UWTSD Student wins East of England Chief Midwife Awards


A Doctorate in Professional Practice candidate at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has recently won the East of England Chief Midwife awards.

Tendai Nzirawa

Tendai Nzirawa from Essex, a Quality Improvement Manager at the East of England Maternity Clinical Network (NHS England and NHS Improvement – East of England) was given the award in October 2020, in recognition of the fact that she went above and beyond her duties at work in relation to ethnic minorities and inequalities. During the past year, Tendai has shown inspirational leadership within her work, that has improved maternity services clinical outcomes within the region. 

Tendai has managed to reflect in her leadership the current situation of inequality experienced by ethnic minorities and vulnerable communities especially during the COVID- 19 pandemic. In response to this Tendai established the ‘Looking Beyond ethnic minorities and inequalities workstream’, and worked with several partners on this including Public Health England. Tendai has managed to establish the support that’s needed for ethnic minorities and also began key action to implement change in the area as a system response, as well as giving voice to women from ethnic minorities and other vulnerable group communities who access Maternity services across the East of England.

Tendai is passionate about making a difference: “As a Quality Improvement Manager in the East of England Maternity Clinical Network, I bring together health care professionals, the third sector and Maternity Voices Partnerships to contribute and collaborate in system change across the East of England. The change cannot be done by one person, but a committed group that will go back into their systems and influence change locally.” 

According to Tendai, this award wouldn’t have been possible without the continued support and leadership given by the University. She has seen herself transforming, and feels that the course has empowered her, and has grown her confidence in learning and leadership. 

“I’ve recently become aware that in my leadership, I utilise the knowledge and skills that I’ve learned on the course to empower other people.” 

During her studies, Tendai has learnt additional skills without realising such as mentoring and coaching that has helped her develop her career.

Tendai decided to study at UWTSD as she was looking for a further education course to enhance her career. After completing her MSc degree she wanted to study further, and whilst browsing for courses online she came across Doctorate in Professional Practice. The course was instantly sold to her as it focused on professional practice, and the course enabled her to have ownership also.

Dr. Christine Davies, Programme Director of the Doctorate in Professional Practice at UWTSD said: “Tendai has been an inspiration to her colleagues, both in work and in study. Her DProf studies have helped her grow in knowledge and confidence and have contributed to her highly impactful midwifery leadership during COVID19. Her Part 2 research should be beneficial to her patients and community in South-East of England and beyond.”

The future for Tendai is bright, and studying with UWTSD has made her realise that there is a purpose for her career path. This course has managed to open doors to Tendai in a way she didn’t know was possible, and see her transform into a leader that inspires others. 

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