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Midwifery Continuity of Care Team Leader

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 7
Full Time
Are you passionate about Midwifery Continuity of Care? Do have previous Team Leader experience? Or are you ready to take the next step in your Midwifery career? If the answer to any of these questions is yes then please read on!

Main duties of the job

Here at WAHT, we are looking for someone to work alongside and in collaboration with our experienced Community Team Leaders to lead and manage our 5, well established Continuity Teams across Worcestershire. You will support the teams with rostering, training and development, mentorship, retention, staff health and wellbeing and the provision of sound clinical leadership. Although you will not hold a specific caseload, there will be the opportunity for clinical work and you will participate in an on-call rota. You will work closely with both the Consultant Midwife and Matron for Community, Continuity & Bereavement.

For more information or for an informal discussion, please contact Caitlin Wilson (Consultant Midwife) or Trudy Berlet (Matron) or via Switchboard on 01905 733 728.

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is over 7,000 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose:
  • To ensure a high standard of midwifery care at all times through the effective management of staff and resources within the Continuity teams.
  • To provide Midwifery leadership and act as a resource to other team members.
  • To ensure effective communication with the multidisciplinary team/ outside agencies to ensure a seamless care pathway for families is maintained.
  • To be the identified lead professional for low risk women and coordinate the care for high risk women.
  • To ensure continuous risk assessment processes are in place and reviewed at every contact.
  • To champion normality, promote and facilitate home birth service within the team.
  • To keep up to date and act consistently within quality standards and guidelines within own clinical area and associated areas in accordance with Trust guidance. Be up to date with NICE guidance and National Directives.
  • To continuously monitor and evaluate the quality of work against quality standards in own area and take effective action to address this.
  • To demonstrate strong, clinical leadership in stressful and challenging situations.
  • To promote a positive approach to new challenges and to adopt creative ways of working.
  • To act as an advocate for women, to liaise with all members of the multi-disciplinary team to co-ordinate all aspects of care in the best interests of the woman and her family.
  • To ensure effective training and educational programmes are available by working collaboratively with appropriate personnel to meet the training and educational needs of midwives in the clinical area.

Key Duties:
  • Professional/Clinical Leadership
    • Able to initiate new ideas and practices /approaches to direct clinical care of mother and baby that will require change management skills.
    • Able to search literature using critical thinking and provide a report and action plan related to findings.
    • Accept personal responsibility and accountability for your infection prevention and control practice. Ensure that you are familiar with, and comply with, all relevant policies. Ensure that you receive mandatory updates in infection control.
    • Develop practice in the assessment of health and wellbeing needs.
    • Develop practice in addressing individuals health and wellbeing needs.
    • Promote peoples equality, diversity and rights.
    • Establish and maintain communication with individuals and groups about difficult or complex matters, overcoming any problems in communication.
    • Lead work teams in the development of knowledge, ideas and work practice.
    • Organise own time as an autonomous midwifery practitioner.
    • Responsible for ensuring midwives practice is evidence based and is developed in line with best practice.
    • Control resources related to staffing, expenses and supplies.
  • Clinical Governance
    • Promote best practice in health, safety and security.
    • Contribute to quality improvement.
    • To facilitate research based practice within their team and ensure appropriate implementation.
    • To ensure that Midwifery procedures are implemented and maintained in accordance with the Policies of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
    • To ensure good standards of practice within the Maternity service through effective quality assurance measures such as clinical audit programmes.
    • To ensure all staff are conversant and comply with Trust Policies and regulations, and attend compulsory lectures as instructed.
    • Monitor and evaluate national and local Key Performance Indicators in relation to community midwifery.
  • Management
    • To ensure that a duty rota for staff within the team will provide effective and well balanced cover to meet the needs of the service, including 24 hour on call cover for home births and emergencies.
    • To liaise with other teams and departments within the directorate to place workload and skill mix as effectively as possible. To inform and discuss with Matron/Director of Midwifery /Directorate Manager any problems regarding midwifery management.
    • Allocate, co-ordinate, monitor and assess the work of teams and individuals.
    • To manage allocated budget effectively to remain within financial constraints.
    • To ensure effective two-way communication with all disciplines so that patients receive optimum care.
    • Plan, obtain and deploy physical and/or financial resources.
    • To provide information for and participate in studies to determine workloads, patient dependency and quality assurance in relation to infant feeding.
    • To maintain accurate records relating to all aspects of role.
    • Contribute to the development of services.
    • To monitor the safe and effective use of all equipment and the economic use of supplies, ordering replacement equipment together with maintenance of that equipment.
  • Staff Development
    • To develop the role of community midwifery, undertake training and assessment to extend clinical skills as appropriate.
    • To ensure all staff reach their full potential by enabling them to develop professional, clinical, managerial and communication skills, which will be identified through the use of PDR.
    • To plan and participate in the teaching programmes of learners in accordance with their objectives, working closely with the University.
    • To identify areas for development of skills in accordance with the NMC guidelines.
    • Develop knowledge and practice in an area of work.
  • Professional
    • To maintain a professional attitude at all times, developing the role of the Midwife in the best interest of the patient and professional in accordance with the NMC Code.
    • To promote a positive attitude for the profession and the Trust within which you are working.
    • To be aware of personal and professional development. To attend courses and conferences as appropriate to the service and individual development.
    • To be conversant and comply with Trust Policies and regulations, and attend compulsory lectures as instructed.
    • Participate in research projects where appropriate, reporting findings within a multi-disciplinary framework.
    • Implement research where appropriate.
  • Personnel
    • To participate in the selection, interviewing and induction of new members of staff. To be involved in manpower requirements in line with identified service developments.
    • To monitor staff performance and organise staff appraisals.
    • To be responsible for the maintenance of day to day discipline within the team and to initiate when necessary the disciplinary procedure.
    • To counsel staff in relation to professional and personal matters.
    • To make Matron/ Head of Midwifery/ Directorate Manager aware of all hazards/unsafe practices and ensure all accidents/untoward incidents are reported in accordance with the laid down procedures.

    Person Specification



    • First Level Registration
    • Degree or working towards
    • Evidence of significant Continuing Professional Development
    • Evidence of management experience / training
    • Evidence of leadership experience / training
    • NMC recognised Teaching / Assessing qualification


    • Masters Degree
    • PMA



    • Previous experience at Band 6 within all aspects of Midwifery including community


    • Experience working in a Continuity model
    • Experience working/managing a Community Midwifery Team



    • Evidence of being up-to-date with current issues relating to professional practice
    • Knowledge of key national policy drivers for Acute care
    • Can demonstrate practical application of quality standards within the clinical setting e.g. Care Quality Commission, NICE guidance
    • Able to demonstrate effective management of, staff and students, experience and performance
    • Credible clinical expert
    • Evidence of research based practice
    • Organisational skills
    • Fully aware of clinical governance agenda
    • Experience and knowledge within the specialty or related field
    • Proven management skills
    • Able to promote equality, diversity and rights
    • Fully aware of principles of infection control
    • Fully aware of health and safety issues


    • Teaching expertise
    • Evidence of implementing change in the workplace
    • Complaints handling

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


    Charles Hastings Way



    WR5 1DD

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