The United Kingdom

  • Ellen Kitson-Reynolds
  • Alison TrenerryEmail author


Midwifery education and practice across the four countries of the United Kingdom (UK) (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) is diverse and complex when considering the healthcare system as a whole. The Nursing and Midwifery Council regulates midwifery as a profession across the UK. Regulation and, hence, standards are undergoing change in light of legislative change due to the report of system failures within sections of the health service. These changes are occurring alongside the UK’s adjustment in allegiance with the European Union through ‘Brexit’. For many, this means uncertainty for the immediate and long-term future nationally. This will have an effect upon the delivery of healthcare regulation for all areas of health, financial security workforce provision and the delivery of education to future midwifery students. Whilst some may perceive this to be an anxious time for the newly qualified midwife, others seek out the opportunities that a period of change and uncertainty bring. This is the time for newly qualified midwives to carve the future of the profession and for themselves in terms of career aspirations and development.


Midwives Midwifery practice Transition to practice New graduates Initial registration Professional socialisation Fit for first post Preceptorship 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Post Doc Clinical Academic Midwife, School of Health SciencesUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation TrustSouthamptonUK

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