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Ward Manager Antenatal/Postnatal

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The maternity service at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is evolving. Currently responsible for the care of approximately 2200 births each year, the service offers choice of care pathway, lead professional and place of birth to women primarily living in the Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Thetford, Sudbury, Haverhill and surrounding areas. Current changes and improvements are being made to the midwifery service and with significant investment and support from the Trust Board.

We are looking for a passionate senior midwife who responds well to change and has experience of working in a fast-paced environment while demonstrating effective leadership and support skills for staff at all levels. This is an exciting post that will significantly contribute and shape our future services and staff whilst leading our antenatal and postnatal ward.

If you are a highly skilled and determined to lead by example whilst modelling an approach that is compassionate and approachable, we would love to hear from you.

This is your chance to be part of a transforming organisation and we would be happy to informally talk with you about the role we have on offer. If you are interested, and what to know more, then please make contact with:

Rebecca Lemesre, Senior Midwifery Matrons for Inpatients 01284 712799

Interviews for this role will be held on 15th May 2024

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate should have a special interest in promoting safe, evidence-based care and be determined to strive for this.

The role will be to provide clinical leadership, facilitate professional development, and have continuing overall responsibility for the management and coordination of the antenatal and postnatal ward. Requiring the postholder to have excellent clinical, communication and interpersonal skills.


Staff Car Parking on the West Suffolk Hospital Site is eligible for individuals working outside of the core hours, 07:00 - 18:30.

For individuals working within the core hours, the Trust offers parking off site at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, which is serviced by a regular shuttle bus to and from the Hospital. Details of the bus timetable can be found in the on-line starter pack on the West Suffolk Hospital website.

This parking restriction does not apply if an individual is required to work on a weekend or if they are required to complete on call duties within their role

The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

We want our patients to feel cared for, with a courteous and respectful attitude from kind and helpful staff who have the time to listen and keep them informed at every step. We want them to feel confident that their treatment is provided by skilled and compassionate teams who will involve them in their care and who understand their time is valuable.

The Trust delivers services to patients seven days a week and aims to provide equality of treatment and outcome regardless of the day of the week. To meet these aims and changing service requirements, the Trust may need you either to work temporarily outside of your core hours or to permanently change your core working days and hours. The Trust will give you reasonable notice, where possible, of temporary changes to your days or hours of work and will consult with you and/or your staff representatives about substantial permanent changes, but ultimately, these are changes which may be required of you.

The post holder will provide clinical leadership, facilitate professional development, and carry continuing overall responsibility for the management and co-ordination of the antenatal and postnatal ward Ward F11. To include:
  • Lead and manage the ward and team to deliver best practice services to women and their babies.
  • Link with other service areas to ensure standards of care are in line with the specialist clinical needs for patients which promote a clinical area that is a positive area for staff experience.
  • Manage the resources effectively, including the team members and the quality standards.
  • Deliver direct patient care, acting as an expert practitioner and a role model to the whole team.
  • Liaise with all health professionals and support staff to ensure patients receive the best services possible.
  • Be part of the management team and participate in Manager on calls

