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Named Midwife for Safeguarding and Trust lead for Domestic Abuse

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Working Full time : 37.5 hours per week

We are looking for an enthusiastic highly motivated senior midwife with a vision to develop and maintain high standards of safeguarding practice across the organisation. The role requires the individual to have experience in safeguarding the unborn and the domestic abuse agenda, The postholder will need to be enthusiastic, energetic, and passionate about providing high quality safeguarding practice.

The post holder will be responsible for providing joint leadership and management to the Countess of Chester Hospital Safeguarding team as well as having oversight of the maternity safeguarding cases for the organisation. They will also be responsible for leading the Trust's Domestic Abuse agenda. There will be close working arrangements with the Local Safeguarding Partnerships and external partner agencies to meet the needs of the safeguarding work.

The postholder must be able to demonstrate excellent leadership skills, be a caring and compassionate individual focused on providing excellent quality patient care, working within the values held by the Trust.

Main duties of the job

This role will provide specialised support and training to enhance patient and staff experience at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Your working hours would be based on a working week pattern of Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30 with flexibility to meet the needs of the service.

The post holder will work closely with other named professionals and senior management across the Trust to ensure that the Think Family strategy is embedded in every aspect of care delivery, providing corporate safeguarding support across the organisation and in collaboration with Key stakeholders from LSAB, LSCP, Domestic Abuse Board, and Community Safety Partnership

The responsibilities of the post will include proactively and reactively engaging with frontline staff and managers and to provide evidence based specialist information, advice, guidance and support required to help staff practice safely to safeguard children, young people, adults at risk and anyone who is a victim of Domestic Abuse confidently and effectively.

As the Named Midwife, the post holder will take the lead in developing strategies across the safeguarding and Domestic Abuse agenda, and will represent the Trust on a range of multi-agency statutory groups .

About us

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services to West Cheshire and to Welsh patients covered by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Trust works collaboratively within the wider Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. Its services are provided from three locations:
  • The Countess of Chester Hospital: providing 438 general and acute beds
  • Ellesmere Port Hospital: providing 56 beds as a rehabilitation, intermediate and outpatient facility
  • Tarporley War Memorial Hospital: a base for community services which serve the local rural population.

The Trust employs over 6258 staff (headcount) which includes temporary bank staff and provides acute emergency and elective services, primary care direct access services and obstetric services to a population of approximately 407,000. This includes 357,000 residents in Chester and West Cheshire which includes Ellesmere Port and Neston as well as the Deeside area of Flintshire which has a population of approximately 50,000.

The Trust is a busy district general hospital and in 2022/2023, there were more than 503,342 patient attendances (inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic) ranging from a simple outpatient appointment to major cancer surgery. This is an increase of nearly 10,000 compared to the previous year when there were 494,387 patient attendances.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See Job Description for further details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. The cost of the DBS application is �23 (standard) or �43 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

Good luck with your application.

Person Specification



  • Current NMC registration as a Registered Midwife (Sub part 2)
  • Post Graduate Study / Masters (relevant to field of practice) or equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of further post registration learning/qualifications.
  • Proven experience in Safeguarding the Unborn and Domestic Abuse
  • Teaching and Assessing qualification or equivalent experience.


  • Leadership qualification
  • Safeguarding Supervision skills



  • Safeguarding experience at Band 7
  • Understanding of working with complex family situations
  • Skilled in Multi agency assessment and working together with partner agencies
  • In depth understanding of the complexities related to children safeguarding
  • Ability to effectively manage a designated group of staff
  • Ability to influence, motivate and inspire others
  • Experience of conflict resolution
  • Ability to adapt to change within the working environment
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to network across the organisation and externally
  • Ability to compile, analyse and disseminate complex information
  • Experience of multi-agency working


  • Experience of supporting transformation projects to improve service delivery
  • Experience of safeguarding the unborn and those at risk of or experiencing domestic abuse in an Acute Care setting



  • Ability to handle complex and difficult situations competently with patients, carers, staff, and external agencies
  • Ability to prioritise own work, across clinical teams, liaising with other staff, teams & services
  • Analysing a range of complex and sensitive information and presenting this to inform and influence stakeholders
  • Ability to produce clear and concise written reports to provide assurance to both internal and external forums
  • Ability to chair/lead meetings/discussions with clinical teams and external agencies
  • Ability to influence, motivate and negotiate with others
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to prioritise workload and meet tight deadlines
  • Evidence of use of IT skills applied to practice

Employer details

Employer name

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Countess of Chester Hospital

Liverpool Road



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