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Midwifery Advisor

NHS AfC: Band 8c

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Midwifery Advisor
NHS AfC: Band 8c
Fixed Term/Secondment for 12 months
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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Home based
Home based
£59,090 - £71,243 per annum
12/12/2018 23:59

NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts, NHS trusts and independent providers. We offer the support these providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable. By holding providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, we help the NHS to meet its short-term challenges and secure its future.

NHS Improvement is the operational name for the organisation that brings together Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority, Patient Safety, the National Reporting and Learning System, the Advancing Change team and the Intensive Support Teams.

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) was established by the Government in 2016. Headed by the Chief Investigator, it is tasked with carrying out independent safety investigations across the healthcare system in England, and became operational from April 2017. HSIB is hosted by NHSI but will maintain its independence both in the conduct and the reporting of its investigations.

The purpose of HSIB is to improve patient safety across the healthcare sector, by carrying out independent investigations to determine the causes of accidents and serious incidents, and to make safety recommendations intended to prevent recurrence. It is not to apportion blame or liability. HSIB will also seek to improve investigation practice across the system.

HSIB commenced maternity investigations from April 2018 onwards and this national programme will aim to inform system changes to aim to reduce stillbirth, neonatal death,severe brain injured babies and maternal deaths. HSIB will undertake defined maternity investigations using our independent, impartial and standardised process that does not apportion blame or responsibility. HSIB have recruited 100 plus investigators during2018 and the Maternity Advisors along with the Clinical Director and Clinical Advisors (maternity investigations) are integral in providing strategic clinical leadership and expert advice to support the maternity programme.

We have some exciting and unique opportunities for two full time Maternity Advisors to join the team. We invite applications from qualified midwives with an interest in improving high quality clinical careThese posts are offered on a fixed term or secondment basis and post holders  will be supported to maintain clinical practice to ensure credibility when providing advice to investigations.

These roles are evolving, and this will be an excellent opportunity for successful candidates to help shape and support the implementation of the maternity investigations programme.

These are unique and exciting opportunities for established practitioners, with wide experience and a deep understanding of the operation of the NHS and the healthcare system.

The successful applicants will be experienced, knowledgeable and empathetic, being able to relate to staff at all levels as well as patients and their families. You will have a good knowledge of patient safety, human factors and quality issues, and direct experience of healthcare safety investigations. Successful applicants will act as an ambassador for HSIB at both national and international levels, with the aim of improving and maintaining the confidence of the public, families and healthcare staff in the maternity safety investigation process. We are looking for resilient and experienced candidates with excellent communication skills, demonstrating an ability to engage clinicians, managers and members of the public on complex and sensitive issues. You will assist the maternity senior leadership team in establishing and developing effective relationships with the wide range of government, provider, and medical specialist organisations across the English healthcare system.

Candidates will currently be senior figures with the confidence of clinicians and hospital leaders and the experience of winning the trust of patients, families and the public.

HSIB adhere to the salary principles set out in the NHS Terms & Conditions of Services Handbook. Please note, applicants coming from outside of the NHS will be appointed to the bottom of the advertised pay scale. The usual starting salary principles apply for applicants coming from the NHS.

We offer a range of benefits for staff including:


·       A generous annual leave entitlement

·       Competitive salaries which include high cost area supplement for roles based in Farnborough.  

·       Flexible Working

·       Season Ticket Loans

·       NHS Discounts

·       24/7 Employee Assistance

·       Cycle to work scheme

·       Childcare Vouchers

·       Free eye tests

·       Learning and Development opportunities


We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. 


There will be an expectation of travel in the role.


HSIB are unable reimburse travel expenses for attending interviews.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Katherine Hawes, Head of Maternity Investigations (North)