Join our Maternity Services at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s
Why we are special
We are leading the way when it comes to maternity services. Our Chief Executive chairs the NHS England Maternity Transformation Programme and our Women's Hospital is one of only two hospitals in the country dedicated to the care of women, babies and their families.
Our highly-skilled workforce offers many opportunities to specialise and develop skills. We encourage innovation and have an active research and development department, which are highly visible in the clinical area.
As a tertiary referral centre, we regularly care for women with complex conditions and pregnancies, providing both maternal and fetal medicine. We also have a well-established, dedicated Home Birth team providing care to women in the community.
We’re an award-winning service – most recently our team, in partnership with the University of Birmingham, recieved an NHS England award for improving safety for women with the BSOTS triage system, which was developed and is functional within the unit.
We have gained Unicef Level 3 Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation.
Our Women’s Hospital is a busy unit and has featured in a number of TV documentaries including the ground-breaking Channel 4 series One Born Every Minute.
Continuity of Carer
Our Continuity of carer teams will be rolling out in September/October. We have conducted extensive promotional work with all midwives our aim being for the midwives to self select to become part of the first wave of continuity teams. We are working with the midwives to develop the teams and how they will work together, creating a sense of ownership from the outset. We believe that changes to midwifery practice on such a high level should be led, to some extent, by clinical midwives. It is important to us that we listen to the beneficial aspects of change as well as the concerns and that midwives have. Midwifery Support workers will also work in the teams.
We are also exploring ideas surrounding continuity teams for women with multiple pregnancy and diabetes.
We are always keen to support and encourage professional development and encouraging potential within our workforce. As a midwife, the opportunities for career development are extensive.
We fund training for Professional Midwife Advocates and seek expressions of interest on an annual basis. We are committed to increasing the number of PMAs in the Trust.
Leadership and management courses are available to apply for and we encourage midwives to develop these skills.
We have a very active research department and the Trust participates in majority of national and local research projects. Opportunities exist to join the research team either as a substantive post or on a secondment basis for the duration of a project.
We have a number of specialist midwives and teams in areas such as;
- professional development
- enhanced maternal care
- safeguarding, antenatal screening
- risk management
Opportunities exist to gain experience with these teams.
We believe in developing our staff to help them become the best midwives and to help our midwives reach their careers goals.
- 1 or 2 week supernumerary period when commencing in each new area, dependent upon experience and placement. This is also flexible and individual needs are considered if supernumerary time needs to be extended
- Band 5 preceptorship programmes offer support from a named PMA in addition to named preceptors in each area
- 3 day block mandatory training annually, which includes a one day multidisciplinary PROMPT course
- Opportunities are available to apply for leadership and management courses accredited by Birmingham City University
- Development and support is available in the Trust for a wide variety of topics aimed at wellbeing of staff and needs identified through appraisal
- Accredited Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) training
- Masters Degrees
- Specialist courses such as ultrasound scanning are also available to those who meet the requirements. Charitable bids are available to apply for funding and scholarships and are announced at various times of the year