Digital Midwifery Fellowships 2022

The Florence Nightingale Foundation has a renowned reputation across the UK for our bespoke leadership scholarship programmes and fellowships. Our programmes are designed to build confidence, authority and influence in our scholars, enabling them to contribute to policy and practice at a local and national level to improve patient care and health outcomes.

FNF is developing digital midwifery leaders who can drive the information and technology transformation of the NHS

Digital Midwifery Fellowships overview

This programme is suitable for those on track to become senior digital midwifery leaders in the next two years or for those already leading digital change and aspiring to take up systems leadership roles. These fellowships are available to midwives working in England only. To apply, please click ‘apply online’ at the bottom of this page and complete the form.

The Florence Nightingale Foundation is pleased to announce the CMO England, Digital Midwifery Leadership Fellowships. These fellowships are available to midwives who want to lead in the digital transformation of the NHS at a regional and national level.

There are two posts, each one-year duration and offered at Band 8a.

The NHS long-term plan sets an ambitious vision for the future and is dependent on digital technologies and improved use of data to respond to growing demand and provide the best, most efficient care for patients.

Digital technologies and data are enablers for professionalism, support for practice, research, education and leadership. The midwifery profession must now actively take forward digital transformation, allowing women and midwives to benefit from the latest digital systems and technology.

The FNF is developing digital midwifery leaders who can drive the information and technology transformation of the NHS, a key aim to ensure they become the pipeline of aspirant senior midwifery leaders in the NHS.

As part of this fellowship, successful candidates will be seconded to work as part of the national Digital Midwifery team and have the opportunity to work closely with the National Digital Midwife Lead for Maternity and Regional Directors/Heads of Midwifery. This will enable them to gain experience working at national level and be supported to grow their leadership skills.

Fellows seconded to the maternity programme will be required to adopt a systems thinking approach to their project with a focus on systems leadership and the underlying governance structure supporting this at local level and how data impacts on maternity services from an ICS perspective.

For advice on writing a successful scholarship application, please watch the below video.


The Digital Midwifery Fellowships are sponsored by Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, CMO England. The Fellows will undertake an improvement projects which is aligned to both the CNO’s priorities and the NHSX Tech Plan  as it applies to nursing and midwifery. As part of your application you should outline a project you would like to undertake.

Programme structure

The Digital Fellowship programme includes:
  • Individual scholar assessment
  • Experienced mentor allocated
  • Welcome briefing day
  • Leadership development programme (2 days) delivered by The Kings Fund
  • Personal Presence and Impact (3 days) delivered by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • Bespoke Development Opportunities
  • The Digital Fellowship also includes a bespoke 3-day digital leadership residential programme as part of the CNIO Sponsored Scholarship. All other Leaderships Scholars may undertake this as an optional extra.
  • 12-month secondment working with the national digital maternity team
  • Invite to the Florence Nightingale Commemorative Service at Westminster Abbey, London
  • High-profile celebration event to celebrate the success of our FNF Scholars

Key Dates

Applications open 13 March 2022

  • Applications close 23rd March 2022
  • Shortlisting 24th March 2022
  • Applicants invited to interview 24/25th March 2022
  • Interviews 28th March (afternoon)
  • Successful applicants begin Fellowships 1 April 2022

Eligibility criteria

  • Registered Midwife holding a valid registration
  • Digital leadership experience fellowship focused on nursing practice
  • Previous or current FNF Scholars (including digital) are eligible to apply
  • Completed Senior Sponsor letter ensuring support to all scholarship activities

Application process

**Download Nominator Senior Sponsor form**

Information for applying online:

Upon application, you are required to upload the following information:

  • Personal, employment and education information
  • A copy of your NMC statement of entry document (can be located online)
  • Senior Sponsor nominator form supporting attendance and time to complete scholarship activities
  • Signed terms and conditions

Please note the following:

  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Applications without Senior Sponsor nominator support will not be accepted

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