Vacancy: Training Development and Research Executive

Role Overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Research & Development team at Baby Lifeline Training.

Baby Lifeline Training is a social enterprise, recognised nationally and internationally for providing high-quality, multi-professional training in the maternity sector.

The role encompasses liaising with, and building and maintaining relationships with our training faculty, as well as ensuring standards of course content and delivery and assisting with national research. We are a small, dynamic team and as we see business grow year-on-year, we require an enthusiastic team player who is used to working in a fast-paced environment to ensure we continue to thrive, prosper and evolve.

If you want to challenge yourself, make an impact and develop your career then we would love to hear from you.

No agencies please.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to by 30th April 2021.

Read more about the role below.

Organisation’s Purpose:

Baby Lifeline Training Ltd is a not-for-profit social enterprise, which primarily delivers multi-disciplinary training to thousands of maternity care & associated health professionals per annum. It delivers training on behalf of the national charity, Baby Lifeline Ltd, under a service level agreement & under license carries the “Baby Lifeline” brand name & logo. Its work and reputation are of very high standing in the maternity sector & Baby Lifeline Training Ltd has established itself as a facilitator of high quality, multidisciplinary & “cutting edge” education programmes for maternity sector healthcare professionals.


Research & Development: 

Baby Lifeline’s work focuses on prioritising the prevention of avoidable harm in maternity. Through our research we go straight to the heart of improving care – ensuring that those caring for mothers and babies have the tools and knowledge they need to give the best care possible.

Our most well-known body of work – Mind the Gap – is the only work which surveys maternity training provided to the frontline nationally. Training in maternity remains a central recommendation in reports reviewing avoidable harm. The objective of the work is to provide an overall picture of maternity training in relation to recommendations of best practice to improve care, and ultimately save babies’ and mothers’ lives.

Dr Bill Kirkup CBE, Chair of the Independent Investigation into East Kent Maternity Services and Former Chair of the Morecambe Bay Investigation said of the last Mind the Gap report, “This report should be required reading for Trust Boards and for all concerned with maternity care.

Mind the Gap (2018) has been used to inform government health policy, been cited in the Houses of Parliament, and the latest recommendations have led to quality improvement work being carried out by the Maternity Transformation Programme nationally.


Job Role:                        

The exciting role will involve working alongside leading experts & colleagues in the Research & Development department to develop, attend, & evaluate the training interventions.

The role will give the successful candidate an opportunity to work with leading health professionals & those leading in health policy and quality improvement in the country, as well as experience in presenting, exhibiting and attending national conferences.

The vacancy is based at the company’s office in Balsall Common.


Reports to:

Head of Research and Development


Key Activities:
  • Develop and maintain relationships with course faculty.
  • Source and allocate appropriate faculty to course dates.
  • Attend, coordinate & evaluate training courses as required (the role will involve travel & overnight stays).
  • Liaise with the Operations team regarding faculty & materials required to deliver specific courses.
  • Work with advisory panel to assess trainers and course content.
  • Evaluate training and develop accordingly.
  • Develop courses based on national need alongside Head of Research and Development.
  • Keep updated about national maternity health policies and research.
  • Deputise for the Head of Research and Development in their absence as required.


Key Skills:
  • A Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent), preferably a Bachelor of Science but not essential.
  • To be proficient in Microsoft Office; including, Excel, Word, and Outlook.
  • Good organisational skills and ability to task-switch.
  • Experience in the critical analysis of research.
  • Experience in analysing data: quantitative and qualitative.
  • Experience in research protocols and write-ups.
  • To be able to use online learning/webinar platforms (for example, Zoom and MS Teams)
  • To have achieved an English and Maths GCSE (A*- C).
  • To be personable and approachable.
  • Car driver with a clean licence, able to drive the company vehicle to venues across the UK.
  • Ability to communicate at all levels and to manage relationships with course faculty as & when required.
  • A flexible & agile approach to problem-


General Skills:       
  • Professionalism, enthusiasm, commitment
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Good written & verbal communication skills
  • Good organisational & interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritise & deliver to deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task & work under pressure
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Team player with a flexible approach
  • Ability to accept responsibility.
  • The ability to organise & manage workloads.
  • Use own initiative & exercise own judgement.

The role would suit a person who relishes the chance to make a positive impact, operating within a small team and in a fast-moving business that is constantly evolving. It requires an enthusiastic team player who is willing to expand and adapt their role to this constantly changing environment.


37.5 hours a week.

Longer working days will be required on training days – TOIL will be allocated as appropriate.


Dependent upon experience, circa £24K- £28K pa.


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