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Job Description

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a 623-bed acute general hospital, predominantly serving the 272,000 people living in Poole, East Dorset and Purbeck. We are proud of the good reputation Poole Hospital enjoys within the local community, both as a provider of first-class health care services and as a major employer. We consistently feature within the top twenty per cent in both national patient and staff satisfaction surveys. Poole Hospital has also been voted as one of the top 100 hospitals to work for by the Nursing Times and was named the best hospital for patient experience in the 2010 Healthcare Excellence & Leadership Awards.

Poole isn't just a good place to work; it's also a great place to live. The town boasts a bustling quay, the best beaches in England and a stunning natural harbour. From Poole there is 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. Our town centre location means that we are conveniently situated for public transport. The bus and mainline train stations are both within easy walking distance, as are the Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole Park and high street shops.

‘Friendly professional, patient-centred care with dignity and respect for all’ (The Poole Approach)


We would like to recruit appropriately skilled midwives to join the Poole midwifery team and have vacancies in the following teams:

  • Antenatal Day Assessment /Triage and Midwife Outpatients including outpatient induction of Labour this is a fast paced area and expanding all the time.

  • Postnatal
  • Transitional care
  • Induction of labour
  • Elective CS team
  • Telephone Triage

We also have vacancies for midwives for rotational posts.

Poole Maternity Service provides a full range of midwifery care and is the obstetric centre for high risk care across East Dorset. The service delivers care to in excess of 5000 women per annum. Of these women 4700 give birth on the Poole Maternity site. The Maternity Unit achieved Baby Friendly full Accreditation in July 2016 and was rated ‘good’ in our recent CQC inspection.

The service has an 8 bedded high risk Labour ward, alongside dedicated operating theatres and two high dependency room. The Labour Ward offers two birth rooms with pools and telemetry monitoring in order to offer waterbirth to women with medium risk pregnancies.

The service also has an alongside midwife led unit with 5 delivery rooms. This area incorporates 3 birth pools and an aromatherapy service. The service offers a traditional model of midwifery care with separate teams for the acute and community service. There is a dedicated home birth team specifically for the promotion and delivery of care to women who wish to give birth at home.

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 which rotates between the acute setting and community as required by the service need. As a band 6 midwife, you will take on link roles within infection control / risk management / clinical skills trainer/ safeguarding as required by the service.

It is expected that all band 6 midwives will be clinically competent to act as a shift /team leader on the delivery suite / inpatient wards/community team on a shift by shift basis in the absence of the person who has continued responsibility.

In order to work within Poole NHS Foundation Trust you must read and accept the guidance of the Poole Approach and the Golden Rules and be prepared to demonstrate understanding of this at interview.

Applications are welcomed from midwives who are currently in a preceptorship programme and who have developed skills that meet the criteria of the Job Description and Person Specification. It should be noted that there will be no opportunity to develop skills at preceptorship level within this role.

Applications will be considered from newly qualified midwives who are welcome to join our 12 month preceptorship programme.

All posts are subject to satisfactory enhanced CRB, occupational health and reference screening.

We are able to offer SKYPE interviews


The prevention and appropriate management of infection is of paramount importance in the quality and safety of the care of patients, and to the safety of visitors and members of staff. It is the responsibility of all staff to be aware of, assess and minimise these risks and comply fully with Infection Prevention and Control Policies.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (updated 2010), establishes a Code of Practice for the Prevention and Control of Health Care Associated Infections. It sets out criteria by which NHS managers ensure that patients are cared for in a clean environment where the risk of Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) is kept as low as possible.

Managers, Heads of Departments, Matrons and other Clinical Leaders are responsible for ensuring that :

  • The necessary equipment and mechanisms are in place to support infection prevention
  • health care workers are free of and are protected from exposure to communicable infections during the course of their work, and that all staff are suitably educated in the prevention and control of HCA


  • Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people, and vulnerable adults by taking all reasonable steps to protect them from harm. All staff will receive appropriate training and induction so that they understand their roles and responsibilities and are confident about carrying them out.

‘It is the responsibility of every member of staff to maintain the highest standards of data quality for clinical, operational and managerial purposes’

Unless otherwise stated in the advert text, all applications for this post need to be made ONLINE. To apply for this position, please click “Apply Now” at the end of this advert and log in/register with this site as directed. Please ensure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification for this position carefully. Further guidance on applying for this vacancy can be found in the 'Candidate Guidance: Applying for a Job at Poole Hospital' document below.

Please note that this vacancy may close before the advertised closing date if sufficient suitable applications are received.

All communication sent by the Trust in relation to your ONLINE application and any offer of employment will be sent via your NHS Jobs account and/or the email address that you use when applying for this position. We would therefore strongly advise you to check your NHS Jobs account and email inbox on a regular basis.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and where applicable, criminal record checks will be undertaken for successful candidates in accordance with the Trust’s Recruitment & Selection and Criminal Record Checks procedures.

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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