Maternity boost as new midwives recruited at Pennine Acute Trust

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Maternity boost as new midwives recruited at Pennine Acute Trust
22 December 2015

TWENTY four newly qualified midwives have been successfully recruited to work at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust as part of a huge recruitment drive in maternity services at The Royal Oldham Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital.

Eleven midwives have been recruited to posts at North Manchester General Hospital, 11 to The Royal Oldham Hospital, one to community maternity services at Oldham and one to the Bluebell birth centre at North Manchester General Hospital.

The new midwives have been in post since 2 November.

Diane Chadderton, community matron, said: “We recognise how important it is for our new midwives to feel fully supported whilst they settle into their new roles. We therefore arranged for them to meet daily during their first week and introduced a new preceptor package which will support them during their rotation to different areas within the maternity units. During the rotation they have a named mentor who will help them to settle in and there is also a supervisor who will support them during clinical practice.”

Jen Michaels has started work in community midwifery at Oldham. She said: “I live in Oldham and had my children at The Royal Oldham Hospital. The care I received was excellent and this inspired me to become a midwife.

“During my training I received great support from all the maternity team. I felt the transition to midwife would be wonderful for me to work within this established team. I have now got my dream job working within the community.“

Sarit Neumann and Maigread Hickey have started work on North Manchester General Hospital’s postnatal ward. Sarit said: “I wanted to work for Pennine Acute Trust because it is highly recommended by my local community. My new role on the postnatal ward is challenging, yet very rewarding, in a supportive environment.”

Cathy Trinick, head of midwifery at Pennine Acute Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome our new midwives and hope they enjoy being part of our midwifery teams. For a number of the new midwives, this is the beginning of their career in midwifery and we are pleased they have chosen Pennine Acute as the unit that they want to begin this journey. Myself and all our midwives will support our new staff as they settle into their new roles.”

Pictured above Maigread and Sarit with new arrivals at North Manchester. Top - the new midwives on their induction course.


The Royal Oldham Hospital's maternity unit, children's unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) fully opened in December 2012. The £44m facility is a purpose-built four storey building with antenatal wards, labour delivery rooms, a midwife-led birth centre, obstetric theatres, children's unit and paediatric theatre, and a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It serves communities and families across Oldham and Rochdale.

The maternity unit at North Manchester General Hospital opened in 2010.  The £32m facility provides a full range of high quality services to women, children and babies including: a children’s day surgery unit, Kids’ Observation and Assessment Liaison Area (KOALA), children’s inpatient unit, antenatal ward, postnatal ward, delivery suite/labour ward and operating theatres, Neonatal Unit/ Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) and midwife-led birth centre.