The Senior Midwife role is to improve the patient experience, through the day to day provision and supervision of quality care to all patients in the Maternity Service.
The three main objectives of the role are:
• Providing management and leadership to direct care staff within the Obstetrics and Gynaecology service in hospital.
• Maintain adequate staffing levels, through the deployment of staff and appropriate management of sickness and absence.
• Ensure the appropriate use of available resources, through effective use of defined budget and support staff to provide all aspects of clinical midwifery care, with a focus on promoting positive outcomes for mother and baby and the wider family network.
• To hold day to day responsibility for the provision of Nursing/Midwifery services for the Obstetric/ Gynecology departments within the hospital.
• To manage the nursing/midwifery team and ensure adequate staffing per shift.
• To work collaboratively and effectively with the Matron to develop and implement patient safety strategies and quality initiatives.
• To demonstrate leadership and clinical expertise in the care of any patients receiving care in the departments.
• To adhere to the DHA Code of conduct, and where applicable NMC Code of Conduct.
• To communicate with women about highly complex, sensitive and emotionally challenging issues, for example, miscarriage, fetal abnormality, domestic violence, child abuse and a baby/child death.
• To have and overarching view of the planning, implementation and evaluation of the needs of patients on an ongoing basis, coordinating the care given by all members of the clinical team.
• To accurately assimilate and interpret clinical information about the patients condition, instigate appropriate remedial action and ensure documentation is completed by appropriate Nursing/Midwifery staff.
• To act as a resource person to all staff, providing accurate information, advice and support to the multidisciplinary team, patients and their relatives.