Training and development (midwifery)

This page has information on the training and development opportunities in midwifery. 

You will need to take an approved midwifery degree to practice as a midwife or as a qualified nurse you can complete a midwifery short programme. Each route leads to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) allowing them to practice as a midwife.

Midwives need to be committed to learning and always keep your skills and knowledge up to date. To maintain your registration to practice with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you’ll need to be to meet their post-registration education and practice (PREP) standards. Find more information on the PREP standards on the NMC website.

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Development opportunities

There are lots of opportunities for midwives to progress their career with more experience.  You could become supervise of team of midwives. As well as offering support to mothers and babies, you will support other midwives in their practice. You could combine responsibility for managing other staff with ongoing hands-on involvement with families by becoming a team or unit manager. This could then lead to further influential roles such as head of midwifery and director of midwifery services.


You may choose to specialise in a particular area or study for further qualifications. This include a clinical academic career where you're carrying out research to help move the profession forward. 

You could undertake further study to teach midwifery students at a university. If you stay in practice, you could consider the role of consultant midwife, providing clinical leadership for midwives and other healthcare professionals, across maternity services. You could also move into neonatal nursing or health visiting

NHS Leadership Academy 

The NHS Leadership Academy also runs a number of programmes to support midwives into leadership roles including the Mary Seacole programme. They also offer a programme purely for frontline nurses and midwives to help develop their skills and build confidence. Find out more about the NHS Leadership Academy and its programmes.


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