Director of Midwifery and Neonates

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS FoundationTrust
Bath, Somerset (GB)
£78,192 to £90,387 per annum
Closing date
19 May 2022
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The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath, North East Somerset and West Wiltshire. We provide 759 beds and a comprehensive range of acute services including medicine and surgery, services for women and children, accident and emergency services, and diagnostic and clinical support services. The CQC recently rated the care we provide as outstanding .

New colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities at our Trust. You will work alongside high calibre staff, many of whom have a national and international reputation for specialist expertise and world-class care, focusing on providing the best services to our patients. Our values are simple; Everyone Matters, Working Together, Making a Difference, and represent our aspiration for the type of hospitals we want to be.

Bath is a wonderful place to live and work. Our main hospital site is 1.5 miles from the city centre and is served by great transport links including Park & Ride services and the national cycle route 24, 244. Bath offers excellent leisure and shopping facilities, and a thriving cultural scene.

In what is an important time in the history of maternity services we are looking to recruit a Director of Midwifery to provide strong strategic and clinical leadership to Midwifery and Neonatal services. This post (restructured to focus solely on maternity and neonates) forms part of the Trust commitment to invest in and strengthen our midwifery leadership team. Working with the Divisional Director, Divisional Director of Operations, Director or Nursing and the Obstetricians, you will be supported by a newly recruited Deputy Director of Midwifery, Consultant Nurse in Neonates, our Matrons, a Transformation Lead Midwife, Maternity Incentive Scheme Midwife/Ockenden Lead and our Divisional Patient Safety Manager. We firmly believe that strong and effective leadership within our maternity services is essential to support a positive work environment as well as enabling teams tobe creative and innovative in continuing to develop high quality, safe services.

Maternity Services were rated as Outstanding in 2018 by the Care Quality Commission and we are ambitious to further improve services for women/birthing people, their families and our staff. The health and wellbeing of our staff is paramount to provide safe, compassionate care and we are looking for a leader who demonstrates a balance of maternity expertise with compassionate and kind leadership.

This is a very exciting and pivotal time for Midwifery and Neonatal services as we look to build an alongside maternity unit on the acute site at Royal United Hospitals Bath to complement the existing services of the Bath Birthing Centre and the 4 stand-alone maternity units in Trowbridge, Frome, Paulton and Chippenham, supporting approximately 4500 births per year across all of the services. The Neonatal unit (level 2) is situated in a state of the art, low carbon building which provides a therapeutic environment for babies, their families and the staff with a capacity of 21 cots. Clinical nursing leadership is provided by a Consultant Nurse in Neonates working closely alongside the Matron.

This is an integral role for the organisation, you will professionally report directly to the Chief Nurse, providing assurance to the Board in all matters relating to maternity at what is a pivotal time for maternity services across the NHS.

You will work across the Integrated Care System to transform services, working in collaboration with the LMNS and the Neonatal network whilst developing meaningful relationships with our service users, our staff, Maternity Voices Partnership and voluntary sector organisations.

You will be supported to develop and reach your potential which translates to you accessing the plethora of opportunities that build your professional and personal portfolio.

In order to recruit a high calibre individual to undertake this key role, relocation support may be available for the successful candidate.


Equal opportunities

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Applications from job seekers needing Skilled Worker sponsorship to work in the UK will be considered alongside all applications. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Skilled worker applicants, applying for entry to the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have lived continuously/ cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18) are also subject to this requirement.

For further advice, please visit Applying from overseas web site.

Privacy Notice

If offered a position, your information will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record database and a local file will be created and retained at the Trust. For further information about how we use your data, please refer to our privacy notice.

Notifications & Communication
All communication is via email/NHS Jobs. Please check these regularly. If you are not contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date (5 weeks for consultants) please assume you have not been shortlisted for interview. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot provide feedback on application forms.

If offered a position, we will request references by email covering the last 3 years of work or study. One referee must be your current/most recent line manager or tutor. Please supply an organisational email address for your referees on your application form.

Disclosure & Barring Service
All posts are subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level, as per guidelines set out by the DBS.

Smokefree Site

The RUH is an entirely smokefree site – colleagues, patients and visitors are not permitted to smoke anywhere in our grounds.

Please note, unless specifically agreed with the Recruiting Manager, the Trust does not pay interview expenses.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. 

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. 


At RUH Bath everyone matters. We’re proud of our staff and work together to make a real difference to our patients, their families and each other. We’re an innovative and inspirational acute hospital with lots to offer you. Whether you are newly qualified or an experienced nurse, we will help you flourish in your nursing career. We’re creating new opportunities, introducing new ways of delivering services and encourage colleagues to develop their talent to become our future leaders. Your wellbeing is important to us, when you join our RUH community you’ll be invited to join staff networks that can help influence change for the benefit of everyone.

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