Key Tasks & Responsibilities:
  • Work within the statutory framework governing midwifery practice.
  • Act as a role model by providing strong leadership and maintaining a high standard of professional expertise and conduct.
  • To ensure compliance with national and local standards for care, report on this and initiate and carry through action plans
  • To participate in the formal investigation of complaints and incidents associated with the ward, with the support of line manager if required
  • Be responsible for appraisals of an allocated number of midwives and support staff through the personal review process, monitoring and developing performance.
  • Regularly monitor the sickness and absence of staff and provide informal and formal counselling as per trust policy.
  • Ensure timely completion of duty rotas which ensure appropriate 24-hour cover of the establishment.
  • Be responsible for selection and induction of new staff within the clinical area.
  • Provide ongoing effective leadership support advice.
  • Participate in the teaching and dissemination of professional and clinical knowledge to all members of staff.
  • To be fully informed of the risk management strategy, be responsible for reporting incidents, risk assessment and development of action plans to reduce risk and complaints.
  • Communication:
    • Demonstrate clear lines of communication with colleagues, managers, matrons, risk manager and members of the multi-disciplinary team.
    • Recognises and reflects on barriers to effective communication.
    • Participate in complaints procedures as requested in relation to adverse outcomes. Report complaints and untoward incidents to the midwifery managers, investigate as necessary and be proactive in preventing further incidents.
    • Build and develop on existing communication with external stakeholders including Maternity and Neonatal Voice Partnership (MNVP) and the Local Maternity & Neonatal System
    • Present findings of ongoing audit and education development sessions
    • Present and use audit meetings as a forum for improvements in standards and patient care as per Trusts policy.
    • Take responsibility for communicating to and leading staff in meeting new Trust or national initiatives.
    • Promote team building and maintain cohesion within clinical areas to establish a positive working environment and promote and support autonomous practice.
  • Planning and organisational Skills:
    • Completion of the duty rota, ensuring appropriate cover and supporting other ward managers if required
    • Co-ordinate team representation at clinical audit and professional meetings within the hospital and community setting.
    • Understand agenda format and be able to organise and take minutes. ensure team meetings are planned and support team members in arranging.
    • Be responsible for the operational management of personnel issues such as management of sickness absence, including interviewing staff following each episode of absence, and take appropriate action in line with Trust policy.
    • Supervise and support the development of less experienced staff within clinical areas to facilitate opportunities for practical and theoretical educational development.
    • Support the further development of staff including development at all levels with the support of the Practice Development team.
  • Clinical & Professional Duties:
    • Maintain and update clinical midwifery skills, where appropriate by working as part of the multidisciplinary ward team.
    • Encourage and promote continual quality improvement and implementation of evidence-based practice, where necessary facilitating and managing change.
    • Facilitate optimum standards of care, initiating, implementing, and evaluating programmes of ongoing improvements.
    • Act as a role model, providing clinical leadership to all staff, maintaining morale and promoting effective teamwork.
    • Network with professional colleagues within the directorate and throughout the Trust to ensure best practice is shared and improvements to patient care are made.
    • In conjunction with the Senior Midwifery Matron for Inpatients, monitor patient/user satisfaction and investigate complaints and incidents in a proactive manner, ensuring appropriate action is taken to address issues raised through a positive learning culture.
    • Supervise, monitor and advise on programmes of care and facilitate optimum standards of care ensuring continuous development of woman-centred, evidence-based practice.
    • Liaise with patients, families and staff using a high level of communication skills in response to a diverse range of complex situations.
    • Participate in the Maternity and Neonatal Voices Partnership (MNVP) meetings and support any changes identified from the feedback given, as appropriate.
    • In conjunction with the Named Midwife for Safeguarding, recognise, assess, plan and implement safeguarding guidelines as the need arises, ensuring that vulnerable women and children are protected wherever possible.
    • Act as an advocate for all staff on the ward on relevant Trust-wide issues, and as an expert resource for maternity related issues within the Trust.
    • Work with the Perinatal Mental Health Team to develop and support individualised care plans for women.
  • Governance:
    • Be proactive in conducting audit and participate in the development, monitoring and audit of standards of care.
    • Be innovative in introducing quality approach to service provision by setting, implementing, monitoring and evaluating standards of care.
    • Ensure a safe clinical environment for women babies and families, considering the Trusts health and safety policies.
    • Understand the risk management processes in the trust and service.
    • Demonstrate awareness and compliance with risk management policy.
    • Demonstrate responsibility in ensuring key recommendations from risk incidents are effectively implemented.
    • Adapt and quickly respond to changes in service or departmental needs.
    • To lead in the implementation of changes to clinical practice in response to evidence-based practice of care or the changing needs of women.
    • Lead and participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of standards of care, including guideline development and audit.
  • Finance and Resources:
    • To ensure effective and efficient use of all resources. Be aware of budgetary responsibilities and ensure adequate systems are in place for maintenance of equipment and resources.
    • Appropriate use of resources to minimise the risk from potentially harmful substances using trusts infection prevention measures.
    • Be responsible for the appropriate use, ordering and maintenance of equipment and identification of resources needed

    Person Specification

    Education and qualifications


    • NMC Registration - Registered Midwife
    • Mentorship
    • Evidence of ongoing professional development
    • Relevant degree


    • Evidence of continual professional development
    • Leadership course / Management qualification

    Experience and knowledge


    • Experience of staff recruitment and retention, appraisal, managing sickness and performance
    • Evidence of relevant midwifery post-qualification education
    • Teaching and mentorship experience
    • Shift management
    • Management of other staff groups


    • Evidence of initiating and implementing change processes
    • Management responsibility of clinical area
    • Previous experience of people management
    • Evidence of resource management
    • Evidence of innovating practice

    Skills and abilities


    • Good time management skills
    • Clinical leadership skills and can demonstrate sound leadership ability
    • Highly effective communication and personal skills
    • Ability to assess, teach and train
    • Ability to change practice using evidence-based research
    • Effective role modelling
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