be responsible for the maintenance, storage and safety of equipment.To ensure staff are trained in the use of medical and resuscitation equipment.To be involved in the clinical governance agenda, participating in midwifery/nursing and medical audit, investigating clinical incidents and adverse outcomes in liaison with the clinical risk manager, and taking a lead role in subsequent change process. To be knowledgeable regarding the Trusts Risk Management objectives.To obtain womens/parents informed consent and discuss with them the implications of care plans and procedures. This will include explaining clearly to them the benefits and risks of different care approaches, alternatives available, and the implications of any decisions taken by them, particularly if the decisions are not consistent with professional advice.To challenge any threat to equality and diversity in the workplace, ensuring legislation is conformed to and staff have access to all necessary training (e.g. Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of LibertySafeguards, Learning Disabilities)To have an awareness and a working understanding of child protection issues in accordance with Trust policies and procedures and know who to contact within the Trust for further help and guidanceTo initiate Directorate child protection procedures whilst utilising the appropriate documentation in all cases where concerns are presentPerson SpecificationEducation/Training/QualificationsEssential
Desirable Work ExperienceEssential
- Registered Midwife
- Evidence of post registered education in leadership
- Teaching and assessing qualification
- Practicing Midwife with a minimum three years' experience in relevant setting
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work co-operatively with the multi-disciplinary team
- Evidence of successful change management
Personal Qualities/Special CircumstancesEssential
- Knowledge and understanding of current developments in Midwifery
- Knowledge and understanding of research and evidence-based practice and the application to practice.
- Evidence of change management skills including advanced clinical skills and knowledge
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- Adaptable and responsive to changing needs
- A positive attitude, approachable and supportive
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