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Midwife Practitioner - Core

Job Description

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust was formed in October 2013, following the merger of Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich. The Trust was named as one of the top 100 healthcare employers in HSJ's 2014 survey on the best places to work.

Over the last year, key developments have included:

  • Ongoing work with health and social care partners to reduce A&E waiting times and improve the discharge process.
  • Improvements to how we manage patient information – with the introduction of new systems of electronic patient records at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and University Hospital Lewisham.
  • Our ongoing recruitment campaign, which has increased the number of permanent staff by over 400 since the merger.
  • Work to improve infection control, such as the introduction of new hand hygiene foam or gel dispensers in public areas around our sites.
  • New services and facilities, such as the midwifery-led Greenwich Birth Centre, which opened in May 2015.

We will continue to work with staff and local people to deliver improvements. In return for your dedication and hard work, we offer well-established, structured mentoring and staff development packages to support you in your role.

We are seeking exceptionally motivated individuals to join our friendly dynamic team.

We are looking for experienced Midwives to complement our existing team of Hospital Based Midwives. We welcome applications from midwives who are proficient in actively promoting, facilitating and supporting normality in childbirth. We are looking for dynamic, inspirational midwives to transfer their existing skills and interests to our unit. Midwives that join our core team are rotated between delivery suite and the antenatal / post natal wards throughout the year. Additional rotations to the Day assessment unit and community are available on an individual basis as part of your professional development. We have separate adverts for Community and Birth Centre midwifery roles.

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust facilitates care to over 9,000 mothers and their babies every year. We have two busy obstetric units; one on the Woolwich site and one on the Lewisham site. Both units have beautiful co-aligned Birth Centres which have won the hearts of the local population.

Our Consultant midwives are working to increase our normal birth rates and further reduce our Caesarean sections rates. This approach includes the promotion of facilities to support normality such as the home from home room, birthing pools, and the use of telemetry within the obstetric units.

Our whole midwifery service is exciting and innovative. We are part of a multi award winning team, very proud to have received both the 2016 RCM awards for Midwifery Service of the Year and the RCM Public Health Award. Also this year, with support from our fantastic mentors, one of our 3rd year students achieved BJM Student midwife of the year. Our cross-site Supervisory team won the Supervisor of Midwives Team of the year from the LSA in 2015 and we received a CQC rating of ‘Good’ in maternity! This show cases just a few of our recent achievements. We look forward to welcoming you to help us achieve even more in the future.

Our services aim to meet the needs of our local population and the Trust regularly engages with service users to achieve this. We are currently involved in Transformation projects with the aim to further improve our services and be responsive to the needs of the local population. As an experienced midwife new to the Trust you could contribute to these with your ideas and by transferring previous experience and developing them to our service. Examples of our innovative projects include the exploration of Outpatient Propess Induction of Labour and Enhanced Recovery. We are very pleased to have set up pregnancy plus clinics in partnership with a weight loss company to promote healthy eating for life.

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-agency care. Our Day Assessment Units have a reputation of delivering high quality, evidence based care. These services have been developed over the years and facilitate care to women who require additional care during their pregnancies. The team boasts one of the few midwife prescribers in London. Our midwives are actively involved in the specialist clinics including Mental Health, Haemoglobinopathy, HIV, VBAC, Diabetes and Alcohol &Substance Misuse. We promise you a wealth of experience working with Lewisham & Greenwich.

Excellent learning opportunities are available both in the Trust and close links with the University of Greenwich and Kings College London further enables continuing professional development. Mentor preparation is considered essential development to facilitate students in achieving the skills required to become the midwives of tomorrow.

If you have completed your competencies as a newly qualified midwife or are an experienced midwife (able to cannulate and suture) looking for a new challenge; have vision, are 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

Applicants who wish to apply to undertake RTP placements / courses need to apply directly to the Trust and can do so via the Midwifery Practice Based Clinical Facilitator; Vikki Coleman via ( Email address removed ) or  ( Phone number removed ) .

If you would like more information regarding the post or would like to visit the Trust please contact:

Sophie Windsor, Deputy Matron for Delivery Suite (QE site) ( Email address removed ),  ( Phone number removed ) ,

Mercy Ughwujabo, Matron for Delivery Suite (Lewisham site), ( Email address removed ).

Kathryn Schwencke, (QEW) Recruitment and Retention Midwife, ( Email address removed )

Short listing to be held: W/C 311016

Testing and interviews: 151116 or 211116

Please note that the as part of the application process, 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.

For vacancies where a high volume of applications are received, we reserve the right to close the post before the stated closing date. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Due to the volume of applications for some posts, it may not be possible for us to contact all applicants with the outcome of the shortlisting. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that you have not been successful.

Shortlisted applicants for posts up to and including band 4 may be invited to sit a basic numeracy and literacy test as part of the interview process. If you have any concerns about your ability in either area you are strongly advised to visit the Excellence Gateway website and try some of the activities and practice questions. If you have been shortlisted and previously passed either test, please make us aware.

Our employment checking processes require that all appointed candidates provide the contact details of their current HR Department.

If you have a disability which makes completing an application form difficult please contact:

For substantive Non Clinical roles Non Medical Recruitment on  ( Phone number removed ) ; for Clinical roles at QEH Medical Staffing on  ( Phone number removed ) /6749, Clinical roles at UHL call  ( Phone number removed ) ,  ( Phone number removed ) , for Temporary Staffing roles, please contact Bank Recruitment Office on  ( Phone number removed ) /5302, quoting the vacancy reference number.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

UK Registration

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