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Head of Service for Maternity, Gynae & FNP

Leadership & Management
Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Management

Area of Practice

  • Midwifery


  • Hospital Care
  • Community/Primary Care

Job/Role Summary

Responsibility for management and professionalism of midwifery, gynaecology & FNP services. This involves the day to day running, service development, governance and budget holder.


Specific qualifications and experience required

Registered Nurse

Registered Midwife

Degreee in Midwifery

Diploma in Management


Career Milestones

5 years experience as senior manager with experience managing a service and staff. Completing degree course while working fill time.

Additional networking training Regional/UK for ALSO and NLS.


What attracted you to this job?

Career to date has been to improve and prepare women and families for birth and parenthood.


Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

Head of service can influence change and implement EBP.

Service improvements.

Develop of specialist roles.      


Challenging aspects of the job/role

Management of staff - disciplinary and capability processess.

Complete business cases.


Important success factors

Midwife led care.

Maternity strategy.

Implementation of OASIS.

Appointment of Bereavement Midwife.

Practice development.

MSW role.


Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

Management course.

Work with mangement for week to gain insight.


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

Communication is key skill to lead service and meeting users who are dissatisfied.

Learn from others in the MDT.

Networking within Region to share both learning.


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