Head of Midwifery

Posted 7 March by Your World Healthcare

Head of Midwifery

Location: Chertsey, Surrey

Department: Women’s Health & Paediatrics

Personally Accountable to: Chief Nurse

Type of role: Interim

Duration of the role: This is an interim role expected to be for 3 to 6 months and maybe longer

Band: 8C / D Depending on skill and experience

Pay Rate: £34.00 to £42.00 per hour paye plus holiday or £39.10 to £48.30 per hour umbrella (daily = £255 to £315 paye per day or £293.25 to £362.25 umb per day) Plus note the client maybe open to discussion on the pay rate.

Working days and Hours: Monday to Friday, full time 37.5 hours per week

The Head of Midwifery, in conjunction with the Divisional Director and Divisional Associate Director of Operations will:

  • Lead the operational and strategic direction of maternity services in the Trust
  • Advise the Trust Board via the Chief Nurse on all aspects of midwifery practice and Statutory Supervision of Midwifery
  • Represent the Trust on all midwifery issues both internally and externally
  • Provide high level professional and operational support for midwifery across the wider Trust and support the successful achievement of the Trust vision
  • Lead with the delivery of excellent quality midwifery care providing expert advice to the Trust and Division on all midwifery matters
  • In collaboration with the Divisional Director and Divisional Associate Director of Operations Lead the Clinical Governance Assurance Framework and ensure the quality of care within the division; patient experience, patient safety and clinical effectiveness is of the highest standard, meeting national and local outcomes and achievement of agreed CQUIN payments
  • Ensure the Integrated Clinical Governance Assurance Framework is embedded within the Division
  • Integrate corporate midwifery plans with the Divisional clinical service plans. Work with senior nurses across the Trust to evolve and develop predictive/early warning clinical quality dashboards that enable targeted intervention
  • Ensure the midwifery agenda is delivered by providing leadership and professional management of Matrons, Nurse Consultants, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Clinical Practice Educators and all midwives and nurses within the Directorate
  • Lead the work to strengthen and optimise the role of the ward sister both within the Division but also across the Trust
  • Lead on NHSLA CNST Standards for Maternity Services
  • Ensure the Care Quality Commission (CQC) Registration Standards are achieved and exceeded
  • Lead on the improvement and sustainment of patient safety across the Division with a focus on minimising risk
  • Lead midwifery innovation, use of technology and quality improvement initiatives to meet the changing needs of patients and users of the service
  • Manage the midwifery budget and ensure the midwifery resource is used effectively, contributing to continuous improvement, increased productivity and realisation of benefits both in financial cost improvement savings and in resource terms
  • Contribute to the delivery of agreed corporate schemes

Qualifications and Further Training

  • Must be an NMC Registered Midwife (RM) and Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Must be a Supervisor of Midwives
  • Management qualification at diploma level
  • BSc in Healthcare or equivalent
  • Mentorship/ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Evidence of recent clinical update
  • Master’s Degree


  • Recent senior Midwifery operational role at Grade 8B or above in an acute setting
  • Proven Experience of leading clinical teams and professional agendas
  • Proven Experience of leading corporate wide/cross boundary projects
  • Proven Experience of budgetary/financial management
  • Proven experience of managing the Governance agenda for maternity services
  • Proven track record in improving patient experience and gaining patient/public views
  • Previous experience of budgetary management/accountability
  • Experience of chairing multi-disciplinary meetings

Required skills

  • Clinical Governance
  • Quality Of Care
  • Clinical Quality
  • Sustainment
  • Midwifery

Application questions

Proven Experience of leading corporate wide/cross boundary projects?
Previous experience of budgetary management/accountability?
Management qualification at diploma level?
Are you NMC Registered Midwife (RM) and Registered Nurse?
Do you have proven track record in improving patient experience and gaining patient/public views?

Reference: 34628707

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