Dr. Gloria Rowland

Gloria was first trained as a registered nurse and midwife in Nigeria before relocating to the United Kingdom. Gloria continued her nursing career in the UK after completing her NMC adaptation programme to become registered as a nurse. Since then she has gained further qualifications- BSc Midwifery, MSc Community Public Health Specialist Practitioner and Doctor of Clinical Practice.

She has a strong passion for change, innovation and transformation of health services. She has worked within the NHS and community settings as a Consultant Midwife and Head of Midwifery. Most recently became the SW London Chief Nurse of CCG/ICS and also recently appointed as associate NMC council member.  She was previously, the Director for Midwifery at Barts Health NHS Trust since which has the largest maternity services in UK.

Gloria is the first Black African Director of Midwifery in the history of maternity services in the UK.  She became a Mary Seacole Scholar awarded by the Department of Health in 2009, and a Florence Nightingale Research Scholar in 2011. Gloria has won many national awards for her work in transforming maternity care, her most recent work involved transforming poor performing maternity services into good maternity units.

Gloria chaired the trailblazer group that developed the new midwifery standard and apprenticeship pathway entrance into the Midwifery profession. Gloria is the Senior Responsible Officer for South West London Local Maternity System and founder of Turning the Tide project. A member of the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) National Advisor Group in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

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