Nursing and midwifery
There is enormous scope and professional opportunity at Barts Health. The size, diversity and attitude to improvement means we can offer work in every sort of health setting; from accident and emergency to patients' homes, and with a wide range of people.
We can offer you work in hospital wards, theatres, outpatients or community settings across multiple sites and east London locations. If you're caring, compassionate and have a commitment to helping people, you'll find a role that suits you.
To work as a nurse in the NHS, you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which means you'll need a degree in nursing. However if you don’t have a degree or are currently completing your nurse studies, you can still look at our healthcare assistant roles.
Depending on your experience and training there are plenty of opportunities for you to progress your career at the Trust to work as specialist nurse, manage teams, run wards or achieve a nurse consultant role. A few of the opportunities available at Barts Health are:
- Adult nurses
- Mental health nurses
- Children's nurses
- Learning and disability nurses
- District nurses
- Neonatal nurses
- Health visitors
- Practice nurses
- School nurses
- Theatre nurses
With opportunities for all nurses in all specialisms, we can give you the opportunity to work across our sites with adults, children, neonatal and theatre patients. Our community services employ district and school nurses along with health visitors.
The care and expertise provided by our midwives is invaluable to the thousands of women and their families who use the Barts Health services at our clinics, hospitals and at home while pregnant, throughout labour and during the period after a baby’s birth.
As a midwife, you’ll mainly deal with women who are healthy but require professional support and advice to help them throughout pregnancy. If there are no complications, you will be the lead health professional and contact for a woman, helping her make informed choices about the options and services available throughout the birthing process.
Our Midwives work as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team that includes hospital doctors, GPs, other midwives, health visitors, neonatal nurses and support staff. However, they also work alone and are experts and lead other healthcare professionals during normal childbirth.
The responsibilities of midwives are diverse. You’ll provide full antenatal care, including parenting classes, clinical examinations and screening, identify high-risk pregnancies, monitor women and support them during labour and the birthing process. You will also teach new and expectant mothers how to feed, care for and bathe their babies before handing over their on-going care to a health visitor between 10 days and one month after the baby’s birth.
A midwife’s client base often includes women from a variety of backgrounds and you will need to be confident enough to communicate with different people. Some women and their families will have challenging circumstances – they may be homeless, socially excluded, have disabilities or be very young, in which case you may need to liaise with social services. Other clients may be from certain cultural or religious backgrounds where high levels of empathy and intuition are important. Regardless of their situation, all women need their midwife to understand the emotional, physical and psychological processes of pregnancy and birth.
Often, midwives – especially those based in the community – will develop good professional relationships with their clients due to the continuity of care involved, which makes counselling easier at difficult times.
Midwives work in a variety of healthcare settings. Current antenatal care is provided in the community, in women’s homes, local clinics, children’s centres and GP surgeries. There is also the option to be hospital based, where there are plenty of opportunities for midwives to work on antenatal departments including triage and assessment areas, high and low risk labour, postnatal wards and neonatal units.
Midwifery is not a nine-to-five job. They often work within a rota and an on-call rota to provide 24-hour care at the woman’s home as well as in hospital.