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Development Consultant Midwife

Northampton General Hospital
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
This is a developmental post to prepare individuals for the role of Consultant Midwife. It provides a unique opportunity for personal, professional and service development working alongside the Consultant Midwife and the wider Midwifery and Trust leadership team.

Main duties of the job

The Developmental Consultant Midwife post will support the consultant midwife in leading expert practice across the Maternity Services.This will include providing direct clinical support and taking part in the evaluation of the services with specific attention to care in the latent phase, risk assessments, personalised care and support plans (PCSP) and educational ask of the Three-year delivery plan for maternity and neonatal services.

They will become an integral part of the birth choices service, consolidating excellent communication skills and becoming skilled at complex birth planning with birthing women and people. The successful candidate will also work with and empower senior intrapartum leads, Practice Development Midwives and managers in intrapartum areas to optimise physiology where safe and appropriate.

The successful candidate will provide leadership where required and support the leadership team in driving forward the national maternity agenda for maternity services.This will include acting as an ambassador for the Trust's maternity service, representing it as a centre of excellence internally and nationally. The successful candidate will deputise for the Consultant Midwife and be part of the senior midwife on-call rota.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Strong Midwifery Practice Act as a role model for midwives by practising midwifery skills to the highest standard, increasing your level of clinical autonomy with its associated level of responsibility through the development of knowledge, competence and analytical and judgment skills. Maintain a time commitment of 50% to practice with the emphasis on optimising physiology where safe, through personalised care across the intrapartum area, maintaining clinical excellence within the maternity service. Work collaboratively with the Consultant Midwife and Obstetricians to plan, deliver and evaluate care for birthing women and people with complex health and wellbeing needs. As your competence develops you will take greater responsibility for the care and management of birthing women/people with increasingly complex psychological and/or social needs Support the system of referral, consultation and care planning for birthing women and people with complex needs who may be declining recommended options for care. Develop the ability to use knowledge and skills of the highest order to inform practice decisions, particularly where precedents do not exist, with support where required. Inspire and support midwives to realise their full potential as autonomous practitioners within the multi-disciplinary team, supporting physiology whilst being able to recognise and act on any deviation appropriately or on women/birthing peoples preferences. Develop the confidence to lead midwives to build their confidence in evidence-based practice in order to empower them to challenge and so change practice while continuing to develop your own knowledge and expertise.

Professional Leadership and Consultancy Support the Consultant Midwife and maintain a highly visible presence. Inspire colleagues to improve standards and quality of care and to develop their professional practice. Work collaboratively with the Consultant Midwife, Director of Midwifery and Head of Midwifery supporting the development and implementation of a maternity strategy that promotes midwifery led care and supports the concept of continuity and personalisation. Develop the skills to act as a catalyst for change, influencing development of policy, practice and staff in the delivery of midwifery care to women, birthing people and families. Work collaboratively with the maternity management team to develop professional practice locally to meet the needs of the local population and support the strategic direction of the service. Support the provision of expert midwifery advice to the Divisional meetings and to the Trust Board as and when required or requested regarding Midwifery. To be aware of and actively contribute to Clinical Governance and Clinical Effectiveness issues relating to midwifery. Take part as a senior member of the team ensuring midwifery input into strategic and operational decisions and be part of the senior midwife on-call rota. Act as an ambassador for the Trust representing it internally and externally with support. Support the Consultant Midwife when in an advisory capacity on national initiatives to improve midwifery practice, for example maternal death review panels, NICE guideline development.

Education, Training and Development Will be responsible for the day to day line management of the Practice Development Team and Clinical Preceptor Support Midwife. To have oversight of but not direct line management responsibility of the Band 4 MSW Educator role. To continue own academic development by undertaking further relevant study to maintain an extensive and contemporary knowledge of midwifery, with an emphasis on midwifery and current practice. Play a key role in professional development through the identification of learning needs across the organisation, working closely with the Consultant Midwife, Director of Midwifery, Head of Midwifery, University Link Lecturers and Practice Development Team. Participate in the development, planning and implementation of the education and development programmes that meet the needs of midwives to address the national and local agenda. Develop the confidence to provide key lectures to students and graduates at the HEI and be instrumental in the development and delivery of inter-professional learning. Contribute to a supportive learning environment for students and qualified staff and to the recruitment and retention of competent, confident and motivated staff.

Practice and Service Development, Research and Evaluation Work with the Consultant Midwife, Director of Midwifery and Head of Midwifery to take forward and evaluate direction, policies, and strategies. Carry out research and development work, working collaboratively with the Trust Research and Development Team. Responsible for coordinating and supporting with current research initiatives within the maternity services, working collaboratively with the Trust Research and Development Team, and the wider MDT. Support the continuing development of personalised and safe models of care and the drive for continuity models, aimed primarily at those birthing women and people who experience the poorest outcomes in maternity. Promote and be involved in midwifery-based audit/research within the maternity service. Plan, develop and evaluate methods and processes for gathering, analysing, interpreting and presenting data and information on the maternity agenda. Support the development, implementation and evaluation of midwifery led guidelines and play a key role in the Divisional Clinical Effectiveness group.

Other Duties Undertake any other duties requested as appropriate to the banding of the post. Engender a culture of respectful relationships and cultural safety. Conduct oneself in accordance with NMC Code of Professional Conduct and Trust policies. Take responsibility for self-development through the appraisal system and complete agreed personal development plan. Participate in the Trusts clinical governance programme. Participate in the Unit on call rota

Communication Ensure all communication, which may be complex, contentious or sensitive, is undertaken in a responsive and inclusive manner, focusing on improvement and ways to move forward. Ensure all communication is presented appropriately to the different recipients, according to levels of understanding, type of communication being imparted and possible barriers such as language, culture, understanding or physical or mental health conditions.

Person Specification

Educations, Training and Qualifications


  • Registered Midwife
  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent level of education, training or experience
  • Evidence of continuing education
  • NLS/ALSO course/PROMPT
  • Masters degree or must be willing to take


  • Recognised teaching qualification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience as a Band 7 Midwife with achievements in changing clinical practice, developing staff, leadership and teaching
  • Experience in midwifery education
  • Evidence of supporting women and birthing people with complex birth planning or decision making
  • Knowledge of health policy


  • Evidence of research



  • Developing knowledge of Midwifery and safer birth agenda
  • Articulate with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Practical approach to issues
  • Knowledge of quality and audit
  • Ability to lead a team
  • Organisation and management skills
  • Ability to influence, motivate and inspire others
  • Negotiating skills and ability to resolve conflict
  • Ability to manage change
  • Team building skills
  • Computer skills
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Presentations at meetings

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Passionate and committed to bring our Dedicated to Excellence values to life, improving the way we work with each other, particularly focusing on empowerment, equality diversity and inclusion of our staff, patients and service users

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital




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