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Capital Midwife Ethnic Minority Midwives Fellowship

Application Deadline: 11:59 pm on Sunday 23rd January 2022

The CapitalMidwife1 Fellowship has been designed to support band 6 and 7 midwives from
ethnic minority groups to move into leadership roles. It is hoped that having more leaders
from ethnic minority groups will help to address the very clear inequities that exist. For
example, national data shows that 86% of White British midwives believe their organisation
acts fairly with regard to career progression/promotion, but only 30% of Black Caribbean
midwives agree.
The Fellowship has been developed by a group of maternity leaders, including Kate
Brinkworth (Regional Chief Midwife for London, NHS England and Improvement), Wendy
Olayiwola (National Equity Lead, NHS England and Improvement), Gloria Rowland (Chief
Nurse NHS South West London and author of ‘Turning the Tide’ report), people working on
the London Workforce Race Strategy, leaders from the Association of South Asian Midwives
and the Society of African and Caribbean Midwives, and representatives from the Royal
College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Over six months, Fellows will learn leadership and quality improvement skills and develop a
network of peers, mentors, coaches and sponsors who can support their career progression
throughout the Fellowship and beyond


The CapitalMidwife Fellowship is open to all band 6 and 7 ethnic minority midwives in
London, who are embedded in clinical practice and wish to develop their midwifery
leadership careers.
There are 26 – 30 places available on the Fellowship, with at least one place available per
maternity unit. Priority will be given to:
• Midwives who have been at band 6 or 7 for two or more years
• Midwives who have applied for a promotion/higher band but have been unsuccessful
• Midwives from ethnic minority groups that face the most discrimination, as reported
through the national NHS Staff Survey

Application Procedure

Fellowship learning days will run for six months from April 2022 until September 20222
. This
is a time commitment of 157.5 hours (21 days), and Fellows will be expected to attend all
these days (seven and a half hours).
Funding and sponsorship
Funding of £3,000 has been allocated for each Fellow. To secure this funding we request
that their maternity unit puts forward a sponsor (band 8c or above) who can dedicate two
hours over the course of six months to work with a CapitalMidwife Fellow to support their
development. Information about sponsorship has been provided separately.

Official Website: Capital Midwife Ethnic Minority Midwives Fellowship



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