MVP case study: Encouraging more midwives from ethnic minority backgrounds

As part of the work of South Tees Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) Ethnic Diversity sub-group identified the low numbers of midwives from ethnically minoritised backgrounds.

Most of the midwives employed by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are trained at Teesside University, so the MVP worked together with the Trust and the University to address this issue.

Two videos have been produced which aim to promote a career in midwifery, focusing on people from diverse backgrounds. The first video features MVP group members discussing the midwifery course and includes the experiences of two students from minoritised ethnicities.

The second video has also been produced collaboratively between South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Teesside University to promote the choice of midwifery as a career for people from minoritised communities.

It features Afshan Ali, who is from an Asian background, who trained at Teesside University and now works in the Labour Suite at James Cook University Hospital.