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Assistant Director of Midwifery - Out of hours

Job Locations Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital & Louth County Hospital
Posted Date 1 week ago(14/10/2021 10:40)
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Nursing & Midwifery
Closing Date


The post holder will be assigned to operational and strategic managerial functions as determined by the Director of Midwifery, with a special emphasis on out of hours Midwifery management.  This will include a strong focus on the provision of professional and clinical leadership across Midwifery and Nursing Services out of hours.


The post holder will be responsible for ensuring the provision of high quality evidenced based midwifery/nursing practice in designated areas of responsibility and will be responsible for maintaining and developing Maternity Services. In doing so the post holder will ensure service user centeredness approach to service development.


The post holder will have a lead role in the clinical governance of Maternity services out of hours. This will include; ensuring safe provision of care, contributing to the development of key process and outcome standards and objectives, the development of key performance indicators and monitoring of same, taking a lead in quality assurance programmes. To this end the post holder will be expected to influence and lead on identified clinical and non-clinical programmes as defined by the Director of Midwifery, with a special emphasis on out of hours midwifery management.

Organisational Context

The RCSI Hospital Group includes the following hospitals; 

  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Cavan General Hospital
  • Connolly Hospital
  • Louth County Hospital
  • Monaghan General Hospital
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
  • Rotunda Hospital

The Academic Partner for the Group is the RCSI.


RCSI Hospital Group provides a national service and a regional service to Dublin and the North East and is committed to the provision of world-class care, exceptional clinical services with respect and compassion.

Key Responsibilities

Management and Leadership


The Assistant Director of Midwifery will:

  • Lead and promote a high standard of Midwifery and Nursing care to women, infants, and their families.
  • Support the principle that the care of the patient comes first at all times and will approach their work with the flexibility and enthusiasm necessary to make this principle a reality for every patient to the greatest possible degree.
  • Participate in the appropriate and effective management of the service.
  • Participate in the development of the overall service plan and in the monitoring and review of activity against the plans.
  • Participate in the overall financial planning of the service including the assessment of priorities in pay and non-pay expenditure.
  • Assist with the direction and supervision of the Midwifery/Nursing service to provide a high level of patient care and clinic/functional area/sector management.
  • Provide innovative and effective leadership, support and advice to Midwifery/Nursing and allied staff at all levels.
  • Provide guidance to Midwifery/Nursing and other staff in the implementation of Midwifery/Nursing policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Maintain good employee relations and promote good communication with all relevant staff.
  • Give support and counsel to midwifery, nursing and allied staff as necessary and take action in accordance with agreed service policy, if necessary.
  • Plan and guide activities to provide optimum patient care in accordance with service policies and procedures, in keeping with the values of Midwifery and Nursing of compassion, caring and commitment.
  • Ensure adherence to all standards and guidelines relating to professional midwifery and nursing practice and behavior
  • Participate and engage in projects and service developments by representing senior midwifery/nurse on committees and groups.
  • Participate as a member of the senior team which covers the midwifery and nursing out of hours management rota.
  • Undertake other relevant duties as may be determined from time to time by the Director of Midwifery, with special emphasis on out of hours midwifery management. 

Professional /Clinical Responsibilities


The Assistant Director of Midwifery will:

  • Provide a high level of professional and clinical leadership.
  • Provide safe, comprehensive midwifery and nursing care to service users within the guidelines laid out by The Nursing and Midwifery Bord of Ireland (NMBI).
  • Practice midwifery / nursing according to Professional Clinical Guidelines, National guidelines, local policies, protocols and guidelines, current legislation.
  • Manage, monitor and evaluate professional and clinical standards ensuring an evidence based care planning approach.
  • Manage own case load in accordance with the needs of the post.
  • Participate in teams as appropriate, communicating and working in cooperation with the other team members and the wider multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Facilitate coordination, cooperation and liaison across health care teams and programmes.
  • Formulate, manage and implement best practice policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that service users and others are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Adhere and contribute to the development and maintenance of midwifery/nursing standards, protocols and guidelines consistent with the highest standards of patient care.
  • Maintain professional standards in relation to confidentiality, ethics and legislation.
  • Assist in the development of service policies and procedures and the implementation of same and to update them as required.
  • Participate in development of quality initiatives including project management, clinical audit, standard setting, investigation of complaints and untoward incidents.

