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Senior Midwifery Practitioner - NEST Team Lead

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum or per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for a caring, motivated and enthusiastic midwife to manage, lead and support one of our established case loading midwifery teams who care for vulnerable families and our Black, Asian and ethnic minority population.

You will be a committed individual that would like the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of mothers and babies. We are proud as a Maternity Service to have three established case loading teams helping to deliver our exciting vision as part of our commitment to Better Births (2016) and continuity of carer pathways. You will be working in a team of 6 - 8 midwives to cover a 24/7 service supporting our clients. As well as offering the opportunity to care for women in this way, you will have autonomy of your diary, flexible hours, supportive team working and continued development and training.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

What youll do -

You will lead a team of midwives working flexibly and autonomously within our East NEST Team to provide continuity to women by booking their pregnancy, providing routine antenatal care, team continuity during intrapartum care in all birth settings and postnatal care.

You will need to have excellent communication and leadership skills along with the passion to be self-motivated and to motivate others.

You will be responsible for your caseload, however, will work closely alongside the caseloading and multi-disciplinary team, safeguarding team and external partners to ensure that the experience we provide to women and families is a world class service.

What were looking for A midwife who is passionate about caseloading as a model of midwifery practice. A midwife with caseloading experience looking after vulnerable women and families. A midwife with excellent leadership skills to support the team to deliver quality care and to advocate and embrace new and improved ways of working. Great communication and interpersonal skills to lead their caseload, support the team and liaise with other organisations and health professionals as necessary. Someone who is driven, innovative and committed as we are always looking to improve the service we provide. A midwife with the ability to influence others. A lead that can demonstrate the ability to make clinical decisions and support their team in the decision making process. A midwife that demonstrates a commitment to personal and service development that promotes transformational change.

This model of working requires you to have a driving licence and have access to a car. There is an on-call commitment.

Person Specification

Trust values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications / training required


  • Registered Midwife on relevant part of the NMC register
  • Significant clinical experience
  • Associate/mentorship qualification or equivalent experience
  • Diploma or degree in midwifery
  • Evidence of continual professional development


  • Leadership training
  • Examination of the newborn qualification

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Relevant and recent clinical experience or with the ability to demonstrate significant experience in midwifery practice and responsibility for managing a clinical team
  • Experience of setting and monitoring standards
  • Demonstrate specialist expertise underpinned by evidence-based care philosophy
  • Evidence of proven leadership and management skills
  • Previous involvement of multi-disciplinary team working and multi-agency working across the health and social economy
  • Ability to work within a broad, inter-professional team


  • Experience of writing protocols, guidelines and integrated care pathways
  • High dependency course
  • Team leadership role
  • Evidence of audit
  • Experience of leading change management programmes

Aptitudes and skills required


  • Confident of own knowledge base
  • Expert clinical skills relevant to speciality and achievement of all midwifery competencies
  • Negotiation skills
  • Synthesise information quickly and able to communicate and escalate
  • Excellent communication skills, be able to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Innovate approach to problem solving
  • Leadership skills
  • Able to manage workload autonomously
  • IT skills (Microsoft systems)
  • Demonstrate ability to influence and motivate others
  • Skills in conflict resolution
  • Have ability to network, initiate and develop sound relationships with senior colleagues within and external to the Trust
  • Positive attitude
  • Team player, highly motivated and enthusiastic
  • Tenacity and assertiveness
  • Supportive and able to listen to other views
  • Proactive and acts on initiative
  • Able to justify own decisions
  • Good self-awareness

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Princess Anne Hospital

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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