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Lead Midwife For Continuity Of Carer

Band 8a

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Lead Midwife
Band 8a
Fixed term: 2 years
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Royal Derby Hospital
£45,753 - £51,668 pa
Salary period
24/06/2021 23:59
Interview date

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together.

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

With over 13,000 members of staff you can expect huge variety and new opportunities every day! Our staff go above and beyond and take pride in caring for our patients.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

As a Trust we promote an inclusive environment and welcome applications from a diverse pool of talent and backgrounds.  All individuals are valued and given every opportunity to succeed based on merit.

The Trust actively encourages applications from members of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, and it’s important to us that our workforce reflects the diversity of our communities as much as possible.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

Job overview

UHDB are looking for an experienced leader who is passionate about Continuity Of Carer and implementing this innovative way of working.

Currently University Hospitals of Derby and Burton have three CoC teams with the roll out of three more planned for this year as we make steady progress. This organisation recognises that a Lead Midwife for CoC will ensure that this maternity transformation continues on its journey and CoC becomes the pathway for all women here. 

This is a fixed term role for 2 years

Main duties of the job

The role will involve working with the MDT, HR, finance, senior leadership team and governance team to strategise and implement further teams ensuring that Continuity Of Carer is embedded and sustainable at UHDB.
Data collection locally and nationally will be an important part of this role to reflect the position of UHDB.
Derbyshire and Staffordshire LMNS Transformation Programme Managers and MVPs will work closely with the successful candidate as we steadily progress with a care pathway that holds the woman and family at the heart. Our inhouse transformation team will also be providing project management support.
Strong leadership skills and evidence of change management success will be essential to this role. The postholder will join the Senior Maternity team therefore an experienced Midwife, who acts as a professional role model with expert knowledge of Continuity Of Carer is sought.

Working for our organisation

Key facts about our Trust:

  • Every day our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients
  • We see more Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients than any other Trust – over 3,300 per week
  • An average 860 patients are seen in A&E every day – the 6th largest in the country
  • Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients every day
  • We carry out more planned surgical operations than any other Trust in England with almost 50,000 operations taking place in our 52 operating theatres
  • We are one of only 5 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres
  • We carry out more than 300 elective procedures each working day
  • We employ 12,000 staff across our 5 hospital sites
  • We have a Director of Allied Health Professionals who is committed to provide leadership, progression and direction to AHPs

Closing date of applications: 24th June 2021

Interview date: 8th July 2021

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Under the guidance, supervision and direction of the Head Of Midwifery the post-holder is the Lead Midwife for Continuity Of Carer ensuring that this is implemented, measured and monitor within maternity services at UHDB. Continuity Of carer forms a key part of Better Births, the report of the National Maternity Review which set out a vision for maternity services in England which are safe and personalised: that put the needs of the women, her baby and family at the heart of care: with staff who are supported to deliver high quality care which is continuously improving.


Responsibility for Performance, Financial and Physical Resources

  • Develop effective ways of working and create strong partnerships and relationships with all stakeholders to support the implementation of Continuity Of Carer
  • Proactively and positively contribute to the successful overall performance of the Trust.
  • Deliver excellent levels of customer service to all patients/visitors and staff at the Trust.
  • Act as an advocate for the Trust and its contribution to the Health Service arena through creating and maintaining effective partnerships and relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the Trust through providing representative team input and your understanding and knowledge of the health service arena; including current and future focus.
  • Support Trust Directors and CEO to make the Trust’s contribution & performance visible to key internal and external stakeholders and gain their support.
  • Develop an annual business plan, forecast and budget for the Trust area you manage and deliver agreed targets within these parameters.
  • Contribute to the development of the Trust knowledge & skill base through helping to identify the development of current staff, the early identification of necessary skills & knowledge and supporting staff to develop in line with these needs.
  • Work closely with other managers to ensure an integrated approach to Trust service provision.
  • Measure, monitor, report , interpret and present data for Continuity Of carer data collection. This will be internally and externally
  • Works in partnership with general managers, finance, HR and Information analysts/support colleagues to ensure the safe and effective management and leadership of the teams and services.
  • Ensure that staff for which they are responsible are trained and competent in the use of all equipment. Ensures accurate records are maintained.
  • The post holder will ensure that all equipment in their wards, departments and Services are well maintained and cleaned in accordance with relevant professional and corporate standards. Ensures accurate records are maintained.
  • Responsible for working with midwives and others to develop business proposals for new and replacement equipment/resources.
  • Responsible for overseeing and contributing to effective risk assessment and management within area of responsibility.
  • Ensures that all staff practice in accordance with statutory and corporate policies, protocols, procedures and guidelines including those specific to infection prevention and control.

Professional Leadership and Human Resources Management

  • Ensures self and others practice in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s. “The Code – standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives – 2008” (or any other successor arrangements).
  • As an ambassador of the Midwifery profession, ensures self and others present and practice to the highest professional standards.
  • Responsible for leading midwifery and support staff and for ensuring that each practices in accordance with his/her role, job description and professional parameters.
  • Ensures that training needs are assessed and supported for all Midwives
  • Participates in skill mix review, workforce redesign and recruitment and retention to develop and meet the ask of Continuity Of Carer in conjunction with Head of Midwifery.

Responsibility for Patient Care, Safety and Clinical Quality

  • Accountable for ensuring the appropriate and effective development, delivery and monitoring of patient care and service across the Continuity Of Carer pathway .
  • Oversees and monitors the quality of maternity care in accordance with relevant professional standards.
  • As a Senior Leader in Midwifery maintains a professional, visible and authoritative presence.
  • Ensures that self and others respond to the concerns of patients and their families/significant others in appropriate and timely manner.
  • Where possible, takes every reasonable effort to prevent problems, concerns and complaints from escalating unnecessarily.
  • Responsible for continuing to strive for improvements to patient care.
  • Responsible for ensuring care delivery is evidence based where possible.
  • Participates in clinical audit and promotes/identifies research activity/opportunities.

Policy and Strategic Service Development

  • Participates with service/speciality teams / stakeholders including primary care and LMNS in the development of policy, processes and business plans at business unit/service line level to advance Continuity Of Carer within UHDB
  • Represents and provides Midwifery expertise and advice to business and operational discussions, meetings and forums.
  • Responsible for recognising service requirements and ensuring these are communicated to the service/speciality teams and Head of Midwifery.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NMC registration
Desirable criteria
  • Higher level degree or masters degree

Experience and skills

Essential criteria
  • Experience as band 7 Midwife
  • Experience in a Continuity Of Carer role
Desirable criteria
  • Demonstrable experience in a change management role
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Lorraine Purcell
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Head Of Midwifery
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