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					                                            Directorate of Human Resources
                                            Recruitment Team
                                            Flat 3
                                            Willow Drive
                                            Fife, KY1 2LS
                                            Tel 01592 643355
                                            Fax 01592 204611

                                            Date                       As per postmark
                                            Your Ref
                                            Our Ref                    Please see below

                                            Enquiries to               Recruitment
                                            Extension                  1765
                                            Direct Line
                                            Email:                     fife-uhb.recruitment@nhs.net

Dear Sir/Madam


Thank you very much for your interest in the above post. I have pleasure in enclosing an application
pack which includes, a job description, application form, terms and conditions, person specification and
procedure for the disclosures of criminal records. Please be advised that the application form must be
completed in full as unfortunately we cannot accept a CV enclosure.

When providing referees on the application form please be aware we require references to cover a
minimum of a three year period. If the period of time both referees have known you is less than three
years you will be required to provide additional referees. This can be indicated on an additional sheet of
paper and where possible please give us email addresses for contact.

Should you wish to make an enquiry to the Recruitment Team regarding a vacancy please ensure that
you quote the reference number.

Please be advised that if you do not hear from us within 4 weeks of the closing date then you have been
unsuccessful in your application.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for the interest that you have shown in NHS Fife.

Yours faithfully

Recruitment Team
Recruitment Team


                   INTERESTED IN

HOURS: 22.5



Reference Number: HH314/10/10

Pay Banding: 6 - £25,472 - £34,189 PRO RATA

Hours of Duty: 22.5 & 30*


*Applications on a secondment basis will be considered providing you have agreement
from your current line manager.

Annual Leave:       27 days on commencement
                    29 days after 5 years service
                    33 days after 10 years service

Public Holidays:    8 fixed public holidays

The leave year extends from 1 April to 31 March.

Part time staff will receive a pro-rata entitlement for annual leave and public holidays combined
as per the Agenda For Change agreement.

Reckonable service may be credited for annual leave purposes in accordance with the Agenda
for Change Agreement.

Sick Pay
Entitlements to Statutory Sick Pay and Occupational Sick Pay will be determined in accordance
with the Agenda for Change Agreement. Reckonable service may be credited for Sick Pay
purposes providing there has been no break in service of 12 months or more at time of
appointment in accordance with Agenda for Change Agreement.

On commencement with the organisation staff will be asked if they wish to join the scheme
although they may choose to join or leave the scheme at any time. Contribution rates will vary
from 5% to 8.5% depending on pensionable earnings.

If an employee opts not to join the scheme they will automatically contribute to the State
Earnings Related Pension Scheme (SERPS) unless excluded from doing so or have arranged a
Personal Pension.

Occupational Health Clearance
Any offer of employment is subject to satisfactory Occupational Health clearance. Should you
be invited to interview you will be asked to complete a Pre-Employment Health Questionnaire
which you should bring to interview. The Occupational Health Service (OHSAS) will make an
assessment on your fitness to carry out the post based on the information contained within the
questionnaire. In certain circumstances further information is required before clearance can be
given and OHSAS may contact you by telephone or request that you attend for an appointment.
Clearance must be obtained before any new employee commences employment within NHS
Fife. Clearance may be subject to you attending for a Post-Employment appointment and it is
vital that you attend this appointment if required to do so.

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
Under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, many people need not refer to
previous convictions which, after a certain period of time, are regarded as spent. Certain posts
within the National Health Service, however, are excluded from the provisions of this Act. All
potential employees must disclose on the application form any unspent convictions and certain
potential employees are required to inform us of any previous convictions which, for other
purposes, are “spent” under the provisions of this Act. Failure to disclose such information
could result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the organisation. Any information given will be
treated in the strictest confidence. Please refer to the NHS Fife Procedure for the Declaration
of Criminal Convictions for further information.

No Smoking Policy
NHS Fife operates a No Smoking Policy and it is the case that staff are not permitted to smoke
on the premises or during working hours. It is a condition of employment that you comply with
these requirements.

Agenda for Change Implementation and Variations to Contract of Employment
Agenda for Change is a nationally agreed remuneration, job evaluation, personal development
and terms and conditions framework which will apply to all NHS Scotland staff (except very
senior managers and staff within the remit of the Doctors‟ and Dentists‟ Review Body). This
means that you will be subject to the terms and conditions contained within this agreement and
also any subsequent national or local agreements or variations made in respect of Agenda for
Change. Such changes will automatically be applied to you and your contract of employment
will be deemed to have been amended on this basis.

