Midwifery Quality & Leadership Programme (QLP)


These Midwifery Quality and Leadership Programme (QLP) webpages have been developed co-operatively by Canterbury, West Coast, South Canterbury and Nelson Marlborough District Health Board representatives. 

The QLP aims to:

  • Provide a structured framework which supports and assists midwives to further develop knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe and effective care for women and their babies.

  • Acknowledge and develop a range of transferable clinical and personal skills which can be used throughout a midwife's career in a variety of practice settings.

  • Encourage and value professionalism in midwifery practice within DHBs.

  • Provide a mechanism through which an organisation can value, recognise and encourage the professional development of midwives.

  • Help to identify and prepare midwives for leadership roles.

  • Provide a framework for midwives to contribute to DHB quality activities.

This programme for midwives aims to promote and reward midwifery expertise and recognise the contribution of midwives to quality patient outcomes. The QLP assessment criteria has been developed to align with the national framework.  There are two levels on the QLP: Confident and Leadership.

For more information, view the QLP National Guidelines:

QLP NZ National Guidelines

Application Process

The QLP assessment process is intended to be a positive experience, a time when each applicant's contribution to midwifery practice and professional development is recognised and celebrated.

Interested midwives should read the criteria for each level carefully and decide at what level they can currently demonstrate achievement. The Midwifery Educators and other resource staff can support you in preparation of your application.

Apply for Confident      QLP Confident Application

Apply for Leadership    QLP Leadership application

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Tina HewittMary MilneAnna Van Uden
Barbara WearLee OrpwoodGillian Halksworth-Smith
Pamela KingPatricia YoungmanDianne Leishman
Sarita Gargiulo-WelchClaire WilliamsJanette Brandham


Position Description

Clinical Midwife Co​ordinator

Registered Midwife Generic Women’s Health

Contact Us

QLP Resource People: Rhonda Robertson and Tina Hewitt

Please contact midwifery educators for pre-assessment portfolio check.

Midwifery Educators Office , Level 5, Christchurch Women's Hospital             Ph: 03 364 4730                                                                                          Internal: 85730

QLP Portfolio Co-ordinator: Emma Bolger                                                   PA to DOM, Level 5, Christchurch Women's Hospital,                                        Internal: 81012

Where to Send Your Portfolios (CDHB)

Emma Bolger                                                                                                Level 5,                                                                                                         Christchurch Women's Hospital

Afterhours: Ward Clerk on Maternity Ward, Level 5, CWH (afterhours' portfolios will be stored in a locked office)

Midwives: please send an email to Emma Bolger confirming date of drop-off for submission (emma.bolger@cdhb.health.nz)

Portfolio Templates

Below are some examples of portfolio templates. For a QLP leadership portfolio you will need to include at least three peer...


Page last reviewed: 01 June 2017
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