Safeguarding Midwife

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 6
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a 12-month developmental Band 6 midwife to work with our specialist safeguarding midwives. While extensive safeguarding experience is not a requirement, we encourage anyone with a keen interest and passion for safeguarding with hopes of further development to apply.

A key part of this role is building strong relationships with statutory agencies, such as the social services and the police, in an inter-agency context where activities will be complex to maintain care across professional groups.

Working as part of the midwifery team the post holder will provide support and education to maternity and multidisciplinary staff, caring for these women and their unborn babies to ensure a safe and appropriate plan of care is made. They will work alongside external agencies, e.g. Drug workers, Social Care and Health, Police, Criminal Justice, Mental Health, Domestic Violence, other support and voluntary agencies.

Main duties of the job

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • The post holder will work as a midwife and provide support and education to women with complex social need in the antenatal period to ensure a safe and appropriate plan of care is made.
  • To work according to the NMC Code and relevant professional guidelines as a midwife with facilitation for a defined group of women and their babies with minimal supervision in the Maternity Care setting.
  • The assessment of care and health education needs of women and their babies.
  • To maintain accountability for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluation programmes of care within the necessary framework
  • To develop leadership skills and experience in the management of the ward/department.
  • To promote and participate in the implementation of the UCLH Nursing Midwifery strategy:
  • Reviewing midwifery practice and implementing appropriate changes based on research/best practice.
  • Developing and implementing Audit, Quality and Risk Management initiatives.
  • To participate in training programmes as appropriate and to teach and act as a facilitator/preceptor to midwifery or non-midwifery staff.
  • To promote and maintain effective communication.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

At UCLH, we have a real 'One Team' ethos, and our values - safety, kindness, teamwork and improving, are central to the way we work. This is supported by our staff, who voted us as the #1 NHS Acute Trust to work for in the whole of England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

We welcome your interest to join our service and take your career forward within an outstanding Trust. UCLH is based in the busy West End of London, we have a lively and vibrant working atmosphere, with quick and easy transport links to all our sites. Our size and resources enable us to offer a range of attractive benefits as well as unparalleled education and development opportunities for staff at all levels. We have a warm and welcoming maternity team, new and well-equipped facilities, and above all our commitment to quality care and safety is absolute.

Your career development is our concern, and we offer excellent experience to maintain and develop your clinical skills, we are committed to education and research, and provide our support to develop your knowledge and clinical expertise. We have a strong commitment to staff education and have commissioned links with City, Kings and Southbank Universities, and can offer an accelerated career pathway for suitable candidates.

UCLH is able to support certificate of sponsorship if right to work in the UK is required. The post holder is expected to be able to commit to the whole fixed term contract we support flexible working and job share options as required.

Please note in order to progress your application, your data will be processed by our 3rd party recruitment providers North London Partners Shared Service, who conduct recruitment activities on behalf of UCLH.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Create a supportive blame-free environment for staff and women.
  • To implement Trust policies, evidence-based guidelines and care pathways relevant to safeguarding practice.
  • To work closely with the Specialist Midwives to re-design pathways to ensure efficient effective service.
  • To identify and promote ways of improving the service, utilising available research and ensuring alignment with Trust and group objectives.
  • To maintain high quality contemporaneous records of care, treatment, referrals and outcomes.

Women Care Responsibilities
  • To promote a woman focused approach to care in collaboration with all relevant health professionals and to co-ordinate the babies discharge arrangements in accordance with ULCH discharge policy.
  • To educate parents as required where a need has been identified.
  • To provide information which enables parents to make choices about adopting a healthier lifestyle for their babies and themselves.
  • To ensure that all-clinical documentation is completed correctly by members of the midwifery/nursing team.
  • To maintain a safe ward environment, to work with other members of the team, to produce health care environments that are conducive to safe therapeutic and ethical practice.
  • To assist in the establishment and monitoring of protocols/care pathways.
  • To promote and maintain effective communication within the unit.
  • To maintain woman confidentiality.
  • To supervise junior staff in the delivery of care.
  • To promote a mother and baby focused multi-disciplinary approach to care in collaboration with health professionals and other agencies, help mothers gain access to health and social care, information and support relevant to their needs.
  • To teach families the practical baby care skills they need providing support and encourage them as they face increased responsibility for their babies physical and emotional needs.
  • To be an advocate for breast feeding by encouraging and assisting mothers to breast feed.
  • To keep infant feeding knowledge base updated in line with current evidence-based practice guidelines on premature and term infants.

