* 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.
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.
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