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Perinatal Mortality Review Tool Midwife

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2024
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 and Perinatal Mortality Review to join the team. The post holder will be responsible for co-ordinating and managing the PMRT (Perinatal Mortality Review Tool) Review process.

The post holder will be required to support the PMRT process through the inputting of data using the standardised review tool, and collate and present comprehensive timelines of events using a variety of sources. They will also support and co-ordinate the Perinatal Mortality Review Tool (PMRT) process by liaising with women / parents who have experienced pregnancy loss.

Main duties of the job

  • Ensure all MBRRACE recommendations with regards to PMRT are implemented locally
  • Work closely with the maternity governance team and the specialist bereavement midwife to support and facilitate the PMRT process
  • Inputting of data into the standardized PMRT review tool
  • Collate and present comprehensive timelines of events to be used to review individual cases
  • To develop, disseminate and monitor action plans
  • Manage your own time effectively and be able to prioritize to meet deadlines
  • Lead the monthly PMRT Meetings, ensuring a quorate meeting of both internal and external reviewers.
  • To support the PMRT process in line with the National recommendations and the Trust PMRT SOP
  • Quarterly PMRT Reporting to the mortality surveillance group and the divisional director of midwifery

About us

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 and Perinatal Mortality Review to join the team. The post holder will be responsible for co-ordinating and managing the PMRT (Perinatal Mortality Review Tool) Review process.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Patient Care Responsibilities
  • The Lead PMRT Midwife will be an expert and have responsibility for ensuring that all eligible cases of late miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death are reviewed in line with national standards and local Maternity Risk Strategy using the MBRRACE Perinatal Mortality Review Tool, and be responsible for report writing to a high standard.
  • Ensure that the PMRT review process is implemented to meet standards set by the NHS Resolution Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts.
  • They will be responsible for working closely with the bereavement midwives to ensure all cases are identified for review and notified to MBRRACE.
  • They will maintain responsibility for the organisation of PMRT multidisciplinary review meetings, and consideration of external agencies/trusts that may need to be invited to review meetings.
  • Present cases at the multidisciplinary review meetings.
  • Undertake critical assessment of cases through PMRT review process, whilst maintaining a safety culture.
  • Build close liaisons with external agencies to ensure all information required for PMRT review is obtained.
  • Work with the bereavement midwives and consultant body to ensure that families are informed of review findings. This might be by face-to-face meetings or in writing.
  • Work closely with the Clinical Governance Midwives to ensure that learning identified from PMRT reviews is implemented into practice in a timely manner to support ongoing learning and improvement across the trust.
  • Support data analysis and audit as required relating to bereavement and pregnancy loss.
  • Engagement in review and dissemination of monthly and annual perinatal mortality reports.
  • Work closely with the Womens Health Safety Team to ensure PMRT data is shared within the division and up to trust board, including development of the quarterly perinatal mortality report and the perinatal surveillance dashboard.
  • Engage and lead on quality improvement projects to support embedding learning from PMRT.
  • Work closely with the bereavement midwives to ensure that information required from PMRT is shared with the Child Death Overview Panel.

Professional Development and Education Responsibilities
  • Complies with the regulations governing midwifery, particularly the Midwives Rules, Code of Practice, NMC Code of Practice and the Scope of Professional Conduct.
  • Proactively manage learning needs in line with service developments and promotes a commitment to personal and professional development.
  • To facilitate health professionals in their role by acting as a resource. To disseminate information and give appropriate input to educational programmes, as appropriate.
  • Practice as a reflective practitioner capable of adapting practice to meet the needs of clients, their families and the service needs.
  • To maintain and update midwifery knowledge within the guidelines laid down in the NMC Standards for Competence for Registered Midwives and The Code.
  • Take responsibility for arranging annual appraisal and developing personal and service development plans.
  • To participate as a facilitator in the training and development of students, newly qualified midwives and health care assistants/ maternity assistants in the awareness of the PMRT process.