Work Permits
If a candidate who requires a work permit is appointed to a post a work permit application will
be made by NHS Fife. However, current Home Office regulations dictate that employers are
not in a position to offer employment to candidates requiring a work permit where it can be
demonstrated that EEA candidates meet the minimum requirements for the post.

Job Share
Unless otherwise stated within the job advert applications for this post may be considered on a
job share basis. Should you wish to apply on a job share basis please indicate this on a
covering letter attached to the application form.
Guidance for completing the NHSScotland
application form

If you need this, or any of the attached forms in large print or other

formats please call our recruitment office on 01592 643355 ext 8706

or 7906.

An electronic version is available at www.jobs.scot.nhs.uk

General guidance

     If you have any questions or need some help with completing the form, please call 01592
      643355 ext 8706 or 7906 or email fife-uhb.recruitment@nhs.net. Please have the job
      reference number handy if possible

     If you are using the „hard copy‟ version of our application form, please use black ink and
      write clearly in BLOCK CAPITALS. This makes the form much easier to read and
      clearer when we photocopy it

     The job reference number can be copied from the job advert or the application pack

     The job location will be on the job advert

     The candidate number will be written in by us once you have returned the form to our

     The people who look through your completed form (short listing or short leeting team) to
      see if you have the skills and abilities needed for the job, will only see „Part C‟ of the
      form. They will only see your candidate number and all personal details will be

     Please do not send in a CV instead of, or as well as, the application form. We do not
      consider CVs during the selection process

     Please fill in all sections of the application form. If some parts are not relevant, write „not
      applicable‟ or „N/A‟ in that space
      If you need more space to complete any section, please use extra sheets of paper. Do
       not put your name or any identifying information on it as it needs to remain anonymous.
       Secure it to the relevant section, and we will add a candidate number to it when we
       receive it

      When you have completed all of the form, please send it to:

       Recruitment Section
       NHS Fife
       Flat 3
       Willow Drive
       KY1 2LS

Personal Details section

      This gives us your contact details such as name and address. Under „title‟ you would put
       either Mr, Mrs, Ms, Dr or just leave blank if you prefer

      We may need to contact you at some time throughout the recruitment process. Please
       let us know the most suitable method of contacting you, for example email or phone call
       and the most convenient time


      Please refer to the enclosed Procedure for the Disclosure of Criminal Convictions.
       For certain posts you must tell us about all convictions and cautions regardless of how
       long ago the offence may have occurred. Convictions from other countries must also be
       notified. If in doubt please call our office at the help line number on page one of this

      Please note that having a conviction will not automatically disqualify you from getting a
       job with us. Careful consideration will be given to the relevance of the offence to the
       particular post in question. However, if you are appointed, and it is found that you did
       not reveal a previous conviction your employment may be terminated

      Remember to read, consider and sign the declaration at the bottom of page 2

Qualifications section

      Please tell us of any qualifications you have. This can include school standard grades,
       GCSEs highers, or work based qualifications such as SVQs or NVQs

      Remember to write down any „non formal‟ qualifications or certificates that you think are
       relevant to the job you are applying for
Present (or most recent) post section

      If you are currently out of work, please write this in the „job title‟ space

      Please write your start date in month/year format MM/YYYY

      Please tell us briefly about your duties (what you do or did in your job). You could tell us
       your role, the main tasks, and any responsibility for supervising others. There is not a lot
       of space here so continue on a separate sheet if you need to

Employment History section

      This is where you write down all the jobs you have done previously

      Remember that if a job you have done in the past supports or is similar to the job you
       are applying for, please tell us more about it in your „support of application‟ statement on
       page 6 of the application form – use a separate sheet if you need more space

References section

      Referees are people who know you at work. Please give the full names and addresses
       of 2 referees, one of whom must be your present or most recent employer and can
       confirm your job details

      Your referees must cover a three year time period and should where possible be work
       based references.

      Please where ever possible provide an email address for your referee.

