Working Full time: 37.5 Hours Per Week
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and enthusiastic midwife to lead our community midwife team.
You will be responsible for leading a team of community midwives, maternity support workers and admin staff to ensure safe standards of care are delivered in a traditional community midwife model. You will lead on women centred care in the community setting developing our homebirth service, while ensuring women of all risks are able to make informed choices of where they wish to birth.
We are looking for a highly motivated band 6/7 midwife with at least 3 years of working within either a traditional community model or continuity of care model. The post holder needs to have exceptional organisational and communication skills with preferably some previous experience of managing or leading staff.Main duties of the job
Co-ordinate the planning of the work of the midwifery team, prioritising patient care, allocating, coaching, supervising and evaluating work delegated to junior members of staff.
Lead on the planning, development, implementation and review of the service from the patient's perspective, encouraging suggestions for monitoring activities, evaluating the quality of service provided and the allocation of resources,
Lead on the development and monitoring of clinical standards, clinical guidelines and quality improvements initiatives to improve both patient care and the clinical environment and contribute to the development of Divisional/Trust policy directly and indirectly related to own clinical area/practice.
Provide, and evaluate information to solve problems and support decision-making on the effective and efficient use of physical and financial resources by ensuring that the right numbers/skill mix of staff, equipment, stock and supplies are available in the quantity required, and by identifying problems with resources within the team, including offering suggestions and solutions.About us
The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services to West Cheshire and to Welsh patients covered by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Trust works collaboratively within the wider Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. Its services are provided from three locations:
- The Countess of Chester Hospital: providing 438 general and acute beds
- Ellesmere Port Hospital: providing 56 beds as a rehabilitation, intermediate and outpatient facility
- Tarporley War Memorial Hospital: a base for community services which serve the local rural population.
The Trust employs over 6258 staff (headcount) which includes temporary bank staff and provides acute emergency and elective services, primary care direct access services and obstetric services to a population of approximately 407,000. This includes 357,000 residents in Chester and West Cheshire which includes Ellesmere Port and Neston as well as the Deeside area of Flintshire which has a population of approximately 50,000.
The Trust is a busy district general hospital and in 2022/2023, there were more than 503,342 patient attendances (inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic) ranging from a simple outpatient appointment to major cancer surgery. This is an increase of nearly 10,000 compared to the previous year when there were 494,387 patient attendances.Job descriptionJob responsibilities
See Job Description for further details.
Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.
Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. The cost of the DBS application is �23 (standard) or �43 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.
You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.
New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.
Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.
Good luck with your application.Person SpecificationQualificationsEssential
- Degree / Relevant Experience
- Registered Midwife
- Teaching & Assessing qualification 998/ 997 Mentorship or equivalent within an agreed Timescale
Knowledge and ExperienceEssential
- Experience or equilvelant knowledge of managing a team or management of change.
- Relevant speciality qualification i.e. Examination of the Newborn / NALS/relevant experience
- 5 years post registration experience.
- Able to maintain accurate records within the diversity of midwifery
- Able to present factual information and deal with questions
- Willingness to develop speciality knowledge if applicable to post
- Ability to communicate in a variety of midwifery settings
- Ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships with colleagues in a variety of health care setting.
- Able to deal with women and their families at times of emotional stress and fetal loss.
- Car driver depending upon post
Employer detailsEmployer name
- Understanding of quality and change in the clinical setting
- Basic knowledge of Professional & NHS issues
- Understanding of National targets related to Midwifery Practice
- Basic IT skills in hospital systems
- Basic Financial awareness
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation TrustAddress
Countess of Chester Hospital
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