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Deputy Director of Midwifery

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
We have a fantastic opportunity for Deputy Director of Midwifery at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust. We operate across two acute sites at Colchester and Ipswich, a standalone Birthing Unit at Clacton, which has recently had excellent feedback from a CQC inspection, along with our community midwifery teams across East Suffolk and North Essex

As a Deputy Director of Midwifery, you will be reporting to the Director of Midwifery and working in partnership with the Divisional Management Team, Clinical Director and Clinical Leads on both sites.

You will be a key member of our speciality management team providing operational and clinical leadership to ensure the women, pregnant people and staff are safe, cared for and listened to.

We are looking for a kind, innovative and compassionate leader with exceptional communication skills. Someone who is highly experienced in leading midwifery teams to delivering improvements in clinical practice. Someone who keeps women and pregnant people at the centre of everything they do, who drives and role models high levels of professionalism within large teams and can contribute towards the Trust quality objectives. If this describes you, we would love to hear from you.

To arrange an informal visit or to request further information, please contact Anna Lamburne,, mobile: 07922 420402.

Please note this is band 8d post subject to confirmation.

Main duties of the job

The Deputy Director of Midwifery is also responsible and accountable to the Director of Midwifery:
  • For the day to day operational delivery of maternity services across both sites.
  • For the continuous improvement of clinical services, safety and experience for all women, pregnant people and their families, using maternity services.
  • Along with the Associate Director of Nursing responsible to neonates, be accountable for the delivery and monitoring of NHS England's Three Year Delivery Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Services
  • Working with the Quality, Safety and Governance Lead Midwife ensuring robust governance process are in place and monitored, to deliver the highest standards of safety within maternity services. To include the delivery of the Maternity Incentive Schemes', ten safety actions.
  • For ensuring the implementation of national and Trust initiatives in a timely and responsive manner.
  • Accountable for the delivery and monitoring of robust infection control measures through relentless vigilance and by ensuring delivery of all aspects of the Infection Control Strategy
  • Determine the strategic implementation of safeguarding children and other regulatory and statutory compliance areas.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Registered Midwife (currently practicing)
  • Master's Degree
  • Demonstrable personal professional development


  • Management Leadership Qualification, which has been tested in a management post



  • Proven experience of leading strategic/cross Trust changes
  • Evidence of effective working relationships both inside and outside the organisation
  • Proven experience of the current health policy and its impact on the management and development of acute health services
  • Significant experience of effective budgetary management
  • Significant experience and knowledge of the business planning process.
  • A proven record of success in managing significant operational change while also developing and maintaining high standards of care
  • Experience of analysing and making judgements involving situations where there are a number of conflicting issues, and where there is no obvious outcome - some of which be conflicting
  • Public speaking and presentation skills
  • Clear and thorough knowledge of midwifery issues, including statutory frameworks and national policies


  • Experience of participating and presenting at Sub and Trust Board level
  • Experience at HoM level

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust



Turner Road



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