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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 18/04/2021.

Consultant Midwife Lead High Risk Maternity

Job Reference: 265-3034739

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
Maternity Governance
£53,168 - £62,001 per annum

Northampton General Hospital and Kettering General Hospital have embarked on an exciting journey to become a University Hospitals Group, serving the whole of Northamptonshire and beyond through closer alignment and partnership with University of Leicester, University of Northampton and all other University partners. University of Leicester, with Northampton and Kettering Group, is committed to enhancing the partnership between academia and the NHS in Northamptonshire. A strong synergy between organisations is the key to success, major contributions made by consultant colleagues to the academic mission through research, teaching, education, clinical leadership, enterprise and innovation recognised by the award of a range of honorary titles from Honorary Fellow to Honorary Professor.

With four teaching schools (Allied Health Professions, Biological Sciences, Leicester Medical School, Psychology), six research departments (Cardiovascular Sciences, Genetics and Genome Biology hosting the Leicester Cancer Research Centre, Health Sciences hosting the Leicester Diabetes Research Centre, Molecular and Cell Biology, Neuroscience Psychology and Behaviour, Respiratory Sciences), the College’s mission is to pursue the highest standards of research, education, training in biomedical and related subjects, to apply this knowledge and expertise to enhance the quality of life and economic prosperity of populations, locally and in the world. The high calibre of our academic endeavour is increasingly being recognised. In the 2020 Shanghai International ranking, the Medical School in Leicester was ranked 20 (of 3,000 medical schools); Leicester was 5th in the UK (Highest rank for clinical medicine outside of the Golden Triangle). In April 2017 NIHR Biomedical Research Centre commenced, a collaboration between University of Leicester, University of Loughborough and University Hospitals of Leicester. The BRC brings together the work of Respiratory Medicine, Cardiovascular Science, Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity.

Consultant Midwife Lead High Risk – Band 8b

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated individual who aspires to take on a strategic midwifery role in practice leadership. The post holder will work with the Deputy Director of Midwifery, Midwifery Management Team, midwives, and obstetricians. The role includes facilitating midwives’ autonomy, incorporating evidence based practice at all stages of the woman’s pathway, with the emphasis on when the pregnancy is complex socially, psychologically or physically. The main purpose of this role is to develop, lead and support the High Risk Pathways within the service. The post holder will provide professional leadership on the Delivery Suite to support clinical practice with the Multi-Disciplinary Team. They will work closely with clinical staff across the Maternity Service to deliver high quality safe care for women and their babies.

The post holder will be part of the Senior Midwifery Team on call rota to deliver continuing support to clinical staff 24 hours a day seven days a week, ensuring safe high quality care for women and their babies.

There has never been a more exciting time to join Northampton general Hospital NHS Trust – our previous achievements (listed below) and forthcoming developments within the Delivery Suite with a dedicated Triage Team and Continuity of Carer Teams.

Our Maternity services include:

  • A modern alongside three-bed Birth Centre with birthing pools and 8 postnatal beds
  • 8 bed consultant-led Labour Ward with a birthing pool.
  • A dedicated Obstetric theatre with recovery
  • 18 bed Maternity higher Observation Ward
  • A Bereavement Suite with garden
  • A Maternity Day Unit and Outpatient Clinic and Midwifery Led Sonography services
  • 23 bedded ward for inpatient antenatal and postnatal mothers and babies
  • A dedicated and award winning dedicated Home Birth Team
  • Six bedded Transitional Care Ward launched August 2019 to facilitate care of babies requiring Transitional care.
  • Currently there are 4 Continuity of Carer Teams in line with Better Births 5 year Plan, with ongoing development of further teams in early 2021

With a current delivery rate of 4600 births and ambitious plans across the Local Maternity System for transforming maternity services to be aligned with the Better Births recommendations, this is an exciting time and a great opportunity for you to join our forward thinking, innovative and award winning maternity team at Northampton.

We are forward thinking and innovative in our redesign of services for women: being nominated for a PENNA Award in 2018 for our Meet the Matron Clinic.

  • We have a successful Midwifery Safeguarding team winning the Nursing Times Award 2016 for Enhancing Patient dignity and a PENNA in 2016 for Improving Experiences of People with Disability. Shortlisted for Enhancing patient care Nursing Times Awards and the RCM Awards 2017 for Excellence in Maternity Care. Finalists in two categories for the 2017 PENNA for Personalisation of care and Continuity of carer.
  • We are passionate AND innovative in our approach in designing support and wellbeing for staff; winning the Iolanthe Midwifery Award in 2018 and having a senior full time lead for A-EQUIP.
  • Proactive in developing the workforce for the future, this year saw the first ever Florence Nightingale Midwifery Scholar.
  • We deliver some of the most highly rated maternity care experience in the UK: the CQC Maternity Experience survey showed that Northampton was performing better than most UK hospitals and in five survey questions was rated the best in the UK.
  • We have Full BFI accreditation. We are currently working towards a Gold Standard.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Lorraine Ryan - Deputy Head of Midwifery - - 01604 54 5425 or 07743600728

Patricia Ryan – Director of Midwifery –

Hannah Billingham – PA to Senior Midwifery team – – 01604 54 5432


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