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Midwife Practitoner- Birth Centre

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.

Have you been qualified for two years or more? Are you a champion of normality? Would you like to join our dynamic team at Greenwich Birth Centre who are 100% focused on providing woman centred care? We are rapidly approaching our one thousandth birth since we opened our doors in April 2015 and are gradually increasing our numbers.

The Birth Centre is proud to report that it has 100% satisfaction rates through the Friends and Family Test from women and families accessing their care. We would be delighted to show you around so you can see why we are so excited!

We are looking for enthusiastic team members to help us to promote normality. Could this be you?

Do you think the birthing environment makes a difference to women in labour and their positive birth experience? Would you like to come and find out with us? We work in a beautiful low risk birthing environment and want to offer you the chance to be part of a supportive team and have a job that is full of variety.

Would you like to practice independently, be an autonomous midwife and have the opportunity to work in our state of the art birth centre? If so, please contact us.

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. We will soon be receiving official accreditation of being a Baby Friendly Unit. Our cross-site Supervisory team also 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.

If you are attending the RCM conference at Harrogate, there are several opportunities for you to learn more about Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust. We look forward to meeting you at stand 34 where you can have a chat with one of our recruitment Midwives.

Whilst there make sure to attend the concurrent session 1D, at 1105 on the 19th, Celebrating Midwifery Excellence - Managing, Leading and Inspiring the team where our Head of Midwifery, Helen Knower and Consultant Midwife, Jackie Moulla, will be speaking about our Maternity Service of the year achievement.

Try and also listen to Sherrie Barnes (‘Active Mothers for Bexley’), one of our Integrated Midwives, who is speaking on the 20th at 1015, concurrent session 3A, Evidence into Practice, Addressing Life Style Problems in Pregnancy.

Successful candidates will be supported through our excellent in house training and further support is offered in professional development to enable you to facilitate change to implement innovations and improvements for women, their families and staff.
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.

Short listing to be held: W/C 31st October

Testing date: 10th November

Interviews to be held: 15th November

For further details / informal visits contact:
Elaine Frail, Birth Centre Lead Midwife, QE site via ( Email address removed ) or  ( Phone number removed ) 

Kathryn Schwencke / Irene Omamogho, Recruitment Midwives, via ( Email address removed ) or  ( Phone number removed ) 

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)

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