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Deputy Head of Midwifery

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are looking for an innovative, highly motivated, senior midwife with significant experience and a proven track record as a credible midwifery leader.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and understanding of the local, regional and national maternity agendas and demonstrate their previous involvement with operational management in midwifery, workforce planning and supporting the delivery of key initiatives, including Saving Babies Lives Care Bundle, Maternity Incentive Scheme, CQC preparedness.

Bradford Maternity Service is proud to serve a diverse and often complex community, and applicants must have a keen interest and commitment to improving services that truly reflect and represent the local communities with a strong focus on reducing inequalities.

Main duties of the job

  • As part of the Clinical Service Unit (CSU) leadership team the Deputy Head of Midwifery (DHOM) will support the Head of Midwifery (HOM) and the Director of Midwifery (DOM) in providing leadership and strategic direction to the maternity and gynaecology service.
  • Through strong clinical leadership and effective management the DHOM will support the Matrons to promote and deliver excellence in midwifery and nursing care maintaining and continually improving clinical standards evidenced by achievement of key quality performance indicators.
  • The post holder will be a key member of the senior leadership team within the CSU participating and contributing to the development of services and service improvement.
  • The post holder will provide midwifery and nursing leadership and expert midwifery and nursing advice working closely with the HOM to ensure that a high standard of patient care is delivered across the care group.
  • The post holder will support the HOM to lead midwifery and nursing practice and will be expected to develop innovative practice in relation to the provision of midwifery and nursing services to women and other pregnant people, babies and families. The post holder will be expected to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • The post holder will be required to support and contribute to the delivery of the Clinical Governance programme for the CSU

About us

Our People Charter outlines the behaviours we can expect from one another and what you can expect from Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust:
  • We value people
  • We are one team
  • We care

We're keen to meet people who share these values and are passionate about delivering the highest quality of care to our patients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The DHOM will be a key member of the CSU management team, responsible for the delivery of clinical and professional standards and the development of midwifery and nursing leadership capacity within the CSU.
  • The post holder will be expected to work with the minimum of supervision and co-ordinate his / her activities in order to ensure that an efficient service is provided.
  • The post holder will have line management responsibility for a defined set of CSU Band 8a Matrons and Lead nurses.
  • The post holder may be requested to be part of the Senior Manager on call rota, and would be expected to be part of an on call roster, covering an identified shift in line with the current agreed on call process.
  • The post holder will provide leadership and support the strategic direction of the CSU, ensuring the delivery of high quality safe, effective, harm free person-centred care consistent with the Trust values, the Trusts Quality Strategy and Care Strategy using available resources effectively and efficiently, and supporting achievement of the Trusts vision and strategic objectives.
  • The post holder is expected to function at a senior level within the CSU, proactively finding solutions to resolve highly complex issues in accordance with professional standards, agreed Trust objectives, targets, quality standards and resource constraints.
  • The post holder will be responsible and accountable to the Head of Midwifery for delivering professional and operational leadership of Midwifery and Nursing within the CSU. They will also contribute and support with the implementation and review of strategies in relation to the development of clinical practice, education, management and quality governance.
  • The DHOM will lead on a portfolio of work identified and delegated by the HOM and DOM and will deputise for the HOM and on some occasions, the DOM, when necessary, undertaking any responsibilities, as delegated.
  • The post holder will represent the Trust and the DOM at Local Maternity System (LMS) and national level as required.

Person Specification



  • Significant current Operational management / leadership experience at 8a /Matron level in an acute NHS organisation.
  • Significant post registration experience
  • Experience in leading and managing staff
  • Experience of mentorship and staff development
  • Significant knowledge and understanding of the National Maternity Transformation agenda and key national maternity reports
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of Health Policy and its impact on the Professional Nursing and Midwifery Agenda at BTHFT
  • Experience of delivering service improvements with demonstrable positive impact on patient safety, patient experience and quality of care
  • Evidence of a track record of developing nursing and midwifery, or research experience and audit application
  • Leading and developing a team
  • Experience of: - budget management including human resource management - quality assurance and quality improvement - complaints handling - policy implementation - participation in Trust-wide initiatives/ committee membership - Proven experience in managing and implementing change



  • o Knowledge of quality, standard setting, audit, research and development processes and practice.
  • Ability to lead a large team
  • o Organisation and management skills with ability to prioritise and delegate
  • Negotiating skills
  • Team building skills
  • Appraisal skills
  • Ability to manage change
  • Articulate with advanced written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • IT Skills (Including proficiency with Microsoft Office Packages and accurate, fast typing skills)
  • Capable of working strategically (business planning, service improvements, strategies for infection control)
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Maintain accurate records
  • Report writing / presentation skills
  • Ability to undertake surveys or audits, as necessary e.g. audit of clinical incidents
  • Ability to manage, motivate and empower others
  • Well-developed leadership and influencing skills with the ability to enthuse, motivate and involve individuals and teams, and have them understand and deliver the Trust's expectations
  • Attributes of woman/family/patient centred approach
  • Quality benchmarking
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills with good listening skills
  • High level of work organisation, self-motivation, drive for performance and improvement, and flexibility in approach and attitude
  • Strong sense of commitment to openness, honesty and integrity in undertaking the role.
  • Ability to undertake: o Incident investigation o Service improvement experience



  • Quality, standard setting, benchmarking and audit.
  • Budget and people management
  • Current issues in healthcare/specialty
  • Nursing and Midwifery Agenda
  • Clinical Governance
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Fundamentals of care
  • Patient safety issues
  • Health and Safety
  • Understanding of what the NHS Constitution means to the responsibilities to the public, patients and colleagues.
  • Sound political judgement and astuteness in understanding and working with complex policy, and diverse interest groups, and common sense in knowing when to brief up the line
  • Knowledge of the key regulations, outcomes and assessment methods used by the Care Quality Commission in judgement of healthcare organisations


  • A commitment to improving research services through an ability to sustain a clear performance focus on achieving demanding goals
  • Coaching skills



  • Degree level Registered Midwife (with current registration with NMC)
  • Recognised teaching qualification
  • Evidence of ongoing and relevant personal and professional development in the last 2 years
  • Recognised post graduate study within a Leadership programme with evidence of practical application of expertise at this level
  • Evidence of commitment to continuous learning and application in practice
  • Masters level study in a relevant subject with evidence of practical application of expertise at this level


  • QSIR or Prince2 :Project management qualification

Employer details

Employer name

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Women's and Newborn Unit, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Smith Lane



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