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Bereavement Midwife

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year PA PRO RATA
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Bereavement Team at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. We have an opportunity for an experienced and motivated registered Midwife who is passionate about Bereavement care to join the team.The post holder will be responsible for coordinating the Bereavement services offered to newly bereaved parents and to provide support to midwifery and medical staff when caring for women experiencing late miscarriage, Medical Termination of Pregnancy, stillbirth and Neonatal death, provide ongoing support whilst in hospital and once at home

Main duties of the job

- To support the Specialist Bereavement Midwife with providing verbal and written information to bereaved families and to support women and their families who have experienced the death of their baby

- To provide support to midwifery and medical staff working within Women's and Children's services when caring for women experiencing a loss in pregnancy, stillbirth or early neonatal death

- To act as an educational resource for nursing, midwifery staff and maternity care assistants on physical, psychological and administrative aspects of bereavement care. In addition, this role is to provide support and training for staff in bereavement related issues.

About us

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust provides integrated acute and community Healthcare in the West Midlands serving a population of 260,000 residents. Walsall Manor Hospital houses the full range of district general hospital services. The �170 million development was completed in 2010 and we are continually upgrading.

We provide high quality, friendly and effective community health services from multiple sites covering Walsall.

We are recommended by colleagues as a place to work which is supported by the trusts values to work as part of a team, being respectful, compassionate and professional. We are committed to investing in our workforce

The work we do is highly rewarding, and in addition to an attractive salary, we offer a valuable range of benefits, including: salary sacrifice scheme car leasing scheme on-site staff accommodation (subject to availability) the ability to retain your NHS pension (where applicable) or the opportunity to join an alternative scheme and the opportunity to develop and implement your expertise in an encouraging yet challenging environment
We would particularly welcome applications from people from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background and from people with a disability these groups are currently under-represented at senior level, we value diversity within our Trust and are working to achieve equality in our recruitment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To deliver a confidential support service to women and their partners following the loss of their baby
  • To coordinate the Bereavement service offered to newly bereaved parents, liaising with all members of the team to ensure that an efficient and high-quality service is provided.
  • To give emotional and psychological support to bereaved parents and the staff involved in their care. This support may be initiated during pregnancy, in labour or following the birth/death of the baby.
  • Ensure access to services is initiated for those women requesting support and maintained for an appropriate time period. This may entail Home Visiting for some clients who may be distressed at entering the Hospital premises.
  • To identify potential risks and assist in the completion of reports following clinical incidents.
  • To maintain correct records of all bereaved clients.
  • To ensure both the Notification to MBRRACE and surveillance information is completed
  • To ensure all reports and documents are filed notes in preparation for consultant postnatal appointment.
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary panels from time to time to look at specific areas of Perinatal Mortality
  • To plan and evaluate Perinatal bereavement clinical care across the unit ensuring that safe and effective holistic evidence-based care is provided.
  • To identify and disseminate research findings related to Perinatal bereavement support and participate in research projects when required
  • To assist with the delivery of educational training programmes, meeting the needs of the multi-disciplinary clinical staff in relation to bereavement issues.
  • To participate in audit as required.
  • To work within the supportive team to maintain an effective working relationship with the Chaplains, the Bereavement Officer/Team, Mortuary Manager, Neonatal Pathologist, Histology, Hospital Funeral Directors and the Cemetery and Crematorium
  • To be available to give practical help and support where appropriate, either by telephone or in person to members of junior staff
  • To support the development of, maintain and regularly review fetal loss information packs for women and staff.
  • To participate in formulating local policies and guidelines.
  • To support the lead Midwife with delivery of staff training needs within the Service.
  • To act as an effective advocate for the bereaved woman and her partner by using effective communication to ensure that an individuals care is of the highest possible standard.
  • To ensure families know how to access further support such as baby loss support charities, counselling services and mental health support services.
  • Required to notify national agencies of stillbirths and neonatal deaths (i.e. MBRRACE, CDOP, HSIB)
  • In partnership with the governance team ensure that benchmarking is undertaken of the relevant guidance to ensure the delivery of services are in line with national standards

Person Specification



  • At least 2 years post registration experience
  • Experience in caring for women and their families who have been bereaved
  • Experience in all aspects of clinical midwifery



  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to co-ordinate and liaise within multidisciplinary team


  • Leadership skills
  • Confident teaching and presentation skills



  • Knowledge of statutory regulations governing midwifery
  • Knowledge of the NHS governance agenda

Employer details

Employer name

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust


Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Moat Road



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