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A nursing leader who made history as the first Black African director of midwifery in the UK has been appointed as chief nurse for South West London.
Dr Gloria Rowland (pictured above) will be the voice of nursing for the South West London Health and Care Partnership, which brings together NHS, council and voluntary sector organisations in the area.
“I’m looking forward to working with colleagues across to strengthen professional nursing leadership across the system”
The network was formally awarded ‘integrated care system’ status by NHS England in April 2020 and aims to ensure health and care services across its six London boroughs are delivered in a joined-up way.
Dr Rowland has also been appointed chief nurse for South West London NHS Clinical Commission Group and she will start both roles in January 2021.
She will move from her current job as director of midwifery for Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs the country’s largest maternity service.
Commenting on her appointment, Dr Rowland said: “I’m very pleased to be joining South West London as the chief nurse.
“I’m looking forward to working with colleagues across to strengthen professional nursing leadership across the system and to help improve services and health outcomes for the people we care for.”
“I look forward to working with Gloria to continue to make a real and tangible improvement in services for local people”
First training as a nurse and midwife in Nigeria before relocating to the UK in 2000, Dr Rowland is now on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register as a registered nurse, midwife and health visitor.
Both a Mary Seacole and a Florence Nightingale scholar, Dr Rowland has received national recognition for her work in transforming maternity care including chairing the trailblazer group that developed the new apprenticeship pathway into the midwifery profession.
She was the first Black African director of midwifery in the history of maternity services in the UK and has also recently been appointed to the chief nursing officer’s national advisor group on Covid-19.
Sarah Blow, senior responsible officer for the South West London Health and Care Partnership, said: “Dr Rowland brings a wealth of experience, with a strong passion for innovation and transforming healthcare for the benefit the people of South West London.
“We are already making progress in our ambition to support local people to ‘start well, live well and age well’ and I look forward to working with Gloria to continue to make a real and tangible improvement in services for local people.”