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Specialist Midwife for Bereavement Care

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for a passionate midwife to join our specialist midwifery Team.

The Bereavement Midwife will provide clinical leadership within the maternity services and will play an integral part in service delivery and development. They will be pivotal in developing and delivering an education program around baby loss and bereavement to all health care professionals.

Main duties of the job

The successful midwife will assist in the development of guidelines and pathways, and will review them in relation to stillbirths, late miscarriage, medical termination and neonatal deaths.

They will collect the data for MBRRACE-UK: Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK and feedback reports and relevant findings to key groups implement service delivery changes as required The Bereavement Midwife will be responsible for coordinating/Implementing the national standardised Perinatal Mortality Review Tool (PMRT).The Bereavement midwife will lead and implement the core principles of the National Bereavement Care pathway.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

From April 1 2024 we are unable to offer sponsorship for healthcare roles that do not meet the minimum salary �23,200, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

Provide expert support and facilitation of staff in the provision of information, care, support and practical advice to women/birthing people with confirmed fetal abnormality, who choose to terminate their pregnancy and to those who choose to continue their pregnancy including coordinating palliative care if this is appropriate.

Lead and support staff, setting standards of care in the provision of information and practical advice to parents who have suffered the loss of their baby through miscarriage, termination for abnormalities, stillbirth, neonatal or Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome.

Ensure the coordination of quality bereavement care, to the highest standard, is maintained throughout the care pathway.

Person Specification



  • Current RM, registration with NMC and any other relevant post registration qualifications.


  • Leadership development programme (can be completed upon appointment)



  • Extensive band 6 midwifery experience


  • Significant demonstrable experience within specialty with evidence of professional development.
  • Leadership development programme (can be completed upon appointment).
  • Evidence of team leadership and change management with relevant management/leadership course.
  • Evidence of developing policy, guidelines and managing resources.

Statutory Registration


  • NMC Registered Midwife

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Clinically competent.
  • Clinical decision making skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Effective leadership and team building skills
  • Organisational skills and forward planning
  • Flexibility
  • Able to support development of others
  • Coaching and mentoring skills and critical appraisal skills
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • IT literate


  • Understanding of the principles and application of effective budgetary management.
  • Understanding of the principles and application of effective staff / HR management
  • Understanding of the theory and application of Clinical Governance.

Special Requirements


  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


University Hospital Of North Durham

North Road



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