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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 02/03/2020.

Job Reference: 428-ATR11014-C

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Maternity unit
Poole, Dorset
£30,401.00 - £37,267.00 pa pr

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Come and join us at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Not only is it a great place to work; it's also a wonderful place to live. The town has great transport links, a bustling quay and some of the best beaches in England. You’ll also have easy access to the Dorset countryside, renowned for its areas of outstanding natural beauty and the spectacular Jurassic Coast, ideal for sports and outdoor activities.

Poole Hospital is one of the largest employers in the region and highly regarded across the NHS, consistently featuring within the top twenty per cent in both national patient and staff satisfaction surveys. We pride ourselves on positive team work, professional development and support staff to reach their fullest potential. All of this is underpinned by our unique philosophy, The Poole Approach, which pledges that we will strive at all times to provide friendly, professional, person-centred care with dignity and respect for all.

This is an exciting time for our staff, following a recent review of healthcare services in Dorset which will see major changes to the way healthcare is provided in our region. As one of the two acute NHS providers in the east of the county, our services will be closely linked to those provided at the Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. We’re working in close collaboration to deliver excellent emergency and planned care over the two sites, for the people of east Dorset.

It is anticipated that the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will merge in the summer of 2020 to form East Dorset Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is a condition of employment that all staff being recruited in the period before merger will work across all sites pre and post-merger.


  • We are looking for passionate and motivated midwives to join our forward-thinking, energetic midwifery team at Poole. We are looking to recruit Band 6 midwives into the following permanent posts to cover parental leave: Rotational post through the maternity service
  • Antenatal in-patients
  • Postnatal ward
  • Labour Ward
  • Community Midwives
  • Bank midwives

Please state on your application which post you would prefer to apply for.

Maternity Services at Poole are located in the community and on a self-contained site at the St Mary’s Maternity Hospital, located across the road from the main Poole Hospital site. The Maternity Hospital is the centre for all high risk care in east Dorset and is fully equipped to meet the needs of women and babies with complications, as well as women with normal pregnancies and births. The Maternity Service provides a comprehensive service, offering women as much choice as possible in their maternity care; around 5,000 babies are delivered by our maternity staff each year, either at home or within the birth centre and labour ward in the hospital. The Maternity Service offers a traditional model of midwifery care with separate teams for the acute and community service.

The Midwifery Led Haven Birth Centre has a total of five birthing rooms, three of these have pools to facilitate water birth and we offer an aromatherapy service. Care on the Birth Centre is managed completely by midwives and incorporates natural birthing techniques. It is fully equipped to support normal birth in a home-from-home environment.

The community teams cover a varied demographic around the Poole area, including parts of the Purbecks as well as Ferndown and Verwood. We provide parent education and breastfeeding classes. In addition to our community teams, we have a dedicated Family Partnership team that provides additional support to families. We also provide a homebirth service which is in the process of being relaunched.

The Labour Ward provides care for women with high risk pregnancies and has recently undergone some refurbishment. There are two dedicated obstetric theatres, a two bedded high dependency unit, six birth rooms and one birthing room with a pool. We are keen to promote active birth and where continuous electronic fetal monitoring is advised, we regularly use telemetry monitoring, including for women with medium risk pregnancies who would like to birth in water. Aromatherapy is also used and encouraged on the Labour Ward. We have a dedicated High Dependency team of Midwives who have undergone specialist training. Midwives on the Labour Ward develop their skills as a part of a cohesive multidisciplinary team.

We have a 12 bedded antenatal ward which also caters for induction of labour. Offering inpatient and outpatient induction of labour dependant on the individual woman’s risk factors, we have streamlined our service to include offering women balloon catheter induction.

We have a 16 bedded Postnatal Ward offering traditional postnatal care to women and their babies. We also have an 8 bedded Transitional Care Ward, which provides additional support to more vulnerable babies and provides an outreach service to the Labour Ward.

The Maternity department is committed to education and development. We invest in an education team which supports learning and practice development across the department. Opportunities currently in place are as follows:

  • Access to a Practice Development Midwife and Clinical Practice Facilitator
  • Live Team Skills Drills
  • Access recognised post-registration qualifications in partnership with Bournemouth University
  • E-learning programmes
  • Post registration opportunities to study at degree, Masters and PhD level
  • Potential to progress through the career structure from Midwife Practitioner to Midwife Team Leader, Consultant Midwife and Matron.

As a band 6 midwife it is expected that you will be clinically competent and will take responsibility as a sign off mentor for student midwives. You will work a shift pattern that includes unsocial hours. We can offer you the opportunity to take on link roles within infection control / risk management / clinical skills trainer/ safeguarding as required by the service.

Please note: if this job requires you to have a DBS check to enable you to properly fulfil the requirements of the job, on appointment you will be required to repay the cost of obtaining a DBS check and this amount will be reclaimed from your salary.

Closing date: 02/03/2020

Provisional interview date week commencing: 16/03/2020

For further details / informal visits contact:

Debbie Randall -


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