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Assistant Consultant Midwife

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 7
Full Time
Are you a midwife who is passionate about strong, visible and professional leadership? Do you want to lead and facilitate change? Are you confident in the provision of midwifery led care and optimisation of birth outcomes in all birth settings? Do you wish to act as an advocate for women and birthing people and support their informed decision making? Do you want the opportunity to lead change through research, audit, education and training?

If the answer is yes- then this is an opportunity for you!

The successful applicant will be supported to develop knowledge and skills, and gain practical experience in the key objectives of the Consultant Midwife role within the four principle role functions (clinical practice, leadership, education and training, and research and audit), and support the Consultant Midwife to ensure that the Divisional local and national targets are met.

The post holder will be responsible for supporting the Consultant Midwife with a focus on expertise in midwife led care, personalised care, birth debrief and birth reflections, and maternity transformation underpinned by a philosophy of maximising health for women/birthing people and their babies

Personal development, mentorship and support will be provided by Consultant Midwife and wider senior leadership team to enable you to identify any learning or development needs in order to optimize skills and career development during the fixed term period.

Main duties of the job

This is a training and development post to equip the post holder with the skills, knowledge and experience to enable them to work towards a Consultant Midwife role in the future.

The post holder will support the Consultant Midwife with elements of the role to include personalised care, birth reflections, clinical practice development, and improvement projects with a focus on reducing inequalities, gaining feedback and improving women's experience promoting birth as a positive experience, supporting midwives in clinical practice with their education and development, and supporting the maternity research agenda. The role provides a unique opportunity for personal, professional, service and academic development.

Working closely with the Consultant Midwife you will support and enhance midwife led care and physiology throughout childbirth improving outcomes for mothers/birthing people and their babies.

You will empower midwives to support and meet the needs of all women, including those with complex maternity care issues, developing good relationships and working with the wider multidisciplinary team to support coordinating care and facilitate choices.

The post holder will be expected to be delivering clinical care for 50% of their time the other 50% will be devoted to professional, personal and service development.

You will be an essential member of the senior leadership team, and a change agent to progress our maternity services forward at Royal Bolton.

About us

Theright care, by theright person, in theright place

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is a progressive, expanding organisation with great ambition around improving quality, integrating pathways and delivering high levels of productivity.

The Family Care Division aims to deliver the highest standards of care for maternity, sexual health, gynaecology and a range of acute and community children's services. The Division is a Centre of Excellence for Women's and Children's services and has a credible and enviable reputation. We deliver over 6,000 babies and carry around 1500 gynaecological procedures each year, making us a specialist provider of health services for women, babies and their families in the North West Sector of Manchester and beyond. The Trust also has a tertiary level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Here at Bolton our families are at the heart of everything we do. We ensure our patients receive the highest quality of Care and are guided by our Trust Values.

The Trust offers fantastic Staff Benefits, ranging from salary sacrifice schemes, including Cars, Technology and Cycling to an onsite gym and local store discounts.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Relationships:

The post-holder will develop effective working partnerships with the Director of Midwifery and Divisional Nurse Director, Assistant Director of Midwifery, Consultant Midwife, Senior Midwifery Team, Clinical Leads, Consultants, Operational Business Managers, Education Teams, and Clinical Midwives/Team Leaders to identify the key issues to be addressed to improve standards of nursing and midwifery practice.

Professional responsibilities

The Expert Practice Function
  • To ensure the maintenance and development of own clinical skills through the completion of an advanced practitioner portfolio
  • To develop own clinical capacity in order to become an expert practitioner, demonstrating advanced clinical competence and a knowledge base beyond those associated with a conventional midwifery role.

Professional leadership and consultancy
  • Optimise birth outcomes in all areas of maternity care, displaying leadership in midwifery practice within all areas of the maternity services.
  • Support the Consultant Midwife to lead on regular reviews of the efficiency and efficacy of midwife led birth pathways, demonstrating achievements through benchmarking against similar units.

Education and Training
  • To continue own academic development, working towards MSC level or equivalent
  • To advise and support the Midwifery Practice Development Team, identifying priority areas for practice, development and promoting the integration of theory and practice within the clinical setting.
  • To support the delivery of professional education programmes for the multi disciplinary team

Practice and Service Development
  • Participate in the development and evaluation of evidence-based integrated care pathways, where appropriate.
  • Develop skills and knowledge in evidence based change management strategies and work with the Consultant Midwife to implement these into practise.
  • Develop skills and experience in appropriate quality improvement projects, including service redesign in line with key objectives outlined in local and national policy documents and the Better Births programme

Person Specification



  • First degree in midwifery or health related subject
  • Teaching qualification
  • Evidence of continuous professional development in midwifery and women's health
  • Masters level education in a related area


  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) certification
  • Portfolio of evidence to support innovation in practice



  • Demonstrates leadership skills
  • Management skills including chairing meetings, presentations, report writing
  • Evidence of working in a complex environment with competing priorities
  • Able to solve problems, achieve objectives and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrate IT skills in using applications e.g. word, PowerPoint, excel spreadsheets
  • Well-developed communication skills, able to communicate complex matters
  • Able to motivate and influence midwives and other professional colleagues


  • Evidence of published work
  • Project management skills



  • Midwifery experience in all clinical areas and midwifery led settings
  • Evidence of involvement in research, audit and health promotion
  • Experience of developing staff
  • Experience of working as part of a team and can demonstrate principles of effective team working
  • Evidence of gathering, analysing, interpreting and disseminating in-depth information
  • Demonstrates understanding of the role of the consultant midwife
  • Understands the needs of women and birthing people in a multicultural environment


  • Experience of clinical governance activities including audit and risk management within maternity services
  • Management and leadership experience

work related


  • Professional credibility with senior colleagues and midwives

Employer details

Employer name

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Bolton Hospital

Minerva road



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