Skip to main content

This job has expired

Diabetic Specialist Lead Midwife

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
Dartford, Kent
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum
Closing date
5 Jul 2024

View more

Nurse, Midwife
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Diabetic Specialist Lead Midwife will be an integral part of the service supporting the diabetes in pregnancy, birth and the postnatal safety initiatives. This includes leading a culture of individualised care that promotes a safe and positive pregnancy and birth experience.

The successful post holder will provide direct maternity care to service users who have pre-existing diabetes or a diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM), in conjunction with the Obstetricians, Diabetes consultants, Diabetic Specialist Nurses, Dietician and wider multidisciplinary teams (MDT).

The post holder will actively participate in the development of services to meet the needs of service users with diabetes, in line with local and National Guidance.

This role also incorporates training and education for healthcare professionals in the management and care of women with diabetes in pregnancy.

The post holder will work as a lead specialist midwife to facilitate high quality, effective, holistic and supportive pregnancy care for women who have pre-existing diabetes or a diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM)

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a DGT champion for women/birthing people who have pre-existing diabetes or a diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) and the expectation is that the post holder will be responsible for promoting good quality midwifery/ obstetric led interventions, which aim to improve outcomes for all women/birthing people with diabetes before, during, and after pregnancy.

Co-ordinate and facilitate the maternity diabetes service within the directorate working with the obstetricians, endocrine consultants, diabetes specialist nurse, dieticians and other members of the maternity diabetic team.

Develop and establish a midwife led pathway of care for women with gestational diabetes, including those who need to start insulin, from diagnosis to delivery.

Maintain a high profile in the clinical areas and to be accessible to women and their families.

Act as a resource for all staff involved in maternity care, midwives, student midwives and maternity support workers. Providing evidence-based advice, support and information with regards to diabetes in pregnancy and childbirth.

Identify areas for research, audit and development relevant to midwifery and diabetes. Initiate and participate in research and clinical audit programmes and encourage other midwives to do the same.

Work alongside the Saving Babies Lives (SBL) Team and lead on key elements pertaining to the care of women with existing or newly diagnosed gestational diabetes.

About us

We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer. We strive to employ people who reflect the communities we serve, and aim to create an inclusive culture where everyone can reach their full potential. Whatever your race, ethnicity, belief, generation, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, disability or experience, you'll appreciate the opportunities we give you to work in an inclusive atmosphere. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to build on the progress we've achieved to make our Trust diverse and the best place to work. We celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that help us overcome challenges and embrace new possibilities.

If you are considering applying for a role, please be aware that as an NHS Employee you may have contact with vulnerable service users. We strongly encourage that all of our staff are double vaccinated against COVID-19 and are vaccinated annually against Flu, in order to protect the health and safety of our staff and our patients. Your commitment will help us to put the safety and care of our patients first, as well as helping us to protect you and your colleagues.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Fulfil the role of a midwife as defined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Midwifery Rules and Code of Practice and reflect the Trust's guidelines, policies and standards of practice.

To provide clinical and professional leadership and to act as a credible and professional role model and encourage and empower staff to develop personally and professionally to achieve their maximum potential.

Act as an autonomous practitioner and appropriately provide highly specialised advice and support to women withpre-existing diabetes or a diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM), their families and other health care professionals.

To support antenatal clinics, midwife led clinics and manage own case-load and departmental caseload effectively.

Be available as an expert in caring for women withpre-existing diabetes or a diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) for midwives and doctors to ensure care provided within the Trust is effective and evidenced based to support safe practice.

To maintain effective communication and working relationships within the team and between the team and other health care professionals.

To actively foster strong links with other clinical areas and support agencies.

To actively participate in local and national audits.

Monitor and evaluate clinical standards within the department, ensuring that clinical practices are evidence-based and bench marked against best practice locally, regionally and nationally.

Person Specification

Education and Training


  • Registered Midwife
  • Degree level or equivalent experience
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Teaching qualification
  • Master level degree or equivalent experience
  • Leadership/Management qualification
  • Non-Medical Prescriber
  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Qualification

Knowledge and Skills


  • Understanding of wider NHS agenda and drivers for change
  • Knowledge of clinical governance processes
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Able to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Effective time management for self and others
  • Knowledge of recent midwifery research and clinical audit
  • Able to work autonomously or as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure
  • Ability to undertake audit
  • Ability to develop policies and guidelines
  • IT literate


  • CQI foundation skills
  • CQI Practitioner
  • Expertise in Maternal Medicine / equivalent experience
  • Proven practice and service development skills



  • Significant comprehensive midwifery experience
  • Recent labour/antenatal ward/ triage experience
  • Experience in all areas of midwifery with particular emphasis on recent intrapartum work


  • Previous experience as a Team Leader/Band 7 specialist role
  • Ability to apply research to practice and to support changes in practice
  • Managing a team

Personal Attributes


  • Enthusiastic
  • Calm
  • Supportive

Employer details

Employer name

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust


Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

Darenth Wood Road

Dartford, Kent


Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert