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Band 8a Lead Midwife Equality and Inclusion

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Significant inequalities in maternity outcomes persist in the UK, for Women from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups experiencing particular disadvantage. Determinants of health inequalities amongst Black, Asian and minority ethnic women are multifactorial. However, there is evidence that current service provision contributes importantly to adverse outcomes in this group of people.

A number of barriers can be identified that undermine timely access to high quality care for many Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, with still birth rates twice those of their white counterparts and a 45% higher neonatal death rate.

The diversity, Equality and Inclusion lead will assess the training needs of staff so that conversations around race and culture are sensitive and meet the needs of the communities we serve.

The lead will work alongside culturally diverse and vulnerable groups to dispel perceptions and provide assurance that safe, quality care will be provided in maternity services and ensure any barriers that prohibit women and their families accessing such care are removed.

In this position a lead role will also be taken in relation to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, developing an EDI framework and approach to support the Trust's commitment to foster an inclusive working environment that promotes equality of opportunity and diversity for all staff members, patients and their families.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:

Provide a service that women and families from culturally diverse and vulnerable backgrounds can access to reduce the risk of perinatal morbidity and mortality.

Provide training to staff, and institutions around cultural awareness, tackling difficult conversations.

Provide assurance that in line with saving babies lives there will be a concerted effort to reduce morbidity and mortality.

In conjunction with community, religious leaders, MVP's LMNS ensure advocacy for women.

Ensure there is a clear vision with specific goals to support and that a Framework is in place to monitor and evaluate the framework to ensure that it remains aligned with the Trust's values and is consistent with wider NHS expectations.

Be the subject matter expert and will provide specialist guidance as required.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • *Midwife NMC Registered
  • *Evidence of post registration professional knowledge acquired through Diploma / Degree or above supplemented by specialist training or equivalent experience to masters level equivalent
  • *Evidence of recent post-graduate / qualification professional development (


  • *Evidence of accredited management / leadership training or evidence of practical application of expertise at this level
  • *Teaching and assessing qualification



  • *A proven track record of operational service management at a Band 7(or equivalent) or above, in an acute NHS provider healthcare setting manging a ward / service/ department. Including staff, financial/budgetary and change management.
  • *Experienced operational service manager familiar with managing / delivering patient services within acute patient services (scheduled and unscheduled care provider)
  • *Proven ability to analyse complex problems develop and implement practical/cost effective sustainable solutions to address them. Incorporating the Trust values.
  • *Is able to articulate a clear understanding of current issues in clinical practice related to the role/ speciality applied for and is able to apply National and Trust Policy to practice
  • *Ability to think and plan strategically and tactically, whilst prioritising workloads in complex challenging and competitive environment.
  • *Demonstrate a strong sense of personal and collective accountability, with a precise understanding of boundaries around delegated authority.
  • *The ability to collaborate constructively, with internal and external stakeholders. Creating an environment and culture for successful Partnership Working.
  • *Ability to understand how innovation and research, can impact on (1) patient care and experience (2) workforce recruitment and retention (3) Trust finances and reputation.
  • *Experienced in the investigation and production of reports / action plans for clinical and human resource related incidents / professional issues.
  • *A good understanding of the NHS changing environment e.g., current concerns, initiatives and can relate this to the role applied for Current professional and health service priorities
  • *Working knowledge of CQC Standards Can demonstrate an understanding of: -
  • *Safeguarding
  • *Equality and Diversity
  • *Data Protection Act
  • *Workforce planning


  • *Experience of planning and implementing service developments
  • *Business planning
  • *Ergonomics (Human Factor)

Additional Criteria


  • *Demonstrate experience of high-level communication
  • *Proactive, takes own initiative.
  • *Excellent time management
  • *Highly developed skills of persuasion, motivational, negotiating and communication.
  • *Ability to autonomously, prioritise workloads and stay calm under pressure of changing work demands.
  • *Resilience
  • *Innovative and responsive to change.
  • *Tactful, diplomatic and at ease with all kinds of people
  • *Strong sense of commitment to openness, honesty and integrity in undertaking the role
  • *Ability to work flexibly and where necessary outside of core working hours.
  • *Ability to work at any site premises and travel within the UK on Trust business.
  • *Ability to participate in a managers/ service on call rota as part of the Trusts out of hours management provision as required .


  • *Car driver

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Heartlands Hospital

Bordesley Green E


West Midlands

B9 5SS

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