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Midwifery training places expansion

HEE has been working with system partners to support an expansion in midwifery training placements by 25% over four years.

Since the Secretary of State announcement on 27 March 2018, and the publication of the Maternity Workforce Transformation Strategy HEE has been working with stakeholders to support expansion of midwifery training places.

This expansion is to increase capacity within the system and help work towards ensuring there is adequate workforce supply in the medium and long term to support women, their babies and families.

Working over a four-year period from 2019/20, HEE will increase training places by up to 3650. This will be achieved by:

  • An 650 additional places in 2019/20; and
  • Up to 1,000 additional places per year for a period of three years thereafter


  • Expansion is reported against the baseline year 2018/19 and a growth of 1,237 as of February 2022, giving a total figure of 3,003
  • HEE remains confident of achieving this overall target by the end of 2022/23.


How do we increase our midwifery capacity?

Specialist Midwifery roles

Creating new and exciting career opportunities for Midwives


Continuity of Carer (CoC)

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare Continuity of Carer Programme in conjunction with iPiP and the RCM


Advanced Practice

HEE Maternity Programme - deep dive into ACP in Midwifery.

HEE Advanced Practice Framework


Upskilling healthcare support workers and MSW’s  

Upskilling healthcare support workers in accordance with the MSW competency education and career framework for example utilising the SHCSW Apprenticeship with MSW module and/or additional elFH modules

HEE MSW Framework and Toolkit of supporting resources for Trusts

Recruitment and retention Midwife

Consider the employment of a Midwife to focus purely on the recruitment and retention of Midwives. Working closely with service, universities, wider system and local HR teams.


Return to Practice (RTP)

Nursing and Midwifery Council

NHS Health Careers, returning to midwifery


Retire and return (Legacy Midwife)

NHS Employers: Improving nurse retention: Flexible retirement guide

Maximising SSSA standards

Embracing the opportunities afforded to us through the introduction of the NMC’s standards for supervision and assessment


Increasing Practice Educators

Consider the employment of additional educators in practice to support students and midwives, reducing attrition from undergraduate programmes and supporting the expansion of clinical placements.

Embracing the recommendations from HEE RePAIR Programme.


Introducing new Coaching Models

Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP) James Paget & HEE.

Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP) NHS Employers

Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP) HEE Youtube video


Exploring Innovative Placements

Exploring new placement areas both within Maternity units / services and the wider health and social care community. 

Developing Midwifery Apprenticeships

Midwifery degree standards set by the Institute of Apprenticeships

HEE Apprenticeships


Supporting Shortened (RN) apprenticeships

NHS Health Careers FAQ


Continual Professional development

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare Maternity and Newborn resources

Our best practice guide is a pan-London resource for Health and Social Care organisations and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to support midwives, who have left the profession, to regain their NMC registration and Return to Practice (RtP).

RTP Midwifery Best Practice Guide (.pdf 250 KB)

RTP Midwifery Example NHS Job Advert (.pdf 11 KB)

RTP Midwifery Example Honorary Contract Template (146 KB)