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Consultant Obstetricians – UK Midwifery Study System (UKMidSS) Steering Group

The UK Midwifery Study System (UKMidSS) is seeking 2 consultant obstetricians to join the multi-disciplinary UKMidSS Steering Group

About UKMidSS

Led from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, with Royal College of Midwives support, and modelled on the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS), UKMidSS was launched in 2015 as a national system for carrying out observational studies and surveys of practice in midwifery units. Currently, all 126 alongside midwifery units (AMUs) in the UK contribute to UKMidSS studies, and we plan to expand to include freestanding midwifery units this year.

UKMidSS studies provide evidence to inform midwifery and maternity care practice, midwifery unit admission criteria, and improve care.

Past and current UKMidSS studies include investigations of: outcomes for obese women admitted to an AMU; risk factors for neonatal admission in babies born in AMUs; and outcomes for women who are known to have had a postpartum haemorrhage in a previous pregnancy and are admitted to an AMU. We have also undertaken a national survey of midwifery unit admission guidelines, using the UKMidSS infrastructure. 

The Steering Group meets 3 times a year and provides overall strategic direction and governance for the programme, monitoring progress of ongoing studies and planning future studies. Steering Group membership is not remunerated, but travel expenses are paid and contributions to the group may be considered part of continuing professional development. You can see current membership of the Steering Group.


Who we are looking for

Expressions of interest will be considered against the following criteria:

  • Experience of working with colleagues in midwifery units
  • Evidence of contribution (e.g. reporting or entering data) to UKOSS
  • Evidence of forging links within and beyond your professional group, including with midwifery colleagues
  • Research, audit or clinical governance experience in obstetrics/maternity care
  • Experience of committee work (local or national).

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as members of these groups are underrepresented on the Steering Group.


How to apply

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Dr Rachel Rowe, Head of UKMidSS, at

To apply, please submit a 2-page CV, and a short covering letter explaining why you are interested in this role, to

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 23 April 2019