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Chief Midwife – North Thames Genomic Medicine Service Alliance (GMSA)

1 day/week
We are looking to appoint a Chief Midwife who will provide leadership for the midwifery activity including mainstreaming genomics through transformation projects and representation of North Thames GMSA at a National Level.
Salary: Secondment

Closing date:
24 January 2021

As part of NHS England’s strategy to establish a national genomics medicine service, building on the 100,000 Genomes Project, which will ensure the NHS fully benefits from advances in genomics, NHSE has commissioned seven genomic laboratory hubs (GLHs) who will work as a national network. Genomic Medicine Service Alliances (GMSA) (covering the same geography as the GLHs) will shortly be appointed to mainstream genomics.

Together GLHs and GMSAs comprise the new Genomic Medicine Service which will have a critical role in facilitating strong collaborations across large geographies, working with all healthcare providers, patients and the public to build trust in genomics, and providing clinical leadership to enable the multi-professional workforce to use genomics safely, effectively and efficiently.

Role & Responsibilities

We aim to appoint a Chief Midwife who will provide leadership for the midwifery activity including mainstreaming genomics through transformation projects and representation of North Thames GMSA at a National Level.  The Chief Midwife will be accountable to the Chief Nurse.

As a member of the senior management team the Chief Midwife will work with the Clinical Director, Chief Nurse and the Chief Pharmacist, and will be actively involved in the formation and progress of the GMS Alliance and support any appointments to lead midwifery roles. 

This is an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively, positioning strong leadership in nursing and midwifery to support the development of genomics in healthcare and delivery of the nursing & midwifery transformation projects.

Close links between the GMS Alliance and regional integrated care system (ICS) nursing and midwifery networks will ensure systematic implementation of genomics into workforce plans in end-to-end clinical pathways of care with equitable access for patients.  Nurses and midwives have a crucial role in supporting the mainstreaming of genomics into clinical practice. Prenatal diagnosis and screening constitutes around 30% of traditional genetic testing. The scope and complexity of this screening and testing will increase as our use of genomic testing increases. Midwives will have a key role in delivering transformation of prenatal testing pathways to maximise benefit to women and their babies.

The Chief Midwife will supervise and support the midwifery clinical/transformation leads in the execution of their responsibilities and will be a member of the Scientific Directorate with the Clinical Director.

Key responsibilities

To provide professional system leadership across the North Thames region; working as a member of the GMSA senior management team to support the delivery of GMS priorities and midwifery transformation programme.

Person Specification


  • NMC registered Midwife
  • Educated to Masters level OR equivalent level of experience of working at a senior level in specialist area
  • Leadership or Management qualification relevant to the NHS 


  • Demonstrable commitment to improving the quality of patient care using a whole system patient focused approach across organisational and/or geographical boundaries
  • Significant recent experience of planning and improving quality of patient services provided
  • Programme leadership and change management experience in highly complex projects
  • Understanding of professional and current issues related to genetics, the NHS, and relevant fields


  • Lead and influence others including other healthcare professionals and senior managers
  • Think strategically, develop vision and convey this vision to others
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, complex information to others
  • Ability to interpret complex information and to take appropriate action or provide expert advice as a result

Terms and conditions of employment

This role is for 1 day/week, the duration for the post is for 3 years initially. The applicant should be working for an employer within the North Thames GMSA and will remain employed with their substantive employer for the duration of this role.  This role reports to the Chief Nurse  of the GMSA.

If you have any questions about this role please contact Jenny Shand:

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