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Deputy Director of Midwifery and Head of Nursing - Band 8b

Job Reference: 339-SEM0095

North Bristol NHS Trust
Southmead, Bristol
£49,242 – £59,964 per annum

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Please note that this job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. So if you are interested, please apply for this vacancy as soon as you can.

Are you highly motivated, energised and dynamic and looking to make a real difference to patient and staff experience? Are you able to inspire and motivate teams?

We are seeking an exceptional, inspirational, dynamic and highly experienced senior midwife whose role as Deputy Director of Midwifery/Head of Nursing is key to maintaining strong professional oversight and governance which is pivotal to the quality and safety of our service to support good clinical outcomes and patient and staff experience.

If you have a passion for providing high quality care and you are an experienced senior midwife looking for an opportunity to lead midwifery and nursing care within the framework of the national maternity and nursing agenda then we would welcome your talents and skills.

As the Deputy Director of Midwifery/Head of Nursing, you will have uncompromising professional standards and be responsible for maintaining safety, quality and improvement of the care given to women and their families. Delivery of excellence in patient care, service improvement and midwifery and nursing workforce development are key priorities for this role, ensuring the continuous improvement of the patient and service user experience.


    • You will be an important member of the senior management team within the Division of Women and Children’s Health, working closely with the Director of Midwifery/Head of Nursing to provide leadership to a dedicated team of Matrons, midwives, nurses and support staff, working collaboratively with the Consultant team to implement changes in practice in line with national guidance.
    • You will take on responsibility for aspects of both the strategic planning and operational management of the service, supporting the Director of Midwifery/Head of Nursing in a wide portfolio of duties and projects (for example) managing complaints, leading staff engagement, co-ordinating recruitment activity and you will be a strategic thinker with the vision to develop new roles and recruitment and retention initiatives as part of our challenging workforce agenda.
    • You will have excellent communication skills along with visible, dynamic and inspirational leadership enabling the midwifery and nursing workforce to deliver safe and high quality standards of care.
    • You will be a true advocate of the development of service and are required to both drive and promote continuous improvement
    • You will lead and support the team within the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Local Maternity System in line with the Better Births recommendations which includes the planning and delivery of models of midwifery care, creating new ways of working with innovation to improve outcomes, support service development and quality improvement.

We can promise you a challenging and diverse role that will both stretch and develop you, and your professional development will be strongly encouraged and supported

About us.

The service at North Bristol Trust is based at Southmead Hospital and provides a full range of obstetric and gynaecological services for women who live in the catchment of BNSSG. The maternity department is one of the largest in the country, was awarded ‘Good’ by the CQC and has more than 6,300 births each year offering women the choice of 4 places of birth. These include a 15 bed Consultant led Obstetric Unit, an Alongside Midwifery Unit with 800 births per year, a Freestanding Midwifery Unit at Cossham Hospital with up to 500 births per year (which was awarded ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC) and Home Birth. It has extensive maternal medicine services with specialist endocrine, epilepsy, haematology and renal clinics and a Fetal Medicine Service.

The Maternity services are well renowned nationally and internationally, having developed PROMPT and with a wide research portfolio. We are one of the first Trusts to achieve and maintain CNST level 3 and successful in achieving full compliance with the recent NHS Resolution 10 Maternity Safety Actions. The unit works closely with interventional radiology in the management of placenta accreta/percreta providing a 24 hour service which accepts tertiary referrals for women with an abnormally invasive placenta. The Community Midwifery Service covers South Gloucestershire, North Bristol and North Somerset. The Gynaecology service are dynamic with a clear vision to develop and take the service into the future with increased ambulatory care, supported by our Nurse Consultant for Gynaecology.

The tertiary level 3 Neonatal Unit, which is renowned for its excellent clinical outcomes, particularly for the very preterm baby, has 34 cots and offers Intensive Care, High Dependency Care and Special Care, with Transitional Care facilities on the postnatal ward.

Our Area -

Bristol has again been named as the UK’s most desirable location in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide. Described as “a small city that feels like a big city” it was praised for being “handily placed for seaside and scenery” but “hardly cut off” “cool, classy and supremely creative”

NBT is located in North of Bristol City centre, close to the M4/M5 junction at Almondsbury and Bristol Parkway railway station, we have excellent communication and transport links to all points North, South, East and West – the countryside and the seaside are within an easy commute.

Closing Date: Sunday, 20th December

Interviews are anticipated to be held onTuesday, 8thJanuary 2019. Please confirm your availability for this date on your application form

For further details / informal visits contact:

Rachel Fielding Director of midwifery and Head of Nursing

Telephone: 0117 4146738

Mobile: 07900 853 753 (voicemail available)

The following is applicable for ‘At Risk’ employees, who must meet the essential shortlisting criteria to be eligible for interview.

Those from within North Bristol NHS Trust who apply for this role will be considered for shortlisting in the first instance.
Those from within the BNSSG (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) who apply for this role will be considered in the second instance.
Those covered by the South West Employment Transition Framework who apply for this role will be considered in the third instance.
If no applicant is appointed from the above ‘at-risk’ pools, those from the open market will then be considered for shortlisting.
If you apply for this vacancy and have not received a communication from this Trust within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please note that this Trust does not reimburse travel expenses relating to interview attendance.

If you feel you meet the requirements of the Disability Act / Two Ticks scheme and require further support/advice, please contact us on tel 0117 4141151.

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful applicant(s) will normally commence at the minimum of the scale unless they have previous NHS service at the same band. Progression through the scale is by annual increments.

Please note that stringent pre-employment checks are undertaken on all successful applicants prior to commencement in post. Please refer to the ‘Information for Prospective Employees’ attachment for information relating to DBS charges.

We are committed to Equal Opportunity - Job Share Applications are welcomed.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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