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Head of Midwifery and Gynaecology

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 a year pa
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a dynamic, motivated clinical expert to join our team at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHSFT, As Head of Midwifery and Gynaecology at the Bedford Hospital Site. The trust provides maternity care for around 10,000 women a year with 2700 being delivered at the Bedford Hospital Maternity Unit, and comprehensive Gynaecology Services.

This is an exciting opportunity to compassionately lead , inspire and deliver the service strategy for the next three years and build on the transformational work that has already occurred at our Maternity and Gynaecology services at Bedford.

You will be an inspirational and positive leader who will work closely with the Director of Midwifery and Head of Midwifery and Gynaecology at Luton and Dunstable maternity site and want to play an active role within the Local Maternity and Neonatal System.

This role will provide guidance, support and leadership as a strong advocate ensuring inclusivity and driving a culture of responsive continuous improvement and service development.

Main duties of the job

Reporting to the Director of Midwifery, the post holder will develop, maintain and provide assurance on clinical and operational governance systems and processes, specifically clinical risk management, CQC standards, clinical policy and procedure, clinical quality, health and safety, patient experience, complaint systems and resolution, incident reporting and resolution, contractual quality measures, safeguarding.

The post holder will be responsible for driving forward and monitoring the implementation of the Maternity services strategy throughout the Trust across a range of issues improving the patient experience and taking into account both national and local guidance.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarize yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for driving forward and monitoring the implementation of the Maternity services strategy throughout the Trust across a range of issues improving the patient experience and taking into account both national and local guidance.

The post holder will be required to act up as the Director of Midwifery in the day-to-day delivery of the clinical business of the service and assumes delegated functions of corporate nursing or midwifery development programmes, midwifery recruitment and retention, measuring and improving standards of care and the patient experience, in accordance with agreed objectives, targets, quality standards, controls and resource constraints. This will be both site specific and Trust wide.

The Head of Midwifery & Gynaecology will oversee the safe and effective midwifery & nursing staffing both operationally and strategically on the delegated site.

Demonstrate a high level of professional knowledge/expertise in order to provide detailed advice to staff within both the midwifery and multi-disciplinary teams working with CSLs and operational leads to drive and deliver organisational objectives.

Person Specification



  • oRegistered Midwife with NMC
  • oMaster's degree or equivalent level of academic achievement in health or management related topic or able to demonstrate equivalent senior management experience
  • oLeadership development
  • oEducational/ Mentorship qualification or experience


  • oProfessional Midwifery Advocate



  • oLeading and effectively managing change
  • oSignificant experience as a midwife and nurse working in a senior role including 8C HOM or consultant Midwife
  • oEvidence of delivering change on a major scale with tangible benefits to patients in the organisation
  • oExperience of financial and budgetary management
  • oContributing to the development of strategy

Skills and Knowledge


  • oOf key current issues in the NHS, Maternity transformation and the changing nature of healthcare policy
  • oHighly developed motivational skills and strong commitment to staff empowerment/involvement
  • oWorking in collaboration and partnership with other organisations


  • oEvidence of leading strategic development
  • oNHS targets & Regulatory Frameworks
  • oLeading cross boundary projects

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Bedford Hospital

South Wing Kempston road


MK42 9DJ

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