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Antenatal Screening Coordinator

Clinical Practice
Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Clinical Practice
  • Public Health
  • Quality Improvement
  • Education
  • Management
  • Policy/Strategy Development

Area of Practice

  • Midwifery

Settings

  • Hospital Care

Job/Role Summary

As an antenatal screening coordinator I am responsible for the management, coordination and smooth running of the antenatal infection screening programme within BHSCT.

  • I act as a specialist in the field of antenatal screening and diagnosis, assisting and advising midwives and other health professionals in the care of women undergoing testing.
  • I liaise with appropriate departments and external support agencies to ensure a rapid and co-ordinated response following prenatal testing and diagnosis congruent with the wishes of the woman and her partner.
  • I monitor, audit and maintain registers as appropriate for the antenatal screening service.
  • I assist in developing the programme in the light of new research and guidance.
  • I ensure that the programme meets locally agreed policies and protocols as well as nationally set standards and guidance.
  • I report any possible risks or critical adverse incidents arising from the screening programme to the Clinical Midwifery Manager and act to manage them accordingly.
  • I develop and participate in the education and training needs of all health professionals involved in the programme.
  • I develop and maintain appropriate documentation systems for the screening programme.
  • I have a liaison role regarding antenatal screening between the hospital and any relevant outside agencies.
  • I participate in the completion of the antenatal screening surveillance quarterly return forms for the Public Health Agency.
  • I produce an annual report for the Maternity Service, to include information on the uptake of tests, sensitivity and specificity, and women’s views.

 

Specific qualifications and experience required

Registered Midwife with specialist knowledge and skills in antenatal screening.

 

Career Milestones

Registered Nurse (1985)

Registered Midwife (1990)

Diploma in Professional Studies in Midwifery

Examination of the Newborn

Hospital Night Sister (2001) and Ward Sister (2005)

Supervisor of Midwives

 

What attracted you to this job?

In 2011, I was working as a ward manager in the postnatal ward. At that time there was a restructuring of maternity services and I was asked to consider taking on the role of the Antenatal Screening Coordinator. I reluctantly took on the role, however in the last eight years I have grown and developed the antenatal screening service within the BHSCT to improve the continuity of care for women with positive antenatal infection screens as well as provide learning and development opportunities for a wide range of healthcare staff.

 

Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

The most enjoyable aspect of my work will always be working with women to provide them with the appropriate advice and support especially when there is a diagnosis of HIV, hepatitis or syphilis. Being able to offer reassurance and support to these woman so that they can have a positive experience and an enjoyable pregnancy are so important.

I also enjoy working at part of a multidisciplinary team providing a service to improve outcomes for mothers and babies.

 

Challenging aspects of the job/role

Keeping staff updated with the latest information so that they can provide the best care for women and their babies.

Delivering mandatory training programmes.

 

Important success factors

I feel that developing, running, monitoring and updating the antenatal screening service is my greatest success. Achieving high compliance rates within audits, improvement in the care provided to women and an increased understanding of antenatal screening programmes among staff and clients has also been a positive aspect of my work.

 

Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

Research the role in detail and consider what this would mean for their future career developments.

Have an interest in antenatal care and commitment to women with complex needs.

Be comfortable with presenting information/training to large numbers of staff on a regular basis.

Be prepared to audit and compile reports on a regular basis to assess the screening programmes.

 

Key skills that can be gained within this job/role?

I feel I have developed an in-depth knowledge in this specialist field.

I have developed my communication skills to support service users and health professionals, in particular, managing resistance to change.

I have gained confidence in presenting to an audience and adjusting my education programmes based on feedback from staff.   

 

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