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Midwife Practitioner- Community posted by Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

Full Time
£28,050 - £36,644 / year

Job Description

Main area
Band 6
37.5 hours per week
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Queen Elizabeth Hospital & University Hospital Lewisham
£28,050 to £36,644 per annum plus HCA
30/12/2018 23:59

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust are a committed multi- professional team who provide much-valued hospital and community services to residents in South East London. The Trust has built a good reputation as a place to enjoy job satisfaction and develop professional skills and experiences. Our people value the opportunity to work in a supportive culture and, we ensure our team are well rewarded for their contribution. By joining us now, you can play a role in shaping  our organisation that continues to put patient and client care first. Whatever the challenges ahead, we’re prepared to face them as one team.

We are currently recruiting Community Midwives who are dedicated to providing evidence based and women centered care to complement our existing community teams We need midwives who are competent and confident at facilitating and supporting normality in childbirth. You must be highly motivated, enthusiastic, experienced and woman-centered to join our well-established Midwifery teams and become part of our multi award winning service.  

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, is a large Trust facilitating care to over 9,000 mothers and their babies every year. We have two busy obstetric units; one on the Queen Elizabeth, Woolwich site and the other on the Lewisham site. Both sites have beautiful, well established, co-aligned Birth Centres with the Lewisham Site named as a beacon site by the Midwifery Unit Network (MUNet) in 2018.

We have a Consultant midwife on each site who are working together to support our maternity staff in promoting and facilitating normality. We are aiming to support 25% of women accessing our care to birth outside of the Obstetric units and another part of their strategy is to decrease our Caesarean section rates

Our whole maternity service is exciting and innovative and due to this, we received a CQC rating of ‘Good’ in 2017 following on from winning the 2016 RCM award for Midwifery Service of the Year. A few more of our recent achievements include:

    • The RCM Public Health Award 2016
    • A number of our students have achieved Student midwife of the year awards from BJM and MMA
    • Official accreditation of being a Baby Friendly Units, Level 3, on both sites
    • Our infant feeding adviser at QEH won the BJM Peer supporter in improving BF award, 2018
    • One of our incredible mentors made the Nursing time finals for Mentor of the Year award
    • Our vulnerable families team, Indigo, won the Maternity Team of the year MMA, 2018

    • Lewisham Birth Centre awarded Beacon Status from MUNet 2018

We look forward to welcoming you to help us achieve even more in the future.

Our diverse client population provides us with constant challenges and we strive to deliver the highest standard of care. We have considerable expertise at caring for women with complex and high risk needs and our specialist midwives consistently provide the highest standard of multi-disciplinary care.

The Trust is currently involved in several research projects including meeting the requirements of Better Births regarding continuity of carer.

With a total of 13 midwifery teams providing a full range of antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care (alongside specialist midwifery care), we are a large workforce looking after a diverse population. You will be based in the community either in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London Borough of Lewisham or London Borough of Bexley We encourage development of staff and the discussion and exploration of new ideas to improve services.

This post will involve supporting our 24-hour home birth service. In order to facilitate you in maintaining your intrapartum skills our community midwives also deliver care in our Midwifery led birthing units either at Lewisham or Greenwich Birthing Centre.

We see staff development at the core of our vision for the future of our service and are aiming to provide the best professional development package for Midwives in London; combining local and national expertise. Working with experts to develop skills in all areas of midwifery practice will assist our Midwives and support staff to provide the very best maternity care. If you have vision, are dynamic and motivated with a commitment to providing and developing a first class service then Lewisham and Greenwich Maternity services want you. Please read the Personal and Job specifications carefully. You should provide evidence in your application of the essential qualities required and why you would be an asset to our Midwifery Team. We test all shortlisted candidates prior to interview on Risk Assessment and Medicines Management. Invites to testing and interview will be sent to Personal e-mail addresses, please ensure one is provided on your application.

We have strong links with Greenwich, Kings College and South Bank Universities to support further study and professional development.

 This position will include On-Call and Weekend obligations. Car driver essential. This post is suitable for Midwives who have been qualified over 1 year.

Staff have access to a salary sacrifice scheme which includes lease car hire.

Applicants who wish to apply to undertake a RTP placement / course need to apply directly to the Trust and can do so via the Clinical Practice Facilitator; Mina Hayford (QEH) via [Click here to apply] or Stacy Andrews/Jenny Spriggs (UHL) via [Click here to apply]

Please note that the as part of the application process for non-medical roles, you will need to complete a short values based pre-application question. Your responses to the question will impact on whether or not you are able to successfully continue with your application. Please have a look on our website to find out more information before you start the pre-application question. If you are unsuccessful with the pre-application question, it means that you are not in harmony with our values. We thank you for your interest in Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

We reserve the right to close the post before the stated closing date, please apply early. We do not contact applicants with the outcome of the shortlisting. If you have been shortlisted, you will receive an invite to an assessment day or interview.

Job Requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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