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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.  

Watch the CapitalMidwife video.

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 has worked with an expert midwifery panel to develop a midwifery skills passport. The passport gives midwives 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.

CapitalMidwife preceptorship framework and quality mark

CapitalMidwife is helping to ensure all London midwives have the skills and confidence they need as they begin their midwifery career.

A preceptorship framework has been developed, which lists all the tools and support that newly registered midwives should have access to during their preceptorship. It is being used by maternity units across London to standardise and quality-assure preceptorships. The framework was developed in partnership with midwives working in education and practices across London, and with input from student midwives.

In early 2021, CapitalMidwife is awarding a quality mark to maternity units that have demonstrated they comply with the CapitalMidwife preceptorship framework, and the recently published NMC principles for preceptorship. The quality mark will indicate that a maternity unit follows best practice for preceptorships, invests in midwives and supports their professional development at the start of their career. Maternity units can promote their preceptorships by including the quality mark on literature, recruitment adverts etc.

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.

Join in the chat

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

Become a CapitalMidwife champion

We have a group of committed champions: practicing midwives and students who meet regularly and actively support the CapitalMidwife programme.

CapitalMidwife champions work alongside some of the leaders in London midwifery, they help bring the workforce together to celebrate midwifery, share ideas and best practice, and promote midwifery as the profession of choice.

Email england.capitalmidwife@nhs.net to express your interest in becoming a CapitalMidwife champion.

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 and preceptorship quality mark

Using the CapitalMidwife brand and the preceptorship quality mark 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 or to support your work, or apply for the preceptorship quality mark, please email england.capitalmidwife@nhs.net to apply.

General enquiries

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.

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

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