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Ward Manager - Midwifery

Leadership & Management
Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Clinical Practice
  • Management

Area of Practice

  • Midwifery


  • Hospital Care

Job/Role Summary

  • Management responsibility for running of obstetric ward
  • Maintenance of woman-centred approach
  • Lead in development of clinical audit, midwifery audit and systems to develop evidence-based practice
  • Responsibility for effective team communication
  • Responsibility for Health Promotion and Health Education
  • Planning and implementation of staff rosters and annual leave within the constraints of existing resources
  • Development of new programmes of care for patients
  • Development of flexible rostering for staff
  • Ensuring policies and procedures are effectively implemented e.g. infection control policies
  • Budget management
  • Development of staff


Specific qualifications and experience required

  • Registered midwife
  • 5 years' post-registration midwifery experience within the last 6 years
  • Previous experience in managing a ward or department
  • Willingness to complete a degree in midwifery or other health related subject


Career Milestones

A number of years ago I was appointed as a steward for the Royal College of Midwives when I was given the opportunity to take part in the staff side and Trust joint negotiating meetings. This gave me knowledge of employment law and practice, experience of wider Trust issues and enhanced my communication skills. I was seconded as a regional officer to the Royal College of Midwives in 2003 for a nine month period which consolidated my experience and exposed me to midwifery issues at a regional level. I had the opportunity to 'act up' as a ward manager on two separate occasions for a period of 6 months each time. These opportunities highlighted for me the difficulties that arise within management and issues that can arise within a management post. From there I could see what I would find difficult and was then able to plan my development needs.


What attracted you to this job?

  • this post was promotion for me
  • I was able to job share in the post which was an important aspect for me to facilitate my work/life balance


Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

  • I am in a position to influence practice and affect change
  • I am in a position to motivate and encourage others in both practice and education
  • Having a balance between being able to participate in a clinical capacity in caring for women and their babies but also having a management responsibility for a unit


Important success factors

  • An excellent job share partner who has guided and supported me with her experience and knowledge of the unit
  • The support of a practice development team and taking part in their leadership master classes
  • Colleagues who have since moved on, who have been free with their support and advice


Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

You should accumulate as many varied experiences as you can. This will help you to 'see the broader picture'. The more exposure you give yourself to the various stakeholders within the National Health Service, the less of a 'shock' this job will be. Be confident in your work and in yourself, as you will be challenged every hour of your working day!


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

  • Diplomacy
  • Clarity of vision
  • The ability to help others see clearly


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