Clinical Support - Maternity Support Worker

  • Department Maternity
  • Salary £19,737 - £21,142 per annum pro rata
  • Closing Date 28/09/2021
  • Location The Princess Royal Hospital
  • Grade NHS AfC: Band 3 subject to agenda for change banding confirmation
  • Job ref 223-WSW-456
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Permanent
  • Hours Full time / Part time 37.5 hours per week (part time hours will also be considered)

Job overview

* This position is subject to agenda for change banding confirmation*

As part of upskilling our current workforce we are introducing the Maternity Support Worker role  in line with the national competency framework.  This role is an exciting opportunity for current Women Services Assistant who hold a necessary qualifications as outlined in the person specification to progress their careers. 

You will be required to undertake care at the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal stages and will be based either in the Consultant unit or within one of the community settings on a rotational basis.

The post holder is expected to undertake a set of defined competencies; including the ‘care certificate’. This certificate ensures the minimum standards for the role are met and can further be incorporated into a ‘skills passport’. Support will be given to employees to further develop their skills and explore pathways for progression where appropriate.


Main duties of the job

The primary role of the Maternity Support Worker is to assist, support and work in collaboration with the midwife and the wider multidisciplinary team; in order to provide a safe and holistic approach to women centred care.

The midwife is ultimately responsible for the care of the mother and her newborn(s) and it is under the direct or indirect supervision of the midwife that the MSW assists with and provides care following completion of any relevant or appropriate training. The post is rotational and the employee will be provided with appropriate training for the clinical setting in which they are working. These settings include antenatal, inpatient or outpatient care, intrapartum inpatient care and postnatal inpatient and outpatient care. These initially will be within the postnatal area and within the community. This is a national recommendation and all trusts have this stipulated within their Birth Rate plus recommendation via a 90/10 skill mix, this is not a local decision. 




Working for our organisation

We are entering an exciting period here at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. We have been guaranteed more than £312 million pounds to develop our hospitals into two state of the art facilities that will offer greatly improved environments, more sustainable staffing and better facilities. It will make SaTH a better place to work, in turn making it a better place to receive care.

We are very proud of our achievements to date and are looking for ways to engage with all of our staff through our Transforming Care team. There will be many opportunities for you to become involved in our KPO and improvement streams of work and we will be able to provide you with help and guidance independent of your level of expertise. We have a unique opportunity to make a difference and we hope that you will want to be a part of our journey.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full duties and responsibilities please refer to the attached document entitled Job Description.

Person specification


Essential criteria

GCSE Maths and English Grades A-C, Levels 4-9, Functional Maths Skills Level 2 or equivalent
NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in Health care
Care certificate or willing to work towards.


Essential criteria

Previous experience of working with members of the public
Experience of using hospital patient record system
Experience of working in an acute hospital setting
Understanding of Safeguarding issues
Awareness of Health and Safety issues
Knowledge and understanding of data protection confidentially

The well-being of our staff is of the upmost importance to us.  If you are offered a role at our Trust, and fall into the increased and higher risk categories as set out by Public Health England (PHE) and NHSI/E, your line manager will complete an risk assessment with you.  This will be completed in conjunction with the latest guidance from Public Health England in relation to Covid-19.

By submitting your application to Trac, you are giving your consent for parts of your application data to be transferred to the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and other secure, internal NHS Workforce systems. This is to support and manage your recruitment and employment within your employing organisation. 

If successful, by completing the NHS Jobs application form you authorise the Trust to obtain any previous NHS service details including all electronically held sickness information, via the Inter Authority Transfer process on the national ESR.

If the role requires a qualification/professional registration, you will need to provide proof during the recruitment process. By submitting your application you are giving the Trust permission to check the qualification certificates provided back to the source provider. Please note that a sample of all applicant’s qualifications will be checked with the educational institution or provider.

In the event of a high response to this advertisement, this post will be closed. Early applications are advised.
Unfortunately we do not accept CVs or keep them on file. If you are unable to apply online please contact the person named in the advertisement for the post you are interested in.
We are committed to offering an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the above position and will support reasonable adjustments wherever possible.  In addition, whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from candidates who are male, from black and minority ethnic backgrounds or who have a disability, as these are currently under-represented in our workforce.
We are committed to equal opportunities in employment. The policies and practices of the Trust aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly, flexibly and with dignity and respect.

Thank you for your interest in The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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