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Retention Midwife

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a dynamic, highly motivated Midwife who is seeking an opportunity to join our senior leadership team as a Retention Midwife.

The aim of this role is to provide individualised support to preceptorship midwives , return to practice learners and early career midwives. This role is pivotal to enhance the experience of working in the NHS of this cohort of midwives.

The post holder will offer individualised supportive interventions, including learning, career advice and pastoral care.

***Please note we are only able to accept applications from those with a live NMC registration or UK nursing students awaiting their PIN as we are unable to support OSCE at this time***

Main duties of the job

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Key areas of responsibility
  • Enhanced competence and confidence of newly registered midwives
  • Effective communication between MKUH and midwifery programme providers
  • Support the experience and retention of newly registered midwives

About us

We are committed to ensure a work-life balance to all our staff by offering full time and part time roles, flexible working hours on a shift pattern to fit around your family life.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and candidates form our local communities.

Benefits to you

o 27 days annual leave for new starters, rising to 29 days after five years of service and 33 days after 10 years of service, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro-rata for part time staff)

o NHS Pension Scheme:

o Flexible working opportunities

o Increased hourly rates for unsociable hours e.g. night shifts, weekends, bank holidays

o Career development and training

o Wellbeing support and activities

o In-house physiotherapy Service

o On-site canteens with subsidised meals

o Subsidised staff parking (currently free).

o Free Stagecoach Bus Travel to and from work within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical and Leadership
  • Ensure effective communication and develop proactive working relationships between NWAFT and midwifery programme providers from HEIs, as required, and work as an integral part of the midwifery practice education team.
  • Collaborate with the team to support retention and career development of all midwives within the Trust.
  • Link into year 3 students during their training to discuss the transition from student to newly qualified practitioner, preceptorship programme and employment opportunities at NWAFT.
  • In collaboration with the practice development Midwives develop appropriate strategies and provide a well-structured orientation and training programme to support and meet the needs of students transitioning to newly registered midwives. Ensure they dovetail with the needs of staff and clinical risk priorities.
  • Work with the midwifery education team to facilitate and support clinical and educational programmes for all preceptees within the first year of qualification and undergraduate student midwives on placement.
  • Working across all areas of the maternity services act as a visible resource of support and advice for newly registered midwives and learners in practice.
  • Share best practice examples across the Division and Trust, and regionally.
  • Working with the midwifery Practice Development team to ensure staff meet NMC regulatory requirements and are trained to deliver the highest standard of education support to students, learners, and newly registered midwives.
  • Promote and practice evidence-based midwifery care.
  • Promote professional practice, education, and training in line with relevant research.
  • Develop and maintain effective links with ward managers, senior clinical midwives supporting practice education and recruitment events for new students and the implementation of the curriculum in clinical placement areas.

Person Specification



  • Current evidence of significant clinical midwifery experience in all areas
  • Ability to teach evidence-based practice
  • Evidence of clinical leadership skills implementing clinical/quality improvements in practice
  • Demonstrate evidence of supporting students and close working with newly qualified registrants and learners
  • Experience of providing staff and students with feedback on their individual performance


  • Proven abilities in cross professional working and liaison
  • Demonstrate evidence of clinical teaching in the classroom and/or practice setting
  • Experience of teaching in formal and/or clinical settings

Education/Knowledge & Qualifications


  • Registered Midwife
  • SSSA trained/ MSSP/ or equivalent meeting NMC practice assessor standards
  • Human Factors Training
  • Master's degree (or on current pathway) /equivalent postgraduate experience
  • Knowledge of current local/regional/national aspects and initiatives for the preceptorship agenda


  • Postgraduate education/ teaching qualification
  • PSIRF Training
  • Human Factors Training
  • Cultural Competency/ Awareness Training

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to work autonomously with relevant students and staff to ensure optimum training opportunities are developed
  • An ability to supervise and support newly registered midwives
  • Demonstrate effective time management skills
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent verbal & written skills
  • Excellent clinical skills and ability to demonstrate these skills to support learning of others
  • Facilitation and mentoring skills

Personal & People Development


  • Ability to constructively challenge others and formulate resolutions in conflict situations
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Act as a role model for staff
  • Ability to cope with resistance
  • Self-Motivated
  • Acts with integrity
  • Excellent record keeping skills
  • Collaborative approach to team working
  • Interest and appetite to support professional development of others

Specific Requirements


  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations
  • Able to join and fulfil the requirements of the Maternity Manager on Call Rota
  • Able to work flexibly, including working pattern and hours as the priorities require

Values & Behaviours


  • Treat everyone with respect, courtesy & kindness
  • Listen, inform and explain
  • Involve you as part of the team and work together
  • Provide timely care and attention
  • Provide and maintain a clean comfortable working environment
  • Always remain professional

Employer details

Employer name

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust


North West Anglia Foundation Trust.

Bretton Gate



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