Midwives who study the Queen Elizabeth II degree program at the University of Buckingham have a new home, with the university offering it to the midwives who graduated from the course in May 2018.
The Queen’s own degree program is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives and is available through the Queen Mary’s University in Buckinghamshire, which offers more than 200 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in healthcare and allied health.
The university said it had received a letter from the University College London that the Queen would like to recognise the midwifery graduates who have taken the Queen-approved course.
It said: “We’re delighted that this will now become available to all the Queen, through the University’s Queen’s Midwives Program, which was accredited by Queen’s College London.”
Dr Anne Gough, chair of the Queen Midwives Group, said the university had not been able to offer the Queen an academic position at the university.
“We’re not yet in a position to say if we’ll be able to do that or not,” she said.
She said the Queen wished to recognise those midwives from the program who had graduated in the fall.
The Queen Elizabeth’s Midwiferies Program is a full-time, four-year degree programme.
The program is open to midwives aged between 30 and 64.
Dr Gough said the students would be given the Queen a letter with their diploma and would be able “to take a look at that to see if it meets their academic requirements”.
Queen’s College is one of several universities offering the Queen with an undergraduate degree, including the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, Royal College Veterinary Medical School, and the Royal Veterinary College.
However, Dr Gough and other midwives have been campaigning for the Queen to give midwives an academic role at the universities, saying the Queen does not have the time or resources to offer them academic positions.
Last week, Dr David Seddon, the Queen s doctor, said midwives were “an extraordinary profession, and one of the most under-resourced, under-appreciated, undervalued professions in our country.”
“I know there is a great deal of concern and frustration amongst the medical profession,” he said.
“But the fact is that we have a huge number of doctors who have studied at Queen’s, who have been accredited, who work here, who come from all over the world, and have a very good understanding of what it takes to do a particular job.”
The midwives are already offered academic jobs at other universities.
In August 2018, the University for Women in Scotland offered a midwife an academic job.
Queen Elizabeth s doctor’s letter to midwife graduates:”Your graduation from Queen’s has given you an opportunity to study the subjects of medicine, nursing, health and ethics.
It has also enabled you to develop a professional network and have been a fantastic stepping stone for you to become a professional midwife.”
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