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Head of Midwifery

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
9 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will provide forward-thinking visible clinical and professional leadership to midwifery staff at all levels within the Division. They will be responsible for ensuring optimum standards of care are met through effective management of the midwifery resource. She/he will provide expert advice within maternity services and in the absence of the Director of Midwifery to the ACW ICSU Operational Director, ACW ICSU Clinical Director and Chief Nurse regarding professional midwifery issues.

Promoting the profession, she/he will support the Director of Midwifery in the ongoing implementation of the nursing and midwifery strategy, ensuring achievement of its objectives and proactively modernising maternity care in accordance with the needs of patients in partnership with the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG's), national directives and user representatives.

She/he will also undertake the key functions of the Matron role ensuring the patient experience in wards/departments is of the highest possible standard at all times with particular emphasis on dignity and compassion.

The post holder will be a member of the ACW ICSU Management Team supporting the Director of Midwifery and the ICSU Clinical Director and ICSU Director of Operations in developing the ICSU's strategic direction and policy framework. They will contribute to service and business planning and workforce development within maternity services.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will ensure all statutory requirements are met and that all midwifery practice is consistent with the NMC rules and standards and codes of practice. This post holder will, on occasions, act for the Director of Midwifery at the Board. As one of a small cadre of very senior Whittington midwives, the post holder will be required to perform professional corporate functions and represent Whittington externally as required by the Director of Operations, Director of Midwifery or Chief Nurse/Deputy Chief Nurse.

The post holder will be expected to lead on Programmes of Care workstream for maternity services: antenatal care, postnatal care community and labour ward to improve patient pathways, patient experience and efficiency.

The post holder will be expected to lead and have direct responsibility for Maternity triage.

Alongside the obstetric lead, the post holder will be required to take the lead midwifery role on governance and complaints ensuring that the governance process and the management of complaints within maternity services are robust and submitted on time.

The post holder will be expected to have a key role in the implementation of the current midwifery workforce restructure work.

The post holder will be expected to lead on the implementation of the CQC recommendations.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are looking for someone who demonstrates a highly visible, compassionate and democratic leadership style which is underpinned by the Whittington Health ICARE values, and available to respond to mothers, relatives and the public by maintaining open and honest communication channels.

Please refer to the Job description and Person Specification for detailed information.

Person Specification



  • First level registered midwife
  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent.
  • Leadership Qualification



  • Able to prioritise objectives and workload
  • Organisational skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Human Resource skills
  • Clinical risk management techniques and skills
  • Clinical Governance and Risk Management
  • Business planning Skills and Workforce planning
  • Quality assurance and improvement
  • Developing policies and protocols
  • Understands the implications of Equal Opportunities in practice
  • Data collection and interpretation as required
  • Managing a range of staff groups
  • Able to participate in on Call rota
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to influence colleagues at a range of levels internally and externally
  • Budgetary management skills



  • Significant experience in a midwifery leadership role at senior level (matron or equivalent) in a large and complex organisation.
  • Demonstrates experience of negotiating and presenting cohesive arguments

Employer details

Employer name

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


Whittington Hospital

Magdala Avenue


N19 5NF

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