Midwifery Quality & Leadership Programme (QLP)

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The Quality Leadership Programme (QLP) has been developed in conjunction with the New Zealand College of Midwives, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand and unions (MERAS and NZNO) to provide a national transferrable pathway which recognises, values, rewards and promotes the professional development of core midwives. The maternity leadership team at Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury supports and encourages core midwives to apply for Quality Leadership domains while employed across the service.

The national documents have been simplified, the evidence requirements have been merged with other processes such as MSR and performance appraisal and it is now hoped that midwives will find the new document easier to read and follow.

The programme has three domains of practice:

Competent: new graduate, new staff member, return to practice midwife who is competent to practice but needs to develop skills and experience to function effectively in the role.

Confident: has the necessary skills and experience to function confidently within her employed practice area. They will have a minimum of 12 months clinical practice experience and will be using evidence informed practice.

Leadership: has significant midwifery experience and is a role model and resource within the maternity service. Takes a lead role in quality improvement, innovation and practice development in their practice area.

Guidelines and Policy 

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand's quality and leadership programme for midwives covered by the MERAS and NZNO employment agreements (February 2015). Full information found here.


QLP Application Forms

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand's Quality and Leadership Programme

QLP Assessment Form - Confident Domain

QLP Assessment Form - Leadership Domain

QLP Application and Resubmission Form (required for both Confident and Leadership Domains)

QLP Leadership Activity Template

QLP Leadership Peer Review Template

QLP Yearly Domain Validation Form


Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury Registered Midwife Job Description

