It’s a new year and a special one too!  2020 has been designated by The World Health Organisation as the first ever global Year of The Nurse and Midwife.  And I am ecstatic!

2020 is also two hundred years since the birth of Florence Nightingale, ‘the lady with the lamp’ who laid the foundation for professional nursing with the establishment of the first secular nursing school in the world at St Thomas’ Hospital.

2020 is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the enormous contributions of both nurses and midwives, and I cannot wait to do so!

A few weeks ago, I was successful in obtaining The Florence Nightingale Foundation Senior Leadership Scholarship which I will be commencing in April 2020.  The Florence Nightingale Foundation supports the best nurses and midwives in the UK to lead change, discover new practices and make a difference in their chosen field.

My project will be addressing the findings of The UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2014-16 report.  MBRRACE (Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK, 2018) highlighted striking inequalities.  Black women are five times and Asian women two times more likely to die as a result of complications in their pregnancy than white women.  Understanding these disparities needs urgent research and action.

My scholarship will research the disparity in maternity outcomes for black mothers and babies.  I plan to focus my project on the best midwifery practice and how to reduce maternal and perinatal deaths amongst the most vulnerable groups.

I am delighted to have obtained this scholarship and it will further my desire to reduce health inequalities for mothers and children, especially in 2020, The Year of The Nurse and Midwife!

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