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The CapitalMidwife Programme has been developed in response to the growing need to apply ‘once for London’ solutions to the challenges faced by over 6,000 midwives who make up the London midwifery workforce. These challenges include staff shortages, increased workloads, retention of staff and policy changes.

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As part of our work, we are developing a range of products to enable London midwives to develop and grow throughout their career. By developing a framework to be used across London, we can ensure that our midwives are supported wherever they live and work.

Every London Midwife is a CapitalMidwife and should be valued, respected, listened to and supported to reach their full potential.  

For general enquiries, please contact england.capitalmidwife@nhs.net

We have committed to engage, involve and collaborate with systems, organisations and individual midwives; and will bring the workforce together to celebrate midwifery, share ideas and best practice, and promote midwifery as the profession of choice.

Download the CapitalMidwife word cloud.

The CapitalMidwife programme is supported by a steering group and membership includes midwives and other key stakeholders from across London.

The programme is accountable to the CapitalNurse board.

CapitalMidwife was established in April 2018 by the regional maternity lead for London, chief nurse for London and the programme director for CapitalNurse and is jointly sponsored by Health Education England, NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Midwifery skills passport

CapitalMidwife is working with an expert midwifery panel to develop a midwifery skills passport, to make sure that midwives have the flexibility to work across London without having to undertake repetitive training whenever they begin working for a new trust.

The passport will include an up-to-date record of a midwife’s professional development – identifying where training has taken place and where additional reassessment or updates are required. It is easily accessible and simple to use, meaning midwives can take their passport wherever they go.

This tool is for band 5-7 midwives to record essential skills, supporting professional development, continuous quality improvement and safe effective practice.

Access the skills passport.

Preceptorship programme framework

CapitalMidwife is developing a preceptorship programme framework which is designed to ensure that all London midwives have the skills and confidence they need as they begin their midwifery career.

The preceptorship programme framework is being developed in partnershipby midwives working in education and practices across London, as well as through input from student midwives, to meet the needs of London midwives.

Newly registered midwives will have access to a range of tools and support aimed at building on the skills they developed during their training. The preceptorship will be a useful guide for the capital’s maternity services that are responsible for developing their own workforce.

Access the preceptorship framework.

CapitalMidwife midwifery workforce survey

CapitalMidwife, in partnership with King’s College London, developed a London midwifery workforce survey. The aim of the survey was to understand the experiences and challenges faced by midwives across the capital. In addition, feedback sessions with student midwives and webinars with Heads of Midwifery and Lead Midwives for Education were undertaken.

Over 900 midwives responded to the survey, which has been invaluable in further developing our understanding of their shared experiences, and the implications for our programme.

Following our research, we have produced a report, Listening to London’s midwives

We have also developed an infographic, highlighting the report’s key findings. 

We would like to highlight support and resources for you or any of your staff who may have experienced any of the issues highlighted in our report. The following organisations have further information and resources on their website:

Royal College of Midwives

Royal College of Nursing

We will continue to add resources and support as they become available. Please check back for updates.

The CapitalMidwife programme is working collaboratively with midwives, organisations and other stakeholders. We would love to hear your thoughts on how you think CapitalMidwife can support the midwifery workforce across London.

I’d like to work with CapitalMidwife

If you have any projects or ideas around how we can continue to support midwives across London, please contact england.capitalmidwife@nhs.net

The CapitalMidwife brand

Using the CapitalMidwife brand can help to enhance and support your work or recruitment efforts and highlight them to the wider midwifery workforce. 

If you’d like to use the CapitalMidwife brand to support your work, please email england.capitalmidwife@nhs.net to apply.

Join in the chat

Follow us on Twitter @CapitalMidwife and use the hashtag #CapitalMidwife. Please tweet us with your comments, ideas and questions.

General enquiries

For any general enquiries, please email us at england.capitalmidwife@nhs.net