We are looking for a caring, motivated and enthusiastic midwife (band 5) to join our established case loading midwifery teams (Needs Extra Support Team, NEST). As a member of this team you will also have the opportunity to caseload women wishing to have a homebirth. We are proud as a maternity service to have 3 established case loading teams helping to deliver our exciting vision as part of our commitment to Better Births (2016) and continuity of carer in particular. Indeed, there is clear evidence that mothers want their midwife to be with them from the start, through pregnancy, birth and after and that this relationship results in better outcomes for women and their babies. We have a permanent position and also a 12 month fixed term contract / secondment available.
ABOUT THE TEAM
University Hospital Southampton is a forward thinking hospital working with partners at the leading edge of healthcare for the benefit of our patients. Our maternity service embodies the Trust values putting women and their families at the centre of our care, working together and always improving to achieve excellence in everything we do. We serve a diverse population across a large geographical area and around 5400 babies are born with us every year. We provide tertiary maternal, fetal and neonatal medicine across the region. Together we are passionate about delivering safe, high quality and efficient care to women, whatever their background or clinical need; allowing you to gain a wide range of experience across the entire childbirth continuum.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
You will be part of a team of midwives working flexibly and autonomously to provide antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care to a specified group of women including women choosing homebirth, in a designated geographical area. You will be responsible for your caseload, but will work together with other team members, senior midwifery practitioners and senior midwifery managers in ensuring that the experience we provide for our women and families is a world class service.
Your working pattern will include community days, on call labour days and on call labour nights with dedicated days off.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
We are looking for:
Midwives who are passionate about caseloading as a model of midwifery practice.
Midwives with experience looking after women who are vulnerable
Great communication and interpersonal skills to lead their caseload, work as a team and liaise with other organisations and health professionals as necessary
Someone who is driven, innovative and committed as we are always looking to improve the service we provide
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU
As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.
As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.
UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.
ABOUT OUR TRUST AND SOUTHAMPTON
UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.
Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 05 November 2019.
This model of working requires you to have a driving license and have access to a car. There is an on call commitment which requires you to work within 30 minutes of the community.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO APPLY
If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.
For further details / informal visits contact:
Midwifery business manager
Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.
GETTING TO WORK
We offer parking on site at UHS or through one of our park-and-ride schemes on a limited basis, based on specific eligibility criteria. We encourage our staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible, and our Trust is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.
OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUALITY
Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.
UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.
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