      You should check that the people you have put on your form are happy to be referees

      Your referees will not be contacted unless you are a „preferred candidate‟ after
       interview. A preferred candidate is someone who is the preferred choice for the job,
       subject to satisfactory checks where appropriate

Driving Licence

      You only need to complete this if the job requires you to drive. Please check the job
       description or person specification. For example, some jobs with the Ambulance Service
       require you to be able to drive class C1 and D1 vehicles

Statement in support of your application

      This is one of the most important parts of the form. In here you say why it is you want
       this job, and can list all your skills and abilities that you think help to match up you
       against the „person specification‟. In here you could describe how something you have
       done in a non work setting (for example, planning and leading a group outing) shows
       planning skill and some leadership qualities
Where did you see the advert section

      Please try to remember where you heard about this job, and tick the relevant box. The
       information you give will help us find out how good our advertising is

Equal opportunities monitoring

      Please note that all details on this section (Part D) will remain totally anonymous. It will
       be detached from the rest of the form as soon as we get it and remain anonymous

      We want to ensure that there are no barriers to joining our workforce. As an employer,
       NHSScotland is as fully inclusive as possible. One way we can ensure this is to analyse
       all the data provided in this section and ensure that job opportunities are being accessed
       by as wide a community as possible.

                 Please send the completed form to the following address:


                                   or post your hard copy to:

          Recruitment Section
          NHS Fife
          Flat 3
          Willow Drive
          KY1 2LS
                           Support into Work
             Have you experience of a mental health problem?

             Want help with the application process for a post with NHS Fife or Fife

             Would you benefit from some support even after you start work?

             Are you unemployed and live in Fife?

Then Support into Work can provide free, independent and confidential support through the
whole process of applying for a job with either NHS Fife or Fife Council and, if successful, for
the first few weeks after starting work.

Support into Work is a two-year pilot funded by the Scottish Executive to increase access to
employment for unemployed people experiencing mental health difficulties who live within Fife.

The service is provided by Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) a well-respected voluntary
organisation with 10years experience or supporting people with mental health problems into

FEAT is independent of both NHS Fife and Fife Council and the fact that someone has
received support will not adversely affect the recruitment outcome.

For more information on the support available or if you would like to take advantage of the
service contact:

                               Fife Employment Access Trust

                                     Collydean Cottage
                                      Pitmedden Loan
                                    Glenrothes KY7 6UG

                                      Tel: 01592 749880

                               Email: enquires@f-e-a-t.co.uk

              Please do not send completed application form to this address

1.     Introduction

NHS Fife complies fully with the Code of Practice, issued by Scottish Ministers, in connection
with the use of information provided to the registered person and other recipients of information
by Disclosure Scotland Part V of the Police Act 1997, for the purposes of assessing applicants‟
suitability for positions of trust.

We undertake to treat all applicants for positions fairly and not to discriminate unfairly against
the subject of a disclosure on the basis of conviction or other information revealed.

2.     Spent Convictions

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 enables some criminal convictions to become „spent‟
after a rehabilitation period. The length of the rehabilitation period depends on the sentence
given and not the offence committed. For custodial sentences the rehabilitation period is
decided by the original sentence and the length of time actually served is irrelevant. Custodial
sentences of more than 2.5 years can never become spent.

3.     Disclosing Spent and Unspent Convictions

In line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 for any post within NHS Fife you are
required to disclose any “unspent” convictions.

If you are applying for any posts listed below you are also required to provide us with any
information in relation to all “spent” convictions.

           Clinical Posts (including Nursing, Medical, Dental and AHP posts)
           Director of Finance & Heads of Finance Department
           Ward Clerks
           Public Health Posts
           Health Promotion Posts
           Porters
           Volunteers
           Hairdressers
           Catering & Domestic Posts within Inpatient Areas
4.       Disclosure Scotland (SCRO)

The aim of the Disclosure Scotland Service is to enhance public safety and to help employers
nd voluntary organisations in Scotland to make safer recruitment decisions. Any offer of
employment to a post identified as requiring “spent” convictions to be disclosed will be subject
to a satisfactory Disclosure Scotland check.

