Midwife Practitioner - Core - London

Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust
London (Greater)
12 Feb 2018
18 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
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 experience. 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 a 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 seeking exceptionally motivated individuals to join our friendly dynamic team. 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 looking for experienced Midwives to complement our existing team of Hospital Based Midwives. We would 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.
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 Queen Elizabeth, Woolwich site and the other on the Lewisham site. A beautiful co-aligned Birth Centre on the Lewisham Site has won the hearts of the local population The Greenwich Birth Centre opened on the Queen Elizabeth site in April 2015 and now has well over 1000 births.
The merger of these two Trusts enabled us to appoint to some very exciting posts within the Trust with strong clinical leadership. 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 and we are part of a multi award winning team. So far this year we have been shortlisted for 3 BJM awards, for Peer Support for Improving Breastfeeding, Student Midwife of the year and Contribution to Midwifery Education. In 2017 we had 1 student nominated for student midwife of the year and a midwife nominated for Mentor of the year. We are very proud to have received both the 2016 RCM awards for Midwifery Service of the Year and the RCM Public Health Award. Also in 2016 with support from our fantastic mentors, one of our 3rd year students achieved BJM Student midwife of the year. In November 2016 we received official accreditation of being a Baby Friendly Unit at QEW and replicated this at UHL last year. Our cross-site Supervisory team also won the Supervisor of Midwives Team of the year from the LSA in 2015 and we have 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 we 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 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 within the community of delivering high quality, evidence based care. These services have been developed over the years and are led by a team with a passion for facilitating 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.
All staff have access to a salary sacrifice scheme which includes lease car hire. Applicants who wish to apply to undertake RTP placements / courses need to apply directly to the Trust via the Clinical Practice Facilitator; Mina Hayford via Email on ( Email address removed ) or 0208 836 5295.Send Email
If you would like more information regarding the post or would like to visit the Trust please contact:
Terie Duffy, Matron for Delivery Suite (QE site) ( Email address removed ), 020 8836 4519,
Mercy Ughwujabo, Matron for Delivery Suite (Lewisham site), ( Email address removed ).
Kathryn Schwencke, Recruitment and Retention Midwife, ( Email address removed )

Short listing to be held: W/C 26.02.18
Testing dates: 13.03.18
Interviews to be held: 27.03.18

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