Education and Training


The Assistant Director of Midwifery will:

  • Contribute to service development through appropriate continuous education, clinical governance meetings, research initiatives, keeping up to date with midwifery / nursing literature and research and new developments in Midwifery/Nursing management, education and practice and attend staff study days as considered appropriate
  • Provide support/advice to those engaging in continuous professional development in his/her area of responsibility and align to overall hospital/RCSI Group objectives.
  • Participate in the identification, development and delivery of induction, education, training and development programmes for midwifery/nursing and non-nursing staff.
  • Participate in in-service training, orientation programmes, probation management and appraisals of Midwifery/Nursing staff. Also, participate in midwifery/nurse training programmes and any other programmes pertaining to future development in the hospital.
  • Provide support supervision and professional development of appropriate staff.
  • Engage in performance review processes including personal development planning e.g., by setting own and staff objectives and providing and receiving feedback.

Clinical Governance, Quality Assurance, Risk, Health & Safety


The Assistant Director of Midwifery will:

  • Ensure that effective safety procedures are developed and managed to comply with statutory obligations.
  • Be aware of risk management issues, identify risks and take appropriate action.
  • Participate and assist in the organisation of clinical governance meetings within WAC directorate.
  • Has responsibility for leading quality care metrics within the specialties.
  • Comply with the policies, procedures and safe professional practice of the Irish Healthcare System by adhering to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Assist in the development, implementation and review of Health and Safety statements, risk registers ensuring they are reviewed and updated annually.
  • The post holder has a duty to familiarise themselves with the relevant organisational policies, procedures and standards and attend training as appropriate.
  • The post holder will assist the Director of Midwifery in ensuring that all staff in the area of responsibility have the necessary education, training, and support to enable them to meet their responsibilities.
  • Log appropriately and report any near misses, hazards and accidents and bring them to the attention of the relevant person(s).
  • Manage complaints in a timely manner in collaboration with the Consumer Services department.
  • Maintain a feedback mechanism and report to senior management where appropriate.
  • Support the introduction of any recommendations for key reports.
  • Work in a safe manner with due care and attention to the safety of self and others.
  • Ensure adherence to policies in relation to the care and safety of any equipment supplied for the fulfillment of duty. Ensure advice of relevant stakeholders is sought prior to procurement and training is provided to staff on the use of equipment.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the role e.g. National Standards for Safer Better Maternity Services, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards etc.
  • Support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.
  • Ensure that all staff reporting to him/her renew their registration with NMBI annually and provide a copy with a signed Patient Safety Assurance form.

Performance Management


The Assistant Director of Midwifery will:

  • Drive, promote and support a performance measurement and management culture.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Midwifery develop a Performance Management system for the midwifery/nursing profession in their area.
  • The management and delivery of KPIs / Midwifery/Nursing Metrics and other quality measurement tools in ward / departments as a routine and core business objective.
  • The development of Action Plans to address non-attainment of KPI targets.
  • To develop individual Plan of Actions (POAs) with the Director of Midwifery and agree performance targets.  

Risk Management, Infection Control, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety

  • The management of Risk, Infection Control, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety is the responsibility of everyone and will be achieved within a progressive, honest and open environment.
  • The post holder must be familiar with the necessary education, training and support to enable them to meet this responsibility.
  • The post holder has a duty to familiarise themselves with the relevant Organisational Policies, Procedures & Standards and attend training as appropriate in the following areas:
    • Continuous Quality Improvement Initiatives
    • Risk Management Strategy and Policies
    • Hygiene Related Policies, Procedures and Standards
    • Decontamination Code of Practice
    • Infection Control Policies
    • Safety Statement, Health & Safety Policies and Fire Procedure
    • Data Protection and confidentiality Policies
  • The post holder is responsible for ensuring that they become familiar with the requirements stated within the Risk Management Strategy and that they comply with the Group’s Risk Management Incident/Near miss reporting Policies and Procedures.
  • The post holder is responsible for ensuring that they comply with hygiene services requirements in their area of responsibility. Hygiene Services incorporates environment and facilities, hand hygiene, catering, cleaning, the management of laundry, waste, sharps and equipment.
  • The post holder must foster and support a quality improvement culture through-out their area of responsibility in relation to hygiene services.
  • It is the post holders’ specific responsibility for Quality & Risk Management, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety
  • The post holder must take reasonable care for his or her own actions and the effect that these may have upon the safety of others.
  • The post holder must cooperate with management, attend Health & Safety related training and not undertake any task for which they have not been authorised and adequately trained.
  • The post holder is required to bring to the attention of a responsible person any perceived shortcoming in the safety arrangements or any defects in work equipment.
  • It is the post holder’s responsibility to be aware of and comply with the HSE Health Care Records Management/Integrated Discharge Planning (HCRM / IDP) Code of Practice.
  • Support the investigation of clinical incidents/near misses and feedback to the MDT on relevant findings.
  • Support the ongoing Management of complaints, Clinical incidents, near misses, claims.