5.      Procedure for Disclosing Convictions

If you have an unspent or spent conviction and you are required to disclose this to NHS Fife
you should do this by completing the section “Convictions” within Part B of the application form
giving details of the following:-

    The Nature of the offence
    The Sentence given
    The Date of the Offence

6.      Interview

If you are selected for interview, members of the interview panel will not be aware of any
declaration you have made. Should you be selected as the preferred candidate following
interview we will undertake to ensure an open and measured discussion on the subject of any
offences or other matters that might be considered relevant for the position concerned. We
guarantee that only those who need to see it as part of the recruitment process will only see this

7.      Failure to reveal information

Failure to reveal information that is directly relevant to the position sought could lead to
withdrawal of an offer of employment. If you are offered employment such a failure may result
in dismissal or disciplinary action.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily debar you from working with NHS Fife. This will
depend on the nature of the position, together with the circumstances and background of your

8.      Queries

If you have any queries on this matter then please contact our recruitment office who will be
able to assist you.
                                          JOB DESCRIPTION


Job Title:         Community Midwife

Responsible to:    Clinical Co-ordinator, Community & Outpatient Services

Department(s):      Community Midwifery

Directorate:        Women & Children‟s Directorate

Operating Division: Acute Division

Job Reference:

No of Job Holders: 31

Last Update (insert date): 31.01.2005

To be responsible for the delivery of the highest quality of care to patients, their relatives and
significant others, by seeking, sharing and using information to manage the resources to their
maximum effectiveness and efficiency.

       The Women & Children‟s Health Directorate provides maternity, gynaecology, acute
       paediatrics and genitourinary medicine services to the population of Fife.

       Services are provided across four main sites in Fife: Victoria and Forth Park Hospitals in
       Kirkcaldy, Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline and St Andrews Memorial Hospital,
       St Andrews. Clinics for all specialities are held in community settings across Fife.

       The Directorate has 350WTE staff, and an annual budget of £14.5m.

       Activity figures are as follows:

       Births       3200 Maternity inpatients 10,000                  new outpatients
       Gynaecology       new outpatients      6500 daycase 700       inpatients 2500
       Neonatal Unit           admissions           400
       Paediatrics       new outpatients      900        ambulatory care 600
inpatients 4300
       GU Medicine             clinic attendances 6500

                                        Clinical Director

     Women and Children’s Clinical                           Directorate Manager

                                     Clinical Co-ordinator

             Community Midwife       Community Midwife          Community Midwife



     To provide a high quality and safe and supportive environment in order to care for
     parents and children within the Women & Children‟s Directorate meeting the physical
     and psycho-social needs.
1. To manage own caseload referring as appropriate

2. To provide high quality patient care by assessing and planning care needs and continually
   evaluating the outcomes.

3. To provide antenatal, intrapartum care and postnatal home visits and run antenatal clinics in
   the community setting. e.g. home birth

4. To advise on the promotion of health and the prevention of illness.

5. To be skilled in intra partum care provision including high risk cases.

6. To provide clinical expertise and midwifery skills to support the client and family in the

7. To provide pre and post-screening counselling e.g. Cystic fibrosis, Double test , H.I.V.

8. To carry out and supervise the application of clinical procedures.

9. To communicate effectively with patients, relatives and the multidisciplinary team.

10. To be accountable for record keeping within agreed standards e.g. NMC Guidelines for
    records and record keeping.

11. To be aware and have an understanding of current child protection guidelines referring as

12. To implement agreed local and national clinical policies and guidelines

13. Screening and referral of women identified at risk of postnatal depression.

1. To monitor the use of midwifery resources to obtain their most efficient and effective use.

2. To act as the role model for junior staff and learners in training.

3. Time management.

4. Involved in the development of departmental policies and other departments within the

1. Facilitate clinical supervision. May also be a clinical supervisor.

2. May be a Supervisor of Midwives

3. Contribute to the provision of clinical practice experience for pre and        post-registration

4. Provide education to patients/clients relatives and significant others e.g. parenthood
    education/health education.

5. Involved in the collection of data for audit purposes e.g breast feeding audit, postnatal
   depression audit, nurse-led activity audit.


The community midwife is expected to have a knowledge of all equipment used within the
maternity unit (however may not have daily clinical involvement0.
Examples of equipment used include equipment used at home delivery, cardiotocograph, dynamap,
gemini pumps, pca pumps, syringe drivers, entonox apparatus, specialist delivery beds, blood gas
analyser, resuscitaire, ventouse machine, weighing scales, birthing pool, mobile phone and long
range radio pager,
TV and video, Powerpoint projector, overhead projector.