Research and Development Responsibilities
  • To promote the implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • To contribute to research and development programmes within the different wards and departments.
  • To lead in the audit process for monitoring and reviewing quality initiatives.

Information Governance Responsibilities
  • Responsible for the accurate reporting of statistical information to MBRRACE and PMRT reports.
  • Responsible for ensuring confidentiality and safekeeping of records for regards to women and staff in line with information governance and CQC requirements.

Policy and Service Development Responsibilities
  • To participate in implementing and reviewing policies and guidelines within the multidisciplinary clinical governance framework.
  • Complies with and assists in implementing all existing Trust policies and guidelines. Guided by national pregnancy loss guidelines for Professionals issues by SANDS as well as by instructional documents produced by the Department of Health.
  • To monitor and maintain good standards of care, working towards Government and Professional bodies recommendations in relation to maternity care and pregnancy loss care.
  • To work with the Head of Midwifery, Trust Bereavement Lead and other senior midwives to ensure the Directorates responsibilities in terms of clinical governance are met.
  • To be accountable for maintaining standards and to lead in the setting and monitoring of measurable standards of care.
  • To uphold quality initiatives, improve customer care and enhance the interface between staff, patients and visitors.

Planning and Organisational Skills
  • The PMRT lead midwife may be required to assist in the development of guidelines and pathways, and will review them in relation to stillbirths, late miscarriage, medical termination and neonatal deaths.
  • Liaises on a regular basis with all members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the timely delivery of prescribed client care and produce guidelines and protocols that reflect our current practice.

Physical Skills
  • When necessary, assist in working in clinical areas across the Maternity Unit (Inpatients and Outpatients)

  • Liaises with, and communicates sensitive complex issues with, the multidisciplinary team on behalf of the clients and staff, ensuring that views are represented, and decisions are effectively communicated.
  • Regularly communicates complex, sensitive and distressing information whilst promoting respect, privacy and dignity in accordance with the Trust policies and pledges.

Leadership Responsibilities
  • The Lead PMRT midwife will ensure that PMRT is embedded at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust in line with national standards.
  • Support the Bereavement Midwives and Womens Health Safety Team in embedding a positive learning culture, and sharing learning identified from PMRT to improve care and practice at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.
  • Promote and maintain good working relationships with all the wards and departments and the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Be actively involved with any plans in relation to service development, service improvement, and the timely resolution of any on-going issues
  • Be aware of wider Trust objectives, regional and national policy and their impact on local service delivery

Person Specification



  • RM with current NMC registration
  • Educated to first degree level or evidence of specialist knowledge, underpinned by theory & experience to equivalent level
  • Change/ project management training experience.
  • Evidence of continuous personal/professional development.


  • Experience of working with multi -disciplinary teams
  • Work autonomously within guidelines and sphere of professional practice
  • Awareness of NHS systems/processes
  • Ability to maintain own statistics and provide written reports as required.



  • Work autonomously within guidelines and sphere of professional practice
  • Aware of National agenda for maternity service
  • Sound knowledgeable clinician
  • Organise & prioritise own workload
  • A sound knowledge of professional policies and procedures
  • Ability to maintain own statistics and provide written reports as required.
  • Evidence of continued learning relating to Midwifery and area of specialism.


  • Demonstrates knowledge in areas relating to Clinical Governance and Risk Management
  • Ability to undertake audits
  • Ability to work on own initiative

Personal Qualities


  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines


  • Ability to work on own initiative



  • Demonstrable understanding of PMRT
  • Experience of working with multi -disciplinary teams
  • Experience managing change/ projects

Emotional /Mental Effort


  • Able to support and deal with people in difficult and emotive situations
  • Able to provide information at short notice to relevant personnel in response to queries relating to care bundle


  • Demonstrate problem solving and decision-making skills

Employer details

Employer name

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust


Walsall Manor Hospital

Moat Road



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