Deputy Head of Midwifery - QHB
University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
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University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB) has one of the largest maternity services in the UK, providing maternity care across Derbyshire and into Staffordshire.
We want to provide woman-centred, family friendly care and offer a range of models of midwifery and obstetric care provision. This includes midwife-led care, continuity of carer models, and specialist care provided by our obstetric teams for women with more complex needs, as well as community midwifery services.
The Deputy Head of Midwifery (HOM) is a senior managerial and clinical leadership post at UHDB. The primary role function is to support the Head and Director of Midwifery in providing a high level of professional support and advice to all staff working in the midwifery service. This will include having oversight of the day-to-day operational function of the services, to ensure safe, high-quality care is given to mothers and babies. There will be the need to support the wider corporate professional agenda.
In collaboration with the Head of Midwifery, the post holder will have delegated responsibility and accountability for, clinical standards, patient experience, and safe, effective service delivery across the maternity service.
Main duties of the job
The Deputy HOM will also have a key role in the transformation and development of maternity services, including the strategic vision and direction of future service provision, and the associated development of an empowered workforce that will be trained and equipped to deliver high quality, safe care in all clinical settings.
A key element of the role will be to take the service lead for all workforce management issues associated with the midwifery, nursing and maternity support worker teams. Together with the senior midwifery team, this will comprise recruitment and retention, staff development and training and overall accountability for staffing budgets and establishments.
The post holder will be a visible and professional leader of midwives, nurses and support staff. The Deputy Head of Midwifery will be a clinically credible practitioner acting as an advocate and role model, using their expert knowledge and skills to further develop and maintain a safe, high quality personalised service for women choosing UHDB for their maternity experience.
Assist the HoM in operational accountability for the Maternity & Gynaecology midwifery & nursing workforce as well as setting and delivering strategic direction for Nursing and midwifery teams. They will support by providing effective visible leadership, contributing towards the achievement of the financial forecast and delivery of contracted activity.
Closing date of applications- 24 September 2023
Interview date - 6 October 2023
At UHDB around 9,000 babies are born across our two sites each year at Royal Derby Hospital (RDH) and Queens Hospital Burton (QHB). We provide antenatal and postnatal care for 11,500 women each year and, at RDH, we offer an alongside birth centre. We support women through low and high-risk care pathways, and some specialty pathways like diabetes and cardiology.
We have staff who are kind, caring and compassionate, and who want to deliver exceptional care together for every person who needs us - and that remains our aspiration.
This is an exciting new era on our maternity improvement journey, following a £5.4million investment into our services to strengthen our workforce, our technology and our processes, so that we can further improve what we do and deliver the best quality care to women and their babies. This is a great opportunity to join UHDB and make a real impact for the women and families we care for.
As a University Trustwe value learning, teaching, and training so that we help you to be the best that you can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, and we always want to treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves.
An extensive induction package is offered to successful candidates joining our Maternity services to ensure you are well supported and have time to adjust to working within our teams.
- An inclusive and supportive culture - our Trust encourages staff to bring their whole selves to work and active Staff Networks to identify areas for improvement.
- Employee Support and wellbeing - we have a comprehensive Employee Health & Wellbeing Programme which includes a counselling service and a range of activities.
- Staff benefits - We have a range of staff benefits and schemes to support staff health, engagement, wellbeing and inclusion.
Details of UHDB sites
We have three wards across two sites, with a total of 88 beds for antenatal, postnatal and induction of labour.
At Royal Derby Hospital there are:
- 17 delivery rooms including one pool room and bereavement suite.
- Four bedded Midwife led birth centre.
- Four bedded Obstetric Enhanced Care area and a two bedded assessment bay
Queens Hospital Burton has seven delivery rooms including one pool room and one bereavement suite.
Samuel Johnson Community Hospital is currently does not provide intrapartum care but runs as a community midwifery hub.
Where we are now:
We are focused on making progress in achieving compliance with the immediate and essential actions from Ockenden recommendations, as well as implementing valuable learning from recent external reviews and reports into the service.
We want to:
- Be fully compliant against all national safety measures.
- Embed recommended changes from recent reviews of our service.
- Make sure we communicate well with families, so that every woman feels properly listened to and that we act on their feedback.
- Create the best possible environment at work for our teams to do their job.
- Do the things we have said we will do, including how we make sure we have learned and made changes when something has not gone well.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).