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Associate Director of Midwifery

Barts Health NHS Trust
£91,317 to £104,122 per annum inc
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced, inclusive, sensitive, and forward-thinking senior midwife seeking a challenging role? This is a unique opportunity and we are looking for a very special leader to join us as Associate Director of Midwifery at The Royal London Hospital at a critical time as we embark on a programme of cultural change.

We are proud to offer the opportunity to work in a progressive environment where we are committed to an ambitious transformation of our maternity services. We are working with the NHS England, Maternity Safety Support Programme to ensure that improvements to our services are meeting the needs of our women and birthing people, as well as our diverse workforce. The Royal London Hospital provides specialist fetal medicine, maternal medicine and abnormally adherent placenta services as the lead network provider. In order to make sustainable improvements to the services users we are looking for a credible midwifery leader, with a proven track record of compassionate leadership in a diverse environment, who can lead our services for the women and birthing people in Tower Hamlets who rely on us for their maternity care, as well as service users from across London and beyond.

We need an exceptional and visible leader with in-depth knowledge of governance and assurance mechanisms (including CQC, MIS and SBLCBv3), operational management experience of maternity services both in the community, continuity, and the hospital.

Main duties of the job

The Associate Director of Midwifery will work as a member of the Women's Divisional Leadership team chaired by the Divisional Director. The role forms part of the Quad leadership team with the Divisional Director of Operations, the Clinical Director for Obstetrics, and the Consultant Service Lead for Neonatology.

If successful in securing the role, you will support the Divisional Director of Operations (DDO) to manage the operational performance of the Division and will provide leadership cover for annual leave and other absences.

You will act as the delegated lead for safety, quality and patient experience, with responsibility for the development and application of systems, control processes and risk management arrangements that ensure full compliance with internal and external governance procedures, benchmarked against best practice requirements.

A critical part of the role is to work with divisional colleagues to develop a strategic direction which has patient experience at the centre of everything we do, embraces the skills of our workforce, and encourages effectiveness, flexibility, and positive staff morale.

Key to our vision is the development of a culture within the Division which is open to and empowers innovation, creativity and learning at ward and department level.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

We are dedicated to being an outstanding place to work and will work with you to get the best experience. We know flexible working is not a one size fits all and will mean something different to everyone. We are inclusive, so if you are interested in flexible working, please speak to the recruiting manager.

Person Specification



  • Significant experience of working as a Head of Midwifery or Deputy Head of Midwifery .
  • Evidence of managerial responsibilities & operational healthcare experience in an acute setting
  • Ability to analyse complex problems and workable solutions to address them
  • Take action based on own interpretation of broad clinical and professional policies, ability to advise divisional and site management teams on how these can be implemented.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically, tactically and creatively and to prioritise work programs in the face of competing demands
  • Ability to manage and deliver to deadlines & within resources.
  • Experience in the supervision of staff and students including HR issues
  • Experience of audit in evaluating and developing services
  • Manager on call
  • Change and quality improvement management experience
  • Experience of close multi-professional working in an inpatient environment
  • Experience of managing a budget and of managing budget holders
  • Experience of teaching undergraduates and post graduate students
  • Experience of working autonomously to lead a professional nursing group.


  • Experience of managing other professional groups
  • Experience of SLAs and contractual working



  • Experience of implementing evidence based practice
  • Be able to demonstrate effective risk assessment, audit and investigation skills
  • Presentation and teaching skills


  • To have experience of setting up a new service or changing a service



  • Good computer skills including presentation, data manipulation and spreadsheets



  • First Level Registered Midwife
  • Educated to Masters / doctorate level in a relevant healthcare subject
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development & Leadership programme
  • Evidence of Post Graduate education in specialty field
  • Evidence of ongoing, relevant postgraduate education


  • Coaching and Mentoring PGCE.
  • Root cause analysis training
  • Registered Nurse (dual trained)

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Royal London Hospital


E1 1FR

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