A new opportunity for midwives
Sarah Paxman, Sascha Koutrouza and Anna Temke share their experiences as members of the first cohort of NHS regional clinical fellow midwives
Clinical leadership is an essential aspect of midwifery, and midwives have been reminded time and again how vital it is to the delivery of safe and effective maternity services, most recently with the publication of the Ockenden Report (Department of Health and Social Care, 2022). There is now a new opportunity for midwives to develop a broader understanding of healthcare leadership and delivery, and gain the skills and experience to become clinical leaders of the future.
The NHS Regional Clinical Leadership Fellow Scheme was formed through partnership between the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) and NHS England and NHS Improvement. It has been established to expand opportunities and support aspiring clinical leaders to gain experience of system leadership, transformation and service improvement, which will equip them with the skills they need to lead a complex, changing and more integrated NHS in the future (FMLM, 2022). This scheme proudly includes a diverse range of health professionals, including doctors, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, dentists and pharmacists, to reflect the diversity of the clinical workforce.
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