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Women's, Children's & Clinical Support Services

The Division of Women’s Children’s and Clinical Support Services has a very diverse range of services including a full range of Paediatric, Neonatal, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Radiology, Pharmacy, and Outpatient services. Our diversity within WC&CSS makes us truly unique.

We work extremely hard for our patients and each other and hold many national and regional services that provide some of very best treatments the NHS has to offer. 

A range of careers are available within the Division as we seek enthusiastic, caring individuals who want to be part of a great team.

Associate Director Caroline Merideth said: “We are a diverse Division and close team pursuing the Trust’s vision to become a world class provider of health services. “Our ethos is to recruit excellent team members who put the patient first in everything that they do.”

We have a thriving maternity service which facilitates over 6,500 births per year in a number of different birth settings including a midwife led unit, consultant led delivery suite and homebirth service. Our unit is staffed by a range of professionals including maternity support workers, midwives, nurses, theatre practitioners and a range of specialist.

The maternity service has recently undertaken a Birth Rate+ review leading to an increase in our established workforce. Due to this we have many exciting opportunities for you to join our team.

The level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Royal Stoke University Hospital is a Lead Centre and Regional Intensive Care Unit within the Staffordshire, Shropshire and Black Country Newborn Network. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a purpose built modern unit, which opened in 2009, providing six intensive care, six high dependency and 14 special care cots. In 2016 we opened a transitional care unit which facilitates multi professional care for mothers and babies. 

We have 600 NICU admissions and 630 TCU admissions each year, including tertiary referrals from other neonatal units within and outside our newborn network. The unit has facilities for conventional and volume targeted ventilation, HFOV, inhaled nitric oxide, cranial ultrasonography, echocardiography and therapeutic hypothermia. There are facilities for MRI and EEG in ventilated babies and weekday neonatal surgeons on site. The NICU has been awarded a Care Excellence Platinum Award by the Trust.

The role of the Pharmacy Department at University Hospitals of North Midlands is to support the safe and effective use of medicines for all our patients. Our vision is centred on “Delivering excellence and innovation in medicines optimisation and pharmaceutical care for the benefit of our patients, customers and staff.” 

The Pharmacy department employs over 220 people including Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacy Assistant Technical Officers and Clerical staff, all of whom play a vital role in providing medication and advice to our patients.   

We issue over 700,000 items a year, at a value in excess of £30 million.  

The dispensary has a state of the art robotic dispensing system at the heart of the operation. In addition, we have a licensed aseptic manufacturing unit which produces highly specialised medicines including cytotoxic (chemotherapy) infusions and parenteral nutrition feeds.  Our dedicated team of Pharmacists and Senior Clinical Pharmacy Technicians provide advice to medical and nursing staff across the hospital. 

The Directorate has five core services:

  • Patient Services  
  • Technical Services 
  • Governance, Medicines Safety and Medicines Information 
  • Clinical Information and Procurement

Here at UHNM we aim to deliver a first-class outpatient service by working as a team in providing excellent patient care. Outpatients is often the first point of contact for many of our patients that are referred into the Trust and we play a crucial part in ensuring that the patient is seen in accordance with NHS national targets and receives an excellent service while under our care. 

Outpatients falls under the umbrella of Women’s Children’s and Clinical Support Services and forms part of the various divisions at UHNM. Over 500,000 patients attend the department per year for either a new or follow up appointment and in 2023 over 224,000 outpatients appointments were made. 

Outpatients have offices that are based in various locations at both Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital. 

The Imaging Directorate strives to provide the highest quality of patient care that is progressive and evidence based. 

We pride ourselves on being accredited by the ‘Quality Services in Imaging’ scheme. This is a focused assessment of our service to ensure patients receive high-quality care consistently,  provided by competent staff in a safe environment.

The Department provides a comprehensive range of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiological services to all specialities within UHNM as well as diagnostic tests to General Practitioners.  We are one of the largest imaging departments in the Country and in 2023-2024 we saw over 533,000 patients across our departments at Royal Stoke, County Hospital and community sites within Stoke -on -Trent. Some of these services operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We have a vast range of state-of-the-art of equipment within purpose-built sites where we provide the following services:

• X-ray
• Ultrasound Obstetrics and Non-Obstetrics
• Interventional procedures , including vascular & neuroradiology. 
• Fluoroscopy
• Breast screening and intervention
• Computerised Tomography (CT scan)
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI scan)
• Nuclear Medicine 

Staffordshire Children’s Hospital at Royal Stoke was launched in March 2020 providing a designated specialist centre for treating children and young people across Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and surrounding areas. 

Under the umbrella of Staffordshire Children’s Hospital we provide a dedicated children’s emergency department, two regional intensive care units and a regional high dependency unit. We have also two children’s wards for medical and surgical patients also caring for children under a number of specialist paediatric services. 

We have built a reputation for providing first class health services relating to a range of common childhood problems, injuries and conditions.

Young patients have access to specialist clinical teams and their expertise, who care for children with complex conditions or medical problems. Many of these specialty areas are at the forefront of treatment in the UK which has led to a growing international reputation for excellence.

Staffordshire Children’s Hospital at Royal Stoke is a centre of excellence in many disciplines and is more than a regional children’s centre and in many specialties equal to more well known children’s hospitals in other cities, including those in London.

What makes us different to other hospitals? We have on the same site:
• Access to Adult Services
• Multiple specialities under one roof
• Both Neonatal and Children’s Intensive Care Units and High Dependency Beds
• We have more than 100 general and specialist services for children and young people

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