Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Practice Development Midwife

Band 7

Main area
Band 7
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
John Radcliffe Hospital
£33,222-£43,041 per annum
18/11/2018 23:59

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.


Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values


The Maternity Directorate would like to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic band 7 Midwife to be part of the Practice Development Team here in the Oxfordshire University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


The successful applicant will be confident working with community teams across the county including supporting staff working in the midwifery –led units. Whilst the role has an explicit community focus, the successful applicant will be expected to work across all midwifery practice areas in the Trust, supporting their peers should there be a need to do so.


If you came to work with us you would be expected to have refined and effective communication skills which you would employ to:

  • Continuously develop the quality of the women’s health care experience and demonstrate an evident improvement in healthcare outcomes through the continuous professional development of the midwives and other members of the multi-professional team who deliver healthcare within the Division.
  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge and skills as a credible clinical practitioner and act as an effective leader who is able to facilitate learning within the clinical environment.
  • Promote an ethos within the Directorate that encourages learning and sustains the personal and professional development of all staff.
  • Facilitate the continued development of maternity staff employed by the Trust across all sites to ensure the highest possible standards of practice and service delivery.
  • Ensure that systems are in place for the effective orientation and educational support for new starters including apprentices, preceptees and Foundation Programme midwives within the Maternity Directorate.
  • Support and work collaboratively with the Matrons and Sisters in the management and assessment of performance.
  • Work with colleagues to advise on and develop clear career pathways for staff which may enhance recruitment, retention and staff satisfaction.
  • Promote work-based and academic learning for maternity staff through the application of local and national education and research initiatives.
  • Work collegiately to share best evidence-based practice throughout both the Directorate and Division.
  • Work as part of a team to effectively lead and manage change.
  • Lead and/or support quality improvements initiatives relating to healthcare standards, clinical governance and quality assurance, operational performance and activities relating to recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Support the Divisional Digital Lead in the development and roll out of Go-Digital and Electronic Patient Record related initiatives.
  • Support the Safeguarding team in maintaining local and national standards within the Maternity Directorate.

Closing Date- 18th November 2018

Interviews will take place on 22nd November 2018 at the Women’s Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital. If this date presents you with a problem please do let us know so we may negotiate an alternative.

Interviews will comprise a technical interview, a values-based interview and short presentation (details of presentation provided through shortlisting).

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Applicant requirements

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

Should you be interested in the post, wish to discuss it further, or would like an informal visit please contact:

Penny Green (Interim Senior Midwifery Manager for Community Midwifery Services)

Penny.green@ouh.nhs.uk or 01865 857828