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Lead Midwife – North Thames Genomic Medicine Service Alliance

3 years fixed term full time
We are looking to appoint a Lead Midwife who, supported by the Chief Nurse will provide operational leadership for the midwifery activity including mainstreaming genomics through transformation projects.
Salary: £70,641 to £80,554 per year

Closing date:
29 March 2021

Delivering a new NHS Genomic Medicine Service brings together exciting opportunities with new detailed understanding about peoples’ underlying genetic profiles. The development of novel and revolutionary medical treatments will result in personalised medicines which are better suited and tailored to treat the underlying cause with improved outcomes for patients.

Delivering this world-class revolutionary service will require new ways of working for the professions. Nurses, midwives and care staff form the largest workforce in the NHS and are well placed to optimise the potential contributions of genomics for improving health. The senior leadership of these professions, in steering the workforce, will be critical to the success of the NHS GMS for patients in England.  Nurses and midwives have a crucial role in supporting the mainstreaming of genomics into clinical practice. Midwives in particular have a key role to play as a very significant proportion of genetic screening and testing relates to prenatal diagnosis or newborn screening. As we implement genomic testing this will get more comprehensive, but also more complex, thus engaging our midwifery workforce is key to the success of our GMSA and mainstreaming genomics.

We aim to appoint a Lead Midwife who, supported by the Chief Nurse will provide operational leadership for the midwifery activity including mainstreaming genomics through transformation projects.  They will be part of the clinical leadership team working together to optimise the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach to developing and implementing the transformation programmes.

The post holder will have dedicated time to work on delivery of GMS priorities related to the midwifery transformation programme.  They will support the Chief Nurse, lead the midwifery working group, work with education and training and workforce, and communications lead, to embed appropriate training/engagement and support transformation projects.

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

The role

This role reports into the GMS Alliance Chief Nurse.  We are hoping for a part time commitment of but there is some flexibility to accommodate a secondment arrangement from a local provider organisation within the GMS Alliance.

Key responsibilities

To support the Chief Nurse and lead the midwifery working group to develop the midwifery transformation programme by:

  • producing a stakeholder map to include relevant networks for midwifery across the NT-GMS Alliance geography and plan an appropriate strategy to engage them with the GMSA and wider national midwifery programme. 
  • carrying out a baseline review of current awareness and input from midwives on genomics and related pathways and identify best practice to be shared or gaps where midwifery input regarding diagnosis/care would be beneficial.
  • working closely with the Chief Nurse and E&T and Workforce Lead develop a strategy for workforce development and delivering genomics education and training opportunities for the midwifery workforce across the geography.
  • working closely with the Chief Nurse and Communications Lead develop an engagement strategy for the midwifery workforce across the geography
  • identifying high impact, in terms of benefits to prior to and during pregnancy, the intrapartum and postpartum period, transformation projects implementing genomics focusing on midwifery clinical practice; taking into consideration upskilling of the current workforce, new roles and new ways of working
  • developing plans which will enable the implementation of the transformation projects and to embed into clinical practice across different sectors in primary and secondary care. 
  • work with the GMSA team and PPIE group to review care pathways to ensure they maximise the opportunity for patients to benefit from genomics
  • identifying and mobilising other midwives or genomics champions across the region who can help with project(s)delivery
  • Work with colleagues in the GMSA clinical leadership team to optimise the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach to developing and implementing the transformation programmes
  • Work with the Chief Nurse to support the delivery of GMS priorities related to the midwifery transformation programme. 
  • Maintain own continuing professional development as appropriate.

Contact

Please contact Natalie Percival, Chief Nurse, GMSA if you are interested in this exciting opportunity at natalie.percival@uclpartners.com

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