Future clinical academic midwife

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Clinical academic career pathways for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals are a strategic priority for NHS England, and there has been significant investment in the National Institute of Health Research integrated clinical academic programme for non-medical healthcare professionals. Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals face numerous barriers to successfully building a clinical academic career. For those outside the integrated clinical academic programme, clinical academic career approaches are varied and often driven by individual practitioners rather than robust organisational processes or strategy. The vision of ‘future midwife’ is that midwives maximise opportunities in research and scholarship. However, there is little clarity about how these academic aspirations may be supported. This reflective lived experience discussion paper explores key issues around clinical academic midwifery careers, including how space for clinical academic midwives can be assured and the steps midwives can take to start to develop this rewarding and important career.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-351
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2022


  • Advanced clinical practice
  • Clinical academic midwifery
  • Consultant midwife
  • Future midwife
  • Midwifery careers
  • Professional development

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