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Fixed term - Labour Ward Coordinator

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
Fixed Term Maternity Leave cover

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and passionate leaders to join our team as a Band 7 Labour Ward Coordinator at Brighton Hospital. As an experienced midwife you will be asked to support, lead and role model on each shift ensuring a safe and happy service for our service users and maternity team.

You will need to work and communicate effectively with our multi disciplinary team to ensure safety and best practice.
  • To provide effective clinical leadership and support to all members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Clinically proficient expert
  • To utilise managerial and professional pathways within the organisation, to ensure the effective provision of a high quality service.
  • Develop personal resource, to be a role model for the maternity services, show self-confidence and confidence in team. Maintain staff morale and promote good working relationships.
  • Motivating staff, understanding the needs to motivate staff and identify various ways to acknowledge their efforts and achievements inspire through action and example.
  • To provide high quality evidence based midwifery care, for all families.
  • To support and empower women throughout the childbirth experience, providing information and choices enabling them to make informed decisions about their care.

Main duties of the job

  • Creating an environment in which effective learning can take place
  • Co-ordinating the involvement of the multidisciplinary team within designated areas.
  • Work in partnership with a range of clinicians and managers in the planning or development of own service promoting the involvement of clients/public.
  • Cascade information as appropriate to members of the team through internet, team briefings, newsletters and management meetings.
  • Work closely with the senior midwifery manager to ensure information sharing regarding implementation of organisational objectives.
  • Continuous responsibility for establishing systems and standards of communication for routine, complex and potentially stressful matters.
  • Attend meetings as required and act as a representative of the unit.
  • To provide clinical and professional leadership
  • Provide and facilitate the care of women with complex needs in partnership with the multidisciplinary team.
  • Plan and implement individualised care whilst advocating for the women where necessary
  • Recognise, risk assess and report any deviation from the normal involving senior midwifery and medical staff
  • Take appropriate action in emergency situations and decide on the best course of action/treatment according to local policies
  • Lead by example, demonstrating a proven record of sound leadership, communication skills, management skills, courtesy and diplomacy, when dealing with colleagues and the general public.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To act as an advocate for women, the infant and the family.
  • To have expert clinical skills and ensure appropriate assessment, implementation and evaluation of care is achieved. Act as a resource for other members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • To observe the Rules and Code of Conduct as laid down by the NMC.
  • To contribute to the development of policies and guidelines, audit and research within maternity services, taking a lead role in the subsequent change process.
  • Attend and participate in clinical governance meetings to promote good midwifery practice, learn from events and disseminate findings to colleagues.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of risk management and untoward incident reporting and policies and procedures.
  • Participate in the reviews of clinical incidents and give feedback to individuals or groups on any recommendations.
  • Participates in the development of clinical and educational guidelines and policies to improve clinical practice
  • Assist with monitoring quality of care in the maternity service and participate in audit programme as required.
  • Work in collaboration with the Midwifery Lead for Risk Management to ensure compliance with CQC standards.
  • To ensure effective and efficient use of all resources, including the deployment of staff, finances, equipment and services as required.
  • Maintain a safe working environment, in line with Health and Safety requirements, ordering, maintaining, repairing and servicing of all equipment in conjunction with the Clinical Services Manager.
  • To support the Senior Midwifery Team in ensuring that clinical standards are maintained, whilst working within the constraints of the budgets for human and other resources.
  • To actively participate in the appraisals process and to promote a culture of lifelong learning.
  • To be involved with recruitment, selection and appointment of new staff, providing orientation programmes within area of responsibility.
  • Deputise for the Senior Clinical Midwifery Manager as required, for meetings and when on annual leave.
  • To provide mentorship to midwives and students in a supportive environment for learning and development.
  • To support and encourage on-going training for the support staff within the team.
  • Liaise with the Practice Development Midwife working together to develop new staff initiatives.
  • To investigate complaints and incidents supporting staff and assisting in preparation of statements to facilitate their resolution and dissemination of learning outcomes.
  • To assist and undertake sickness reviews within line to trust policy.
  • To take an active role in the recruitment, selection and retention of staff ensuring all new staff receive induction/orientation and appropriate paperwork is completed.
  • To ensure data is recorded accurately and timely into maternity records and IT systems.
  • Be accountable for the quality of information produced by staff within areas of responsibility (this includes those who may be acting as system managers for Trust clinical and non-clinical computer systems).
  • Report non-compliance with the Data Quality Policy, erroneous production of data and any factors affecting the production of valid data to the Data Quality Manager.
  • Have an awareness of research activity that is happening within the department and contribute to this research when appropriate.
  • Be aware of new research and evidence based practice that could enhance the patient experience and patient care.
  • To participate in clinical audit.

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Person Specification



  • Qualified clinical experience as a Midwife
  • Mentorship or equivalent


  • NIPE trained
  • Previous leadership experience

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion


  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).
  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital

Eastern Road



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