£1.5m investment means 31 new midwives ready to join maternity services at Royal Oldham and North Manchester General

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£1.5m investment means 31 new midwives ready to join maternity services at Royal Oldham and North Manchester General
19 December 2016

A SIGNIFICANT investment of over £1.5m made by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is helping to support staff and strengthen maternity services at The Royal Oldham Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital. 

The investment is part of the Trust’s Improvement Plan and has enabled the Trust to recently recruit 31 new fully qualified midwives.

Recruitment of additional midwives and a focus on clinical leadership continues to be the Trust’s priority for maternity services. Since April 2016, 58 new midwives have started in post across the Trust’s two maternity units at North Manchester and The Royal Oldham.

The new midwifery recruits, who started at the two maternity units in October, all have different levels of experience, from newly qualified midwives right up to experienced team leaders.  All have been taken on to fill existing vacancies. Four of the new midwives are from overseas.

Last year midwives working across the Trust helped pregnant women to give birth to 9,785 babies. The Trust employs around 360 hospital and community midwives across the organisation.

In total, 16 of the new midwives recruited will work at The Royal Oldham Hospital and 15 will be based at North Manchester General Hospital.

Helen Howard, newly appointed Divisional Director of Midwifery at The Pennine Acute Trust, said: “I am delighted to welcome our new midwives to the organisation. Staffing has been a challenge for us and having new midwives is going to make a real difference to the service. I look forward to the new recruits being part of the future of our maternity services.”

Fay Read, a newly qualified midwife at the Trust (pictured), said:

“I am thoroughly enjoying my new start as a midwife here at the Trust. I have felt well supported by my fellow new recruits, the existing midwives and the more senior staff since I began in October. I have enjoyed orientating to all the different clinical areas such as the birthing centre, community, labour ward, the antenatal, postnatal and labour wards.

“This is a highly rewarding job and I am enjoying every minute. I am looking forward to supporting the Trust and all the existing midwives in their plans to further improve maternity care at the Trust so that the women and new born babies we treat get the best care they possibly can do, on every occasion. It is great to see the Trust investing in new staff, new equipment and new IT systems. I am looking forward to the future and playing my part in making that future a successful one.”

In addition to these new staff, the new maternity management team is being supported by staff from St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester (which is run by Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust), who are providing supplementary clinical leadership support in order to stabilise and strengthen services in the North Manchester maternity unit.  

As part of the Trust’s Improvement Plan, the Trust is looking to continue its recruitment of qualified midwives. Further job vacancies will be advertised on the Current Vacancies page on the Pennine Acute Trust’s website at www.pat.nhs.uk and on NHS Jobs www.jobs.nhs.uk

Pictured: Fay Read, newly qualified Midwife at The Royal Oldham Hospital