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Assistant Director of Maternity & Gynaecology and Head of Midwifery

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
Ulster Hospital, Dundonald
Band 8C, £67,064 - £77,274 per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

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South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust is now recruiting for an exciting opportunity to join their team as an;

Assistant Director for Maternity & Gynaecology and Head of Midwifery

Band: 8C

Directorate: Surgery & Elective Care, Maternity and Paediatrics

Location: Base location is the Ulster Hospital, covering trust wide services

Reports to: Director of Surgery & Elective Care, Maternity and Paediatrics

Profile of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust is one of the 5 Trusts in total within Northern Ireland. It is an integrated organisation, incorporating acute hospital services, community health and social services and serves a population of approximately 440,000.

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust covers the local government and community districts of Ards, North Down and Lisburn, in Northern Ireland. In the trust, there are 3 acute Hospitals – the Ulster Hospital, the Lagan Valley Hospital and the Downe Hospital, plus 2 local hospitals- Ards Hospital and Bangor Hospital.

We are committed to delivering safe, timely, accessible, high quality and cost-effective care at South Eastern Trust. Our higher aim is to improve the health & wellbeing of our community, and reduce inequalities, working in partnership with other organisations and supporting our people to deliver high quality care. Our staff, patients, service users and families are at the heart of everything that we do and we remain committed to our vision that the Trust will be a great place to Live, a great place to Work and a great place for Care and Support.

For more information on South Eastern Trust or HSC in general, please visit: Home - South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust (

Job Summary

The post holder will provide high quality leadership and be accountable for the strategic and operational management of the Directorate. The Directorate services that fall under the responsibility of the post holder are:

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynaecology
  • Midwifery – acute and community

As the Assistant Director/Head of Midwifery you will provide professional leadership to all midwives across the Trust. You will be a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Professional Leadership Team within the Trust, reporting to the Executive Director of Nursing on all professional midwifery issues.

You will take lead responsibility for strategic planning and service development, ensuring all key targets are met within the resources allocated on an annual basis. As well as this, you will provide safe, efficient and effective services, implementing and embedding HSC values and collective leadership behaviours.

You will also ensure that appropriate governance arrangements are established and maintained across the Directorate and will lead the promotion of excellence and the maintenance of standards. In this post, you will also be accountable for ensuring effective financial management is embedded within this Directorate.

Essential Criteria

  • Midwife currently on Part 2 of the live NMC Register
  • A University Degree or a relevant professional qualification and worked for at least 3 years in a senior management role (Band 8 a/b or equivalent) working in a major complex organisation with experience of managing services for women OR Have at least 5 years’ experience in a senior management role (Band 8 a/b or equivalent) working in a major complex organisation, with experience of managing services for women.
  • Be able to demonstrate the development and application of highly developed specialist knowledge and skills relevant to the post.
  • Delivered against challenging performance management programmes, for a minimum of two years meeting a full range of key targets, making significant improvements and demonstrating improved & measurable outcomes.
  • Have worked with a diverse range of stakeholders, both internal and external to the organisation, to achieve successful service and patient outcomes.
  • Be able to successfully demonstrate high level management, people, governance, financial and organisational skills for a minimum of two years.
  • Hold a current full driving licence which is valid for use in the UK and have access to a car on appointment. This criterion will be waived in the case of applicants whose disability prohibits driving but who have access to a form of transport approved by the Trust which will permit them to carry out the duties of the post.

For more information, and to apply, please visit:

The closing date for applications is Friday 24th May 2024 at 5:30pm

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