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Job summary

The maternity support worker is expected to undertake an agreed range of extended skills to support the midwifery team service including working unsocial hours and weekends. The midwife will be responsible for all care and supervision; whilst the maternity support worker will not always work under direct and immediate supervision, the task being done must be within the framework of a care plan. The maternity support worker will be an effective member of the team and will provide support in a kind, considerate and professional manner to the woman and her family in providing holistic care. There may be occasions when the maternity support worker is required to work in other areas within the maternity department; whilst at all times working under the direction of the midwife present within the department

 

Main duties of the job

Duties of the Post

  • Work across all areas inpatient of maternity including Labour Ward/Birth Centre/Triage/Recovery and the Antenatal and Postnatal wards alongside the midwives working in that area
  • Greeting women and orientating them to the wards
  • Perform basic observations, urinalysis and phlebotomy if required
  • Perform basic observations on babies and escalate any deviations from the norm when appropriate
  • Give competent SBAR handovers to members of the team within your remit
  • Perform basic IT functions, documenting on our Badgernet system contemporaneously, the care given to women and babies
  • Assist the midwife in any basic tasks that need undertaking
  • Keeping areas and equipment clean and tidy
  • Stocking up store rooms, rooms and trolleys with appropriate resources and equipment
  • Work in and assist in maternity theatres, as required
  • Support the wider team however required, eg running simple errands, answering call bells and telephones
  • Work alongside the midwife to recognise those women who may need urgent attention and help escalate accordingly
  • Assist with infant feeding, using the BFI initiatives and participating in upholding our Gold accreditation, supporting new mothers with their feeding choice
  • Supporting women and babies in the immediate post- natal period, ensuring alongside the midwives maternal and fetal wellbeing

 

 

 

About us

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust provides a range of medical services to approximately 490,000 people living across southwest London and northeast Surrey. In addition, we provide more specialist services, in particular renal and neonatal intensive care, to a wider area, covering parts of Sussex and Hampshire.

We serve an area that is rich in diversity, with a mix of urban and rural areas, and differing levels of quality of life. We cover some of the most prosperous postcodes in the country, as well as some poorer areas. Together with our colleagues at NHS Surreyand NHS Sutton and Merton, we work to make sure that we deliver the best possible care to the communities we serve.

The Trust employs approximately 5,000 staff across its hospitals and issupported by over 500 volunteers.

 

 

Job description

Job responsibilities

Thank you for your interest in this role. Please see attached Job description for further details of the maternity support worker role.

 

Person Specification

Education

Essential

  • Good all round education to GSCE or equivalent

Desirable

  • Further relevant training

Skills and Experience

Essential

  • Clinical NHS Experience

Desirable

  • Experience in Maternity
  • Extended skills eg phlebotomy, ECG
  • Experience of working in triage/transitional care

Personal qualities

Essential

  • Effective team worker
  • Able to use own initiative
  • Excellent communication skills

Desirable

  • Familiar with the use of IT systems eg Badgernet, IPM, ICM

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

To apply for this job please visit findajob.dwp.gov.uk.