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Specialist Bereavement Midwife

Barts Health NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 Per annum inc
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
At Barts Health NHS Trust our local community is home to families from a diverse mix of ethnicity, social challenge and health needs. Whipps Cross Hospital is situated in East London and we have easy access to very good public transport links. We provide Maternity services to approximately 4000 women per year.

Barts Health NHS Trust strives to provide the best care possible to all women no matter what their circumstances are. A priority of this is to provide care and support to women who have experienced a pregnancy loss.

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic midwife to coordinate our bereavement and pregnancy loss services for women at Whipps Cross Hospital. We are looking for a highly motivated practitioner who has 2 years post registration experience, of which 1 year is in the acute Intrapartum setting. You will be expected to provide the highest standard in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of individualised, holistic care to women who have suffered pregnancy loss in conjunction with the inter-professional team.

You will have good interpersonal skills and be competent in supporting women and staff during difficult circumstances. You will act as a professional role model and clinical teacher and have the passion and commitment to provide high quality care for women.

For further information please contact:Rachel.parker@bartshealth.nhs.uk0208 539 5522 ext 5050

Main duties of the job

The Specialist Midwife should be an expert practitioner and have responsibility along with the partner specialist bereavement midwife for the provision of care, support and practical advice to women/ pregnant people and their families experiencing pregnancy loss and the death of a baby. The post holder will work alongside our existing Specialist Bereavement Midwife to ensure the provision and development of a 7-day bereavement service at Whipps Cross Hospital. The working hours will be Monday to Sunday 9-5pm The post will be divided between 0.6 bereavement and 0.4 clinical.

You will be responsible for ensuring all care is delivered according to Trust policies and procedures maintaining associated records. Utilising clinical audit, research, supervision of practice and teaching, they will monitor and improve standards of care by efficient and effective use of resources. To ensure that the reporting requirements of CNST standard 1 for MBRRACE and PMRT are met as per National agenda and guidance.

To provide personalized care and support to all women/ pregnant people accessing our services within the community for antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal care. They will also provide oversight and support to our early gynaecology unit. The post holder is expected to be able to facilitate evidenced based informed choice, as well as respect for their decision at every stage of the pregnancy journey regardless of medical needs or otherwise.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification



  • Registered Midwife with current NMC registration
  • Preparation for Supervision and assessment of students



  • Registration experience including recent intrapartum experience.
  • Recent experience of staff management
  • Ability to work within set time frames working to priorities and deadlines


  • Recent evidence of working with bereavement services.



  • Effective presentation skills
  • Effective organisation skills
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Knowledge of bereavement support services both locally and nationally.
  • Able to lead, develop and motivate staff
  • Resilient and confident in adverse situations
  • Innovative and creative in the development of new approaches to care and systems of working
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Able to challenge current practices in a non-threatening manner
  • Possess general computing skills
  • Ability to devise and deliver training
  • Ability to work with little supervision
  • Able to work to deadlines
  • Able to work in a multicultural area


  • Knowledge of current and emerging NHS strategy and policy
  • Experience and knowledge of clinical audit



  • Leads in the development of the service and local patient care policies/procedures across the Trust within the specialist area of practice
  • Experiences of taking forth service developments, monitoring and evaluation of effectiveness
  • Ability to coach and motivate staff to accept change and service development
  • Ability to comply with Trust's policies
  • Ability to travel between the Trust sites as required
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility in approach to work patterns
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Willingness to professionally develop


  • Knowledge of clinical governance frameworks



  • Ability to work weekends and flexible hours to meet service requirements

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Whipps Cross Hospital


E11 1NR

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