Midwife (Inpatient, Community or Continuity)

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
10 Dec 2023
We are looking for a mix of experienced midwives & newly qualified midwives (NQM) who will be eligible for entry on to the NMC register by April 2024. Experienced band 5 midwives that wish to join our preceptorship as part of an adapted programme are also welcome to apply.

If you are a band 6 midwife who is looking for an exciting opportunity for change, we have a compassionate and approachable team who strive to provide seamless holistic care of women and birthing people. We have roles across the service including community setting, continuity setting and inpatient services, where you will receive a comprehensive induction programme.

For NQM we offer a bespoke preceptorship programme delivered by a very passionate, full time preceptorship lead who will provide you with support and guidance alongside the leadership team. The programme evaluates highly and has led to an increased midwife retention in our trust.

There are 3 potential models of preceptorship available including a traditional rotational framework, a continuity model of care package or a bespoke community programme.

Interviews: 18/19.12.23

There is an opportunity to find out more information about the recruitment process and the models of preceptorship we offer at our Recruitment Event. This will be held at Worcester Royal Hospital on 2nd December 2023 (11:00 14:00) and tickets can be reserved through Eventbrite.


Main duties of the job

  • To assess and provide the full range of care needs to develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care throughout the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period for women and their babies.
  • To provide effective leadership and to act as a good role model.
  • To supervise junior staff and to teach qualified and unqualified staff, acting as a mentor, as appropriate, providing advice and support as necessary.
  • Work autonomously within guidelines and spheres of professional practice.
  • Day to day management of defined area of caseload involving the delivery care to those women and babies and the supervision of junior midwifery staff.

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is nearly 6,800 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Patient Care:
  • To assess, develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care.
  • To be responsible for the organisation of midwifery care for the patients assigned to you.
  • Utilise the full skills of a midwife practitioner (both integral and extended) to a named caseload of women.
  • To discuss with the Ward Manager / Team Leader, development and changes both midwifery and medical, which affect patients directly and indirectly.
  • Provide care to bereaved patients and their relatives, breaking bad news and supporting other staff undergoing this process.
  • Communicate effectively with multi-disciplinary professionals and agencies, ensuring seamless care at a high standard.
  • To take appropriate action to ensure the safety of patients, including the delegation of patient care to midwives, with the appropriate level skill at all times.
  • To report any accidents/incidents to the Ward Manager / Team Leader and / or Supervisor of Midwives.
  • To ensure that midwifery procedures/guidelines are implemented and maintained in accordance with the policies of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and national guidance.
  • To ensure that acceptable standards of care are maintained and, where necessary, instigate changes in agreement with the Ward Manager / Team Leader.
  • To be fully conversant in dealing with complex midwifery problems such as child protection issues.

Education and Training:
  • Supervise the training of qualified and unqualified staff, and assist junior staff to develop clinical and managerial skills, in accordance with their level of competence.
  • To act as a preceptor for junior staff.
  • To participate in teaching for all learners in accordance with their objectives, working closely with local education providers.
  • To provide support and supervision as a mentor to student midwives.
  • To participate in teaching programmes as required.
  • Maintain knowledge of current midwifery practice by reading relevant journals and attending study days where appropriate, promoting research based practice in agreement with ward manager / team leader.
  • To organise and provide training programmes in accordance with the identified needs for the ward.
  • To participate in further post-registration training, as evidenced by developments in practice.

  • To autonomously manage a caseload within the ward area, making decisions and acting on care needs as they arise.
  • To participate in the co-ordinating and allocating of work to staff
  • To liaise with the midwives in charge of the wards / departments within the Trust to plan workloads and staffing levels as effectively as possible.
  • To inform and discuss with the Ward Manager/Team Leader any problems regarding management and / or care of the woman.
  • Maintain the custody of controlled drugs according to statutory procedure, ordering replacements, checking and administering all drugs according to the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • To participate in audit programmes.
  • To take all measures to ensure safety and report all accidents / incidents to the Ward Manager / Senior Midwife / Head of Midwifery and to monitor the safe and effective use of all equipment and the economic use of supplies.
  • Maintain accurate management records at all times, ensuring appropriate reporting mechanisms are used.
  • To assist in other wards / department of the maternity services if the clinical situation or staffing levels demand.
  • To become familiar with ward / department budget and efficient and effective utilisation of resources.
  • Be conversant with Trust and other Policies and Procedures and mechanisms in place for effective care and efficient management of the Maternity Unit.

  • To maintain a professional attitude at all times developing the role of the midwife in the best interest of the women and profession in accordance with Nursing & Midwifery Council and Midwives Rules.
  • Be responsible for maintaining accurate and contemporaneous midwifery records, written and electronic in accordance with Midwives Rules (1998) Rule 42
  • To be aware of extended personal and professional development.
  • To attend courses and conferences as relevant according to the requirements of the role of an experienced midwife.
  • Develop competencies in the use of equipment in the clinical area, attend teaching sessions as appropriate.
  • To be conversant and comply with the Trust policies and regulations and attend compulsory lectures as instructed.
  • To maintain good standards of care and assist in the implementation of recommendations from Government and professional bodies in relation to maternity care
  • Participate in research projects where appropriate, reporting findings within a multi-disciplinary framework.
  • Implement research projects where appropriate.
  • To be professionally accountable for ones own midwifery practice, acting in a professional manner at all times abiding by the Midwives Rules and Code of Practice and all other relevant UKCC/NMC and Trust practice protocols and guidelines.
  • To be responsible for the maintenance and improvement of own professional knowledge and competence in keeping with the practice and CPD standard laid down by the UKCC/NMC to ensure continued professional registration.

  • To participate in the selection and interviewing of junior staff within the ward / department.
  • Participate in the devising and implementation of induction programmes for newly appointed staff.
  • To assist the Ward Manager / Team Leader in monitoring staff performance.
  • Participate in staff appraisal and the investigation of complaints and incidents.
  • To assist the ward manager in the maintenance of day to day discipline within the ward / department / area.
  • To inform the Ward / Department Manager (or Supervisor in his/her absence), of staff failing to meet the required standard of performance.
  • To counsel staff in relation to personnel and professional matters.

Person Specification

Personal Qualities


  • -Articulate
  • -Professional attitude
  • -Able to work in a team
  • -Able to think clearly under pressure
  • -Ability to provide leadership and support to junior members of the team -Able to deal with exposure to bereavement and challenging behaviour
  • -Enthusiastic & assertive
  • -Demonstrates attention to detail
  • -Motivated
  • -Able to work under own initiative within boundaries of role


  • -Leadership qualities



  • -Able to demonstrate research based approach to care
  • -Effective communicator both written and verbal
  • -Able to undertake perineal repair (Band 6)
  • -Computer literate / IT skills
  • -Good organisational / time management skills
  • -Able to interpret and adhere to Trust and departmental policies protocols, procedures and guidelines
  • -Ability to problem solve
  • -Ability to prioritise work
  • -Flexible to change in demands of service
  • -Willing to learn new skills
  • -Ability to identify personal development needs
  • -Ability to support unregistered staff / students
  • -Ability to identify risk and understanding of Clinical Governance
  • -Good organisational / time management skills



  • -Registered Midwife
  • -Evidence of further professional development to First Degree level or willingness to undertake
  • -Evidence of continuing education
  • -NMC recognised mentorship qualification (Band 6)


  • -Management experience
  • -Evidence of advanced midwifery studies
  • -Teaching and Assessing Qualification



  • -Proven experience in all areas of Midwifery Practice
  • -Proven experience of supervising
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