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Bereavement Midwife

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our team at Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as our Bereavement Lead Midwife. The successful candidate will provide leadership to the midwifery clinical teams in both the North and East sites in relation to bereaved women and their families. The bereavement midwife will ensure that women and families receive the support and follow up they require from maternity teams, following the loss of a pregnancy and/or a child birth related difficulty.

We are looking for an experienced, compassionate midwife who is dedicated to supporting families experiencing bereavement loss, as well as offering specialist bereavement support and training to the multidisciplinary team. Previous experience in this area would be an advantage but not necessary as full support will be provided. 

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role:

The successful candidate will be a registered Midwife with excellent midwifery practice skills, who will facilitate and provide personalised care to bereaved women and their families. Working with the boundaries of the National Bereavement Care Pathway the successful candidate will support staff to provide individualised care plans to support women and their families in area of specialism.

The Bereavement Midwife will provide clinical leadership within the maternity service, and will play an integral role in service delivery and development. The Bereavement Midwife will assist in the development of guidelines and care pathways in relation to stillbirths, pregnancy loss, medical termination & neonatal deaths.

The successful Midwife will hold responsibility for the collection of data for audit purpose and feedback recommendations from reports and relevant findings to key groups, leading on service delivery changes as required.

The Bereavement Midwife will be a key stakeholder in the Perinatal Mortality Review Tool expert panel, and will support the multidisciplinary team to implement learning & service delivery change following care reviews

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours a week

Interview Date: Friday 20th October 2023

For further information please contact: Ali Macefield, Head of Maternity and Gynaecology on

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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