  • Professional and People Development and Education Responsibilities
  • To develop general management skills and to take part in unit cover as required in the

  • absence of more senior staff.
  • To assist in promoting and maintaining an effective learning environment for staff, acting as a facilitator in the supervision and teaching of staff.
  • Undertake orientation of new staff, teaching and information sessions regarding role and associated activities.
  • To be responsible for developing and sustaining own knowledge, clinical skills, and professional awareness in accordance with PREP requirements and to maintain a professional profile.
  • To participate in the appraisal of staff at least annually, addressing development needs and monitoring performance.
  • To assist in establishing programmes of supervision as appropriate.
  • To work within a multidisciplinary team, with senior midwives, the Practice Development Department etc in developing and implementing midwifery practice.
  • To participate in the training and development of Health Care assistants, nursery nurses and junior staff including pre and post registration midwifery and nursing students and complete assessors training as required.
  • To deliver safeguarding training alongside Specialist Midwives To share professional knowledge and participate in the advancement of evidence-based practice.
  • To assist Specialist Midwives in developing and implementing training materials and information leaflets.
  • To attend multidisciplinary team meetings.
  • To support the Specialist Midwives and corporate safeguarding team.

  • Research and development Responsibilities
  • To promote midwifery and neonatal clinical practice in line with relevant research.
  • To participate in reviewing and implementing evidence-based practice.
  • To contribute to research and development programmes within the unit.
  • Participate in action planning and expected outcomes for the safeguarding Service and Specialist Midwifery Team.

  • Audit, Quality and Risk Management Responsibilities
  • To lead/assist in the setting and monitoring of measurable standards of care and be accountable for maintaining standards.
  • To ensure staff are familiar with national, professional, and local quality issues relevant to the delivery of midwifery and neonatal services.
  • To uphold quality initiatives that improves customer care and enhances the interface between staff, women, and visitors.
  • To lead/assist in the audit process for monitoring and reviewing midwifery quality.
  • To identify potential risks for all personnel, women, and visitors, taking appropriate action/advice.
  • To promote the role of the midwife in handling complaints in accordance with UCLH policy.
  • To be fully conversant with Child Protection issues and to report concerns to the appropriate healthcare professionals.

  • Resource Management Responsibilities
  • To demonstrate effective budgeting practice, exercising care and economy.
  • To develop partnerships with finance, department, and directorate management teams in order to:
    • Gain an understanding of resource management processes.
    • Have representation in service development issues.
  • To contribute to the directorate management process.
  • To manage staffing resources effectively and efficiently.
  • To be involved in the recruitment and selection process after undergoing appropriate training

  • Other

    The job description is not intended to be exhaustive, and it is likely that duties may be altered from time to time in the light of changing circumstances and after consultation with the post holder.

    We offer our permanent staff an interest free season ticket loan for travel, all our staff have access tofree independent and confidential support, large retail discounts, a staff discount platform,cycle to work scheme and on-site accommodation to name a few.

    Additionally, UCLH Arts and Heritages staff wellbeing programme, Creative Comfort, offers a variety of ways to engage with the arts as a member of UCLH staff. You can try out the weekly choir, weekly art club and join the Culture Club for exclusive access to free and discounted tickets for opera, exhibitions, theatre and more.

    We recognise, reward and thank colleagues by nominating them for our annual Celebrating Excellence Awards, which are funded by UCLH Charity.

    We are also members of which offers discounts on high street retail stores, offers on travel deals, and also to cash back schemes.

    Person Specification

    Knowledge and Qualifications


    • Registered midwife`
    • Educated to Degree Level
    • Must have completed a 12-months preceptorship programme.
    • Up to date knowledge of professional midwifery issues`



    • Experience of teaching and mentoring more junior staff and/or SSSA
    • Strong IT skills, familiar with MS Teams, Excel, Word, Powerpoint
    • Ability to support women with complex social needs.
    • Understanding of current issues that relate to safeguarding children and unborn babies


    • Previous experience working within a safeguarding team/ setting.
    • Experience undertaking audit
    • Experience of undertaking research

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