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Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit Lead

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
Epsom and Carshalton
£49,178 to £55,492 pro rata per annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Responsible for co-ordinating the early pregnancy and recurrent miscarriage service across both St Helier and Epsom Hospital

Focus on providing high quality clinical care to pregnant and non-pregnant women who experience complications relating to recurrent miscarriage and complications in early pregnancy.

Manage the service and line manages the team of Band 6 midwives and maternity

Clinically assess women with early pregnancy complications according to hospital guidelines, plan and implement management/refer to the obstetric consultant specialists as appropriate.

Work closely with the obstetric and sonography team in diagnosing and advising on the management of women with concerns in early pregnancy.

Ensure women and their partners are sensitively offered appropriate information, support and counselling in respect of early pregnancy complications including recurrent miscarriage, threatened miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, pregnancy of unknown location, pain, anxiety and hyperemesis.

Main duties of the job


Take responsibility for own personal development and adhere to the NMC standards for Midwifery Practice.

Undertake venepuncture, order diagnostic blood tests, interpret results and initiate appropriate interventions.

Ensure that nursing care is patient focused and that patient dignity and privacy are maintained at all times.

Ensure due regard is given to the customs, values and spiritual beliefs of patients and colleagues and that equal opportunities are practiced.

Ensure women are prioritised according to need and there is effective patient flow throughout the department.

Whenever possible the post holder will attempt to resolve all complaints

Emotional support for the staff to deal with complex patients and families.

About us

Equal Opportunities

The Trust affords its employees equal opportunities in employment, training and development irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability, marital/parental status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, hours of work, political beliefs, TU membership or age.

Clinical Governance

Staff are expected to provide patients with timely and effective care. Treatment and direct / indirect support must be based on best practice. Everyone is responsible for this and his/her job in the Trust is important in achieving this.

Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF)

All staff excluding Doctors and Dentists are required to participate in the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework. This is an annual appraisal process linking career and pay progression. All staff will be required to attend mandatory training on the Knowledge and Skills Framework before they can embark on the appraisal process.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Take responsibility for own personal development and adhere to the NMC standards for Midwifery Practice.

Undertake venepuncture, order diagnostic blood tests, interpret results and initiate appropriate interventions.

Oversee the close follow-up of women with pregnancy of unknown location, ectopic pregnancy and missed miscarriage in consultation with the lead consultant

Develop and maintain skills in relation to miscarriage and early pregnancy by participation and attendance at relevant educational events.

Person Specification

Essential and Desirable


  • NMC Registered Nurse Part 1 adult /Registered Midwife
  • Recognised ultrasound scanning qualifications in early pregnancy
  • Holds a degree in relevant health care subject
  • Mentorship certificate or Practice assessor certificate
  • Experience in Early pregnancy scanning
  • Proven management and leadership experience
  • Proven ability of problem solving and conflict resolution Ability to work under pressure to achieve service objectives. Knowledge and understanding of professional and ethical issues
  • Experience of managing a budget


  • oAccredited PG certificate in Early pregnancy and gynaecology ultrasound scanning
  • oCounselling course or willingness to undertake
  • oConsultation skills

essential and desirable


  • Awareness of legislation and national guidance in relation to early pregnancy and miscarriage care
  • Experience of undertaking appraisals and or recognizing training/developmental needs of the staff Input and review of local policies


  • Counselling course or willingness to undertake
  • Awareness of national bereavement care pathway and the support offer

Employer details

Employer name

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust


Epsom and St Helier Hospital NHS Trust - Cross Site

Epsom and Carshalton


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