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Preceptorship Midwife

Job Reference: 331-X2900819

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
Furness General Hospital & Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Across Morecambe Bay
£24,214 to £30,112 per an

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

It is an exciting time to join the maternity teams at Morecambe Bay Hospital Trust with the implementation of Continuity of Carer and working towards Baby Friendly.

We provide care to around 3300 women across 3 sites that serve a wide geographical area, both rural and urban. We pride ourselves in the promotion and provision of forward thinking, women centred care, within our 2 Obstetric led units and our stand alone midwifery led unit.

The maternity unit at The Royal Lancaster Infirmary supports 2100 births per year. Day Assessment Unit cover 7 days a week, a dedicated maternity theatre, transitional care and a level 2 Neonatal unit that can provide care to 10 neonates requiring special and intensive care.

South Lakes Birth centre located in Barrow- in Furness supports 1100 within a new purpose built unit, a Day Assessment Unit , maternity theatres , a level 1 Special Care Baby Unit, providing special care to 4 neonates, 2 transitional care beds, and a state of the art simulation suite for multidisciplinary training.

HCMU provides antenatal and postnatal care to around 800 women; this standalone midwife led unit also supports approximately 100 women labour and birth, either at home or within the unit. The unit has recently been refurbished and has approximately a 50% water birth rate per annum.

All areas provide care during the antenatal, intra-partum and postnatal period by our dedicated and skilled multidisciplinary team.

If you are looking for a new career in one of the most picturesque parts of the country, offering easy access to the Lake District, Scotland and Manchester, and only 2 ½ hours from London via the train, Morecambe Bay Hospital Trusts is the place for you! A generous relocation package is available.

Preceptorship Package at UHMBT

We offer a twelve month preceptorship which is responsive to the needs of the newly qualified midwife.

The preceptor will be based at Lancaster or Barrow-in-Furness and will rotate to all three sites, this will include:

  • 7 months at the base site
  • 3 months community at base site or Helme Chase, Kendal
  • 1 month on Day Assessment Unit at base site
  • 2 weeks on Neonatal Unit at Lancaster
  • 2 weeks in Antenatal Clinic on base site.

There is a half-day preceptorship training session once per month for all band 5 midwives. This will cover topics identified by the preceptorship midwives that are not covered on the trust mandatory training days.

The trust provides 3 mandatory days for all midwives and support workers including PROMPT, safeguarding children, manual handling, bereavement, screening, governance, basic life support and basic neonatal resuscitation.

We have an education team who will support the preceptorship midwives in clinical practice. Our practice development midwife is available across all three sites to oversee the programme and help with any queries.

Each preceptor will choose a midwife to be their support, based at their base site for their preceptorship and help discuss/complete/sign their preceptorship folder.

To complete the preceptorship and progress to a band 6, the midwife will have to complete:

  • The preceptorship pack which includes self-identified goals for each rotation (specific goals for NNU and ANC)
  • At least 3 reflections relating to practice
  • IV administration
  • IV cannulation
  • Suturing competence

Anyone newly appointed to the trust will be subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probationary period (this includes bank staff). This will give the new staff member an opportunity to become familiar with the role and working environment.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Alison Mayor

Interim Maternity Matron

Royal Lancaster Infirmary

01524 512149 (42149)


Sue Alcide

Interim Maternity Matron

South Lakes Birth Centre

01229 403837



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