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Deputy Director of Midwifery and Head of Nursing - Band 8b

NHS AfC: Band 8b

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NHS AfC: Band 8b
37.5 hours per week
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£49,242 – £59,964 per annum
26/02/2019 23:59
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Are you highly motivated, energised and dynamic and looking to make a real difference to patient and staff experience?  Are you able to inspire and motivate teams?

We are seeking an exceptional, inspirational, dynamic and highly experienced senior midwife whose role as Deputy Director of Midwifery/Head of Nursing is key to maintaining strong professional oversight and governance which is pivotal to the quality and safety of our service to support good clinical outcomes and patient and staff experience.

If you have a passion for providing high quality care and you are an experienced senior midwife looking for an opportunity to lead midwifery and nursing care within the framework of the national maternity and nursing agenda then we would welcome your talents and skills.

As the Deputy Director of Midwifery/Head of Nursing, you will have uncompromising professional standards and be responsible for maintaining safety, quality and improvement of the care given to women and their families. Delivery of excellence in patient care, service improvement and midwifery and nursing workforce development are key priorities for this role, ensuring the continuous improvement of the patient and service user experience.


  • You will be an important member of the senior management team within the Division of Women and Children’s Health, working closely with the Director of Midwifery/Head of Nursing to provide leadership to a dedicated team of Matrons, midwives, nurses and support staff, working collaboratively with the Consultant team to implement changes in practice in line with national guidance.  
  • You will take on responsibility for aspects of both the strategic planning  and operational management of the service, supporting the Director of Midwifery/Head of Nursing in a wide portfolio of duties and projects (for example) managing complaints, leading staff engagement, co-ordinating recruitment activity and you will be a strategic thinker with the vision to develop new roles and recruitment and retention initiatives as part of our challenging workforce agenda.
  • You will have excellent communication skills along with visible, dynamic and inspirational leadership enabling the midwifery and nursing workforce to deliver safe and high quality standards of care.
  • You will be a true advocate of the development of service and are required to both drive and promote continuous improvement
  • You will lead and support the team within the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Local Maternity System in line with the Better Births recommendations which includes the planning and delivery of models of midwifery care, creating new ways of working with innovation to improve outcomes, support service development and quality improvement.

We can promise you a challenging and diverse role that will both stretch and develop you, and your professional development will be strongly encouraged and supported

About us.

The service at North Bristol Trust is based at Southmead Hospital and provides a full range of obstetric and gynaecological services for women who live in the catchment of BNSSG.  The maternity department is one of the largest in the country, was awarded ‘Good’ by the CQC and has more than 6,300 births each year offering women the choice of 4 places of birth.  These include a 15 bed Consultant led Obstetric Unit, an Alongside Midwifery Unit with 800 births per year, a Freestanding Midwifery Unit at Cossham Hospital with up to 500 births per year (which was awarded ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC) and Home Birth.  It has extensive maternal medicine services with specialist endocrine, epilepsy, haematology and renal clinics and a Fetal Medicine Service.

The Maternity services are well renowned nationally and internationally, having developed PROMPT and with a wide research portfolio.  We are one of the first Trusts to achieve and maintain CNST level 3  and successful in achieving full compliance with the recent NHS Resolution 10 Maternity Safety Actions.  The unit works closely with interventional radiology in the management of placenta accreta/percreta providing a 24 hour service which accepts tertiary referrals for women with an abnormally invasive placenta.  The Community Midwifery Service covers South Gloucestershire, North Bristol and North Somerset.  The Gynaecology service are dynamic with a clear vision to develop and take the service into the future with increased ambulatory care, supported by our Nurse Consultant for Gynaecology.

The tertiary level 3 Neonatal Unit, which is renowned for its excellent clinical outcomes, particularly for the very preterm baby, has 34 cots and offers Intensive Care, High Dependency Care and Special Care, with Transitional Care facilities on the postnatal ward.


Our Area - 

Bristol has again been named as the UK’s most desirable location in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide. Described as “a small city that feels like a big city” it was praised for being “handily placed for seaside and scenery” but “hardly cut off” “cool, classy and supremely creative”

NBT is located in North of Bristol City centre, close to the M4/M5 junction at Almondsbury and Bristol Parkway railway station, we have excellent communication and transport links to all points North, South, East and West – the countryside and the seaside are within an easy commute.

Bristol is consistently voted the best place to live in the UK, with vibrant local music, arts and gastronomic scenes, a wide range of modern and state of the art shopping, recreation and leisure facilities, a wealth of great local family days out, fantastic transport links for local, national and internal holidays, and a rich history. If you prefer country, village or smaller town living, NBT is also easily commutable from a range of attractive locations in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and South Wales which is now even more attractive with the ending of the toll fees on the Severn Bridges from December 17th 2018

 Please note - Interviews will be held on Tuesday 12th March 


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Applicant 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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Further details / informal visits contact

Rachel Fielding Director of Midwifery and Head of Nursing 

Telephone: 0117 4146738


Mobile: 07900 853 753  (voicemail available)

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