  • The identification and development of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which are congruent with the hospital’s service plan targets.
  • The development of Action Plans to address KPI targets.
  • Driving and promoting a Performance Management culture.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Midwifery, assist in the development of a Performance Management system for your profession.
  • The management and delivery of KPIs as a routine and core business objective.


  • Employees must attend fire lectures periodically and must observe fire orders.
  • All accidents within the Department must be reported immediately.
  • Infection Control Policies must be adhered to.
  • In line with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 all staff must comply with all safety regulations and audits.
  • In line with the Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Act 2004, smoking within the Hospital Buildings is not permitted.
  • Hospital uniform code must be adhered to.
  • Provide information that meets the need of Senior Management.
  • To support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.

Essential Criteria

Statutory Registration, Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc.

  • Eligible applicants will be those who on the closing date for the competition:


Are registered, or be eligible for registration, in the Midwives Division of the Register of Nurses and Midwives as, maintained by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland [NMBI] (Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann).




Have 7 years post registration midwifery experience and 3 years midwifery management experience at Clinical Midwife Manager 2 (CMM 2) grade or above




Have successfully completed a post registration programme of study, as certified by the education provider, which verifies that the applicant has achieved a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) major academic Level 8 or higher award maintained by Quality & Qualifications of Ireland (QQI) or can provide written evidence from the Higher Education Institute that they have achieved the number of ECTS credits equivalent to a Level 8 or higher standard in a  health care or management related area.

Or are willing to complete a level 8 within 2 years of taking up the post





Candidates must possess the requisite clinical, leadership, managerial and administrative knowledge and ability, for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.


Annual registration



Practitioners must maintain live annual registration in the Midwives Division of the Register of Nurses and Midwives maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland [NMBI] (Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann).




Practitioners must confirm annual registration with the NMBI to the HSE by way of the annual Patient Safety Assurance Certificate (PSAC).



Age restriction shall only apply to a candidate where s/he is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age on the first day of the month in which the latest date for receiving completed application forms for the office occurs.



Candidates for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.



Candidates for and any person holding the office must be of good character.

Skills & Competencies

Technical & Professional Knowledge

Has a command over the technical/ professional skills and knowledge required within the job holder’s role and continues to upskill to maintain high professional standards and continuous professional development requirements


Commitment to Quality & Risk Management

The ability to focus on understanding stakeholder’s needs and expectations and to respond effectively and efficiently to them. Has a good knowledge of and is committed to offer a quality service through the achievement of goals, accreditation standards, other organisation/department standards and risk management frameworks and guidelines.


Leadership and Management

Manages performance to deliver team goals; demonstrates accountability for leading, directing, monitoring and evaluating RCSI Hospital Group services. Creates a climate in which people want to do their best. Promotes confidence and positive attitude; influences others to follow a common goal.


Building & Maintaining Relationships

Builds and maintains relationships with a network of people. Recognises the two way nature of relationships and works to develop mutually beneficial partnerships. Interacts with others in a manner that builds respect and fosters trust.


Problem Solving & Decision Making

Identifies and solves problems by understanding the situation, seeking additional information, developing and weighing alternatives, and choosing the most appropriate course of action given the circumstances.


Communication & Interpersonal Skills

Speaks and writes clearly, fluently and effectively to both individuals and groups; communicates in a manner that will persuade, convince and influence others, in order to motivate, inspire or encourage them to follow a particular course of action.


This Job Description is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the position and is subject to regular review and amendment. The role holder will be required to be flexible in this position and is expected to facilitate working additional hours on occasion, when requested.


The RCSI Hospital Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


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