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Maternity Governance Lead

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Maternity Services
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (On-call requirement for post)
Job ref
Russells Hall Hospital
Dependant on experience
30/03/2023 23:59

Job overview

We are strengthening the Maternity Governance team at Dudley Group and are seeking an experienced, motivated individual to lead our risk management and clinical governance agenda.

The Maternity Governance lead will report to the Head of Midwifery and is responsible through strong leadership and effective management to deliver the quality, risk and governance agenda required to ensure that a high standard of safe, evidence-based care is consistently delivered and evaluated. They will provide oversight of governance, standards, safety and compliance to drive the development of a patient safety culture and safety systems, working internally and externally to the Trust in networks to share good practice, drive improvement and ensure robust governance.  


The Maternity Governance Lead will support quality improvement initiatives and implementation of local, regional and national recommendations. They will co-ordinate internal and external reporting requirements in relation to risk management, standards and governance. They will have a close working relationship with the Trust’s governance team, representing the division and maternity issues at a senior level, and supporting the Trust wide risk and governance agenda.

There will be an on call commitment with this post.

Main duties of the job

Please refer to the attached job description for full details of the main duties and responsibilities that the post holder is required to undertake.

Working for our organisation

At the Dudley Group our patients and staff are at the heart of all that we do and that is to provide a world class service that aligns with our vision of “excellent health care, improved health for all”. We are seeking to recruit staff who share our vision and values of making Dudley Group an incredible workplace.

We are committed to becoming a diverse and an inclusive employer and where people feel sense of belonging. Seeking to expand diversity within our teams, we positively encourage applications from under-represented groups such as ethnically diverse, disabled and LGBTQ+ groups. We are also under-represented in-terms of gender within nursing roles and we would welcome applications from people from male and non-binary backgrounds.

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust recognises the values and transferable skills that the Armed Forces community bring and recognise their compatibility with NHS roles.

We are committed to home life balance through flexible working and making reasonable adjustments where possible.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for full details of the main duties and responsibilities that the post holder is required to undertake.

Person specification

Qualifications and experience

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of degree level study / or equivalent experience within the healthcare setting
  • Masters level qualification, or equivalent experience working at a senior level
  • Evidence of further professional and personal development
Desirable criteria
  • Registered Midwife

Knowledge and Training

Essential criteria
  • Completion of recognised training for RCA investigation
  • Knowledge and ability to use databases, Outlook, Word and Excel (Microsoft office) and DATIX.


Essential criteria
  • Proven ability to develop and communicate a long-term vision for patient safety and convert that into plans, objectives and deliverables for their organisation
  • Experience of driving improvement for the safety of patients and implementing change projects and quality improvement at senior/corporate level
  • Have previous experience / responsibility for clinical governance systems (NHS governance)

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in People: GoldMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident leaderArmed Forces Covenant Bronze AwardENEI TIDE Gold 2021Care Leaver CovenantNHS Pastoral Care

Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Claire Macdiarmidq
Job title
Head of Midwifery
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Claire Macdiarmid, Head of midwifery


01384 456111 ext 1513.