Dr Gloria Rowland appointed as Chief Nurse for the NHS in South West London

The NHS in South West London has announced the appointment of Dr Gloria Rowland as Chief Nurse.

Previously Director of Midwifery for the country’s largest maternity service at Barts Health NHS Trust, Dr Rowland has been recognised by CQC Chief Inspector Ted Baker for her “outstanding practice in the leadership and drive shown” to improve Midwifery services.

First trained as a registered nurse and midwife in Nigeria, Dr Rowland relocated to the UK to continue her nursing career, where she has gained further qualifications in BSc Midwifery, MSc Community Public Health Specialist Practitioner and doctorate in Clinical Practice.

Both a Mary Seacole and a Florence Nightingale Scholar, Dr Rowland has won many national awards for her work in transforming maternity care including chairing the trailblazer group that developed the new midwifery standard and apprenticeship pathway entrance 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 in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Rowland will take up the position of Chief Nurse at both South West London Health and Care Partnership and South West London CCG from early January 2021.

Commenting on her appointment Gloria said: “I’m very pleased to be joining South West London as the Chief Nurse. I’m looking forward to working with colleagues to strengthen professional nursing leadership across the system and to help improve services and health outcomes for the people we care for.”

Sarah Blow Senior Accountable Office NHS South West London and Senior Responsible Officer, 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 of 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.”