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Band 7 - Practice Development Midwife - WACS

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 a year inc HCA
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 7
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 Practice Development Midwife (PDM) to join our team.

As a PDM you will be responsible for advancing and enhancing the quality of care within Maternity.

The role involves designing, implementing, and evaluating educational and developmental programmes for midwives and other healthcare professionals to improve clinical practices and patient outcomes.

The PDM team plays a vital role in advancing the knowledge, skills, and practices of midwives, ultimately improving the quality of care provided to service users and their families

Full-time and part time positions are available. Flexible working applications are welcome.

Main duties of the job

Some of the main duties of the job include:

Develop curriculum, training materials, and resources to enhance clinical skills and knowledge.

Stay updated on the latest evidence-based practices in midwifery.

Develop and update clinical guidelines and standards to ensure adherence to best practices.

Conduct training sessions and workshops for midwives to improve their clinical competencies.

Provide ongoing professional development opportunities to enhance the skills of the maternity care team.

Collaborate with healthcare teams to identify areas for improvement in maternity care

Implement quality improvement initiatives to enhance patient safety and satisfaction.

Engage in research activities to contribute to the advancement of midwifery practices.

Integrate innovative approaches and technologies into clinical care as appropriate.

Provide mentorship and support to midwives, fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

Address challenges and concerns related to clinical practices through guidance and coaching.

Work closely the lead midwife for education, education team members and other healthcare professionals, including obstetricians, nurses, and administrators.

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are planned as part of the New Hospital Programme. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We are a flexible working employer

At West Herts we recognise the importance of a good work life balance and the ability to work flexibly. We are delighted to offer a variety of flexible working options for all staff. Please check out our web page for more information.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Collaborate with external organisations and institutions to share best practices and promote collaborative learning

Analyse data related to clinical outcomes and performance metrics.

Prepare and present reports to highlight achievements and areas for improvement.

Develop educational materials for expectant mothers and their families.

Ensure that patients are well-informed about their care and have a positive birthing experience.

Ensure compliance with regulatory standards and guidelines

Communicate the outcome of training needs analysis, CPD planning and aspects of programme enrolment to staff.

Organise, plan and implementing Maternity Education Training to MDT

Promote continuous professional development for staff and be able to signpost to relevant staff/agencies as required

Support delivery of onboarding of new starters and provide efficient and effective inductions, liaising with the lead midwife for recruitment/ recruitment and onboarding team

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • Registered Midwife with a UK NMC Pin
  • SSSA/Mentorship qualification
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • PGCert



  • Knowledge of educational standards and practice
  • Understanding of the principles of teaching and learning and their application within the practice setting


  • Understanding and knowledge of curriculum design and development
  • Awareness of MIS/ Core competency framework and other local, regional and national initiatives
  • Knowledge of a variety of teaching methods



  • Substantial post registration experience, with evidence of working in all areas of maternity


  • Experience teaching in variety of settings
  • Able to present articulately to large groups of people

Skills and ability


  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal & communication skills
  • Proficient in venepuncture, cannulation, perineal suturing and episiotomy
  • Ability to give effective feedback and feedforward to maternity staff
  • Able to assess competence and level of understanding.
  • Demonstrates leadership skills.
  • Demonstrates understanding of PDM role and able to recognise when to escalate to PDM Lead
  • Ability to co-ordinate & liaise within a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to prioritise workload
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer care skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • IT/Computer literate

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Watford General Hospital

Watford General Hospital


WD18 0HB

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