Budgetscan                                                Stock control/monitoring
Patient administration system                             Pharmacy
Birth registration system                                 Scan/lab. requests
Results reporting/imaging                                 Off Duty
K2 CTG training system
General practitioner electronic record systems

   Review of work is measured against set objectives as agreed with the Line Manager
    annually via the Personal Development Plan process and more frequently if required

   Statutory supervision is a separate process but it may inform the Personal Development

   Work is generated by caseload demands

Assessment and analysis of patient condition, making judgements and referring as appropriate
regarding a range of physical, social and emotional care required

Expected to make highly complex autonomous clinical decisions regarding patient care throughout
the course of the working day in lone working situations supported by a structure for referral and
advice .e.g domestic abuse, child abuse

Analyse information regarding child protection issues and referring as appropriate
   To work closely with the Partnership Agencies e.g. GP‟s, Social Services, Health Visitors.

   To be a lone worker in the community setting often during the 24 hour clock and dealing with
    obstetric emergencies

   Dealing sensitively with breaking bad news, dealing with distressed patients and relatives

       The post holder communicates regularly with the patient and their relatives to devise care
        plans, discuss antenatal screening and other highly sensitive topics e.g. domestic
        violence, substance misuse, child protection issues, congenital abnormality.

       The post holder regularly communicates with the directorate team, Community Health
        Partnerships, supplies department, professionals allied to medicine and other

       Must be able to maintain confidentiality.

    (Insert as appropriate to area - indicating level and frequency)

    Physical Skills
    Undertake venepuncture and injections 3-4 times a day.
    Perform vaginal examination occasionally
    Insertion and removal of sutures daily
    Perform normal delivery of babies at home birth or working in labour ward
    Perform newborn screening tests 2-3 times daily e.g. Guthrie Test
    Basic I.T skills daily
    Transport of equipment daily
    Resuscitation of the adult and newborn

    Physical Demands
    Stand/walking and driving for the majority of the shift
    Manual handling of patients up to 20 times daily
    Awkward positioning at times eg home birth, assisting breast feeding mothers
    Weighing of babies up to 4Kg using hand held scales daily

    Mental Demands
    Retention and communication of complex information regarding patient care
    Concentration required for extended periods (1.5 hours) when undertaking patient booking
    Concentration required for all or most of the shift when caring for one women in labour
    Concentration required when assessing CTG tracings, checking documents/patients notes
    and whilst subject to interruptions by telephone/relatives
    Facilitate preparation for parenthood classes
    Emotional demands
    Frequently communicating with distressed/anxious/worried clients and relatives more than
    once a week.
    Breaking bad news regarding pregnancy outcome eg antenatal screening results, stillbirth,
    congenital abnormality
    Caring for women following highly distressing emotional events
    Dealing with child protection and substance misusing patients
    Supporting staff following a traumatic event.

    Working Conditions
    Exposure to body fluids throughout a shift including blood, liquor, faeces, urine, vomit every
    Exposure to adverse weather conditions
    Some exposure to nitrous oxide and oxygen via entonox apparatus.
    Exposure to verbal/physical aggression.
    Exposure to unsanitary conditions .e.g. fleas and dirty homes
    Exposure to dogs and other animals

   Registered midwife – Part 2 NMC Register with an expert knowledge and experience off all
    aspects of midwifery care and the ability to work autonomously.

   Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.

   Ability to travel throughout Fife over a 24 hour period

   A level of competency in the English language is essential

A separate job description will need to be signed off by each jobholder to
whom the job description applies.

Job Holder‟s Signature:                                                        Date:

Head of Department Signature:                                                  Date:

                            PERSON SPECIFICATION FORM
Post Title/Grade:        Community Midwife

Department/Ward:         Community

Date:                    01/09/2010

                         ESSENTIAL               DESIRABLE             MEASURE
  Experience        Experience within all    Experience in         Application form &
                    areas of midwifery       antenatal clinic      interview

 Qualifications/    Registered midwife       1st level degree or   Application form &
   Training         Evidence of continuing   equivalent            interview
  Knowledge         Evidence of good                               Interview
                    knowledge in all
                    aspects of midwifery
                    and child protection
        Skills      Ability to work          Perineal repair,      Interview
                    unsupervised in a        water birth

    Aptitude        Must be an excellent     Ability to            Interview
                    communicator and         communicate with
                    adaptable to a           all members of the
                    changing environment     multi-disciplinary
      Other         Good team player                               Interview
e.g. Team Player,   Ability to travel
Be able to travel   Commitment to on call

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