North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust is undertaking a recruitment campaign which has attracted five new midwife appointments, with a plan to recruit twelve midwives through international recruitment. In 2023, there will be twice as many places available for student midwifery training to maximise the number of midwives qualifying in Cumbria.
A new apprentice midwifery course at the University of Cumbria has been validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This will allow staff within the organisation to achieve a midwifery registration within Cumbria. From April 2022, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a resource dedicated to supporting internationally recruited midwives and student and midwifery retention.