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Diabetic Specialist Midwife

The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum/pro rata/incl HCAS
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
The successful post holder will work closely with the Diabetic Specialist Lead Midwife and other team members to provide a high standard of personalised and evidence based care to women/birthing people with diabetes throughout pregnancy and beyond.

Key working relationships will include the midwifery, obstetric, endocrine and nursing teams alongside other supportive and allied healthcare professionals and organisations.

Key components of the role are the running of diabetic specialist clinics, education for both staff and women/birthing people to support positive pregnancy experiences and care planning for pregnancy, labour and birth.

You can expect a warm welcome at Hillingdon from our established and friendly multidisciplinary team. In addition, we pride ourselves on the way we support and nurture our colleagues and how we value progression for all of our midwives and support staff. We are passionate about supporting all those who work in the maternity department to fulfil their ambitions and achieve safe, high quality standards of care. The post holder will receive a full orientation to the team and access to ongoing development on successful appointment.

We are committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff.

Main duties of the job

The Band 6 Diabetic Specialist Midwife will be an integral part of the service to support the Band 7 Lead and the team in driving forward the safety initiatives and supporting a culture of individualised care that promotes a safe and positive pregnancy and birth experience.

The post holder will be passionate in working with women and birthing people with diabetes, providing direct maternity care to these women in conjunction with the Band 7 Diabetes Specialist Midwife and wider multidisciplinary teams (MDT).

The post holder will provide clinical expertise Midwives and Maternity Support Workers within Maternity Services. They will work with the Lead Diabetes Specialist Midwife in providing specialist advice and support to the clinical teams so that diabetes pathways and systems are in line with the National standards.

The post holder will work autonomously and within a team. This role also incorporates training and education of the healthcare professionals in the management and care of women with Diabetes in Pregnancy.

The post holder will undertake the key functions of the band 6 role, ensuring the women's and birthing people's experience is always of a high standard, with particular emphasis on the provision of dignified and compassionate care.

The post holder will also maintain a clinical component to their role.

About us

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the only acute Hospital in the London Borough of Hillingdon and offers a wide range of services including accident and emergency, inpatient care, day surgery, outpatient clinics and maternity services. The Trust's services at Mount Vernon Hospital include routine day surgery, delivered at a modern treatment centre, a minor injuries unit and outpatient clinics.

The safety and well-being of our patients and of our staff is paramount and we are making urgent improvements to address this - particularly in infection prevention and control. We are making progress and going forward by working in partnership with local GPs, charities,community services, academic partners, our local authority, neighbouring hospitals and the wider North West London Integrated care system, and ensuring that we listen and work in partnership with our local population. We are absolutely focused on ensuring that our hospitalsprovide high quality, safe and compassionate care, while drive forward the building of the new Hillingdon Hospital.

We have over 3,500 members of staff that are proud to care for nearly half a million people, with a vision to be an outstanding provider of healthcare through leading health and academic partnerships, transforming services, to provide the best care where needed.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Band 6 Diabetic Specialist Midwife will be responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating a programme of evidence-based care for pregnant women with diabetes.

To facilitate prompt early referral of women with pre-existing diabetes or gestational diabetes to ensure correct medication and investigations and monitoring is implemented.

Identify, plan and provide individualized care to all women and their families, overcoming complex barriers to understanding by using well developed interpersonal skills. To be a competent midwife, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, who is a knowledgeable and a visible practitioner within the specialty.

Improve the quality and continuity of individualized midwifery care and support for pregnant women with diabetes.

To work as an independent practitioner within the MDT

To act as an advocate for the women with diabetes and their family ensuring the provision of appropriate information and planning, support services and to promote a culture of normality in childbirth.

To demonstrate knowledge of and practice in the use of treatment regimens during pregnancy, labour and the immediate post-natal period

To teach women the skills necessary for home blood glucose monitoring and self-administration of insulin

To work as an independent non-medical prescriber, undertaking the relevant educational courses to work autonomously to adjust insulin doses.

To ensure every woman with diabetes has a robust care plan in place before onset of labour.

To provide continued support and advice for women with diabetes in the postnatal period. Identifying those that require advice to optimize glycaemic control and ensuring follow up or further screening.

To be confident when recommending pre-conception services for women with diabetes.

To keep up to date with the current guidelines relating to all aspects of ante-natal, post-natal and diabetes care.

To be able to plan a working day prioritising specific needs of the women both antenatal and postnatally.

Have a general understanding of the lead MWs role to ensure the service is well maintained in times of absence.

Knowledge/awareness of latest National guidance and reports published in relation to diabetes in pregnancy and improving service care provision and outcomes e.g Saving babies lives, Maternity Transformation programme/better births and NICE guidance on Continuous Glucose monitoring for pre-existing Type 1 Diabetics.

Person Specification



  • Registered Practicing Midwife
  • Professional training/learning relevant to role which demonstrates continuing professional development
  • First Degree or equivalent level of experience working in a midwifery role
  • Completion of recognised midwifery training programme
  • Understanding of research-based practice and its application to maternity
  • Broad range of clinical midwifery experience acquired through significant practice in a variety of settings
  • Experience of working with Diabetic birthing people

Employer details

Employer name

The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Hillingdon Hospital



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