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Specialist Midwife (Substance and Alcohol Misuse)

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
5 Jun 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Specialist Midwife, Alcohol & Substance Misuse to join the Jessop Wing, Safeguarding Team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. We are looking to recruit an inspirational and highly motivated Midwife with proven skills and abilities.

The successful candidate will demonstrate extensive Safeguarding, Alcohol and Substance Misue knowledge and possess expertise within the remit of Maternity and desirably Neonatal services. A Think Family approach is essential.

The post holder will report to and support the Named Midwife for Safeguarding at Jessop Wing and act as a conduit between staff and external agencies and stakeholders involved in Safeguarding Women, Children and Child Protection.

The Specialist Midwife , Alcohol & Substance Misuse, will be a visible and credible within the Jessop Wing, sharing specialist knowledge, and advice to staff in the clinical environment.

If you are an exceptional communicator and are skilled in building positive relationships with teams and external professionals, join the Jessop Wing and bring your best self to work!

Main duties of the job

Support the Safeguarding Team in all clinical, liaison, and child protection issues that arise with substance misusing clients.

Ensure that local child protection procedures are followed.

This diverse role will include being involved in all aspects of women's reproductive health care and will have a strong emphasis on health promotion, encompassing hard reduction and sexual health care and advice to hard- to - reach women.

To act as a source of expertise, advice and knowledge for mothers, carers and health professionals.

To provide a positive role model for other staff within the maternity unit.

To work in partnership with the Public Health Midwives and staff Midwives in the co-ordination of clinical activities, personally case-loading the most complex clients.

Provide easy access, support and onward referral and liaise with the Specialist Family Planning Team for women who are requesting advice regarding termination of pregnancy.

About us

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes commitments to professional development but also many policies to support employees in balancing their personal and professional lives.

The Directorate of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology is based at the Jessop Wing which is linked to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. The maternity unit has over 6800 births per year and is a Regional Tertiary Maternity Service with a Level 3 Neonatal Unit of 44 cots. A tertiary Gynae-Oncology service and a changing Gynaecology Service, which includes an Assisted Conception Unit, complete the services within the Directorate.

This vacancy is advertised on a fixed term contract basis for a period of 12 months due to the post being externally funded. The fixed term contract status of the post holder will be reviewed in accordance with the Trust's legal obligations regarding fixed term contracts taking into consideration the ongoing source of the external funding and the requirement for the post to be maintained.

Please also note any secondment must first be agreed with your current line manager.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

When completing your application please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how you meet the role criteria.

Person Specification



  • NMC registered Midwife educated to degree level or higher
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development
  • Safeguarding Children Level 3 Training
  • Evidence of completion of a Safeguarding Supervision Course (or willing to work towards)


  • Safeguarding Training at Degree/Masters Level



  • Significant safeguarding experience in an acute or community setting
  • Previous adult and child protection, child in need and multi-agency working experience
  • Effective working knowledge of local Safeguarding policies and process
  • Experience in delivering safeguarding training/MDT education
  • Ability to undertake audit and service evaluation

Skills and Knowledge


  • Proven leadership skills
  • In depth knowledge of Substance and Alcohol misue in pregnant women
  • Knowledge of child all procedures.
  • Knowledge of clinical governance agenda
  • Ability to critically analyse data and audit/research findings.
  • Proven IT skills, including MS Excel
  • Problem solving/decision making skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Evidence of innovation/ taking initiative

Personal Qualities


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Working as part of MDT
  • High level of personal motivation
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Decision making skills
  • Demonstrate a positive and solution focused attitude
  • Must be flexible to meet the needs of the service

Values and Behaviours (PROUD)


  • Provides outstanding service, by putting patients first, ensuring patients are cared for with courtesy, compassion, dignity and empathy
  • Respectful to patients, staff colleagues and all internal and external contacts whilst valuing diversity
  • Takes ownership for own actions and areas of responsibility
  • Demonstrates unity by working in partnership with all colleagues and committing to team goals.
  • Proven track record of delivery of professional, efficient and effective services.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Jessop Wing Hospital

Tree Root Walk


S10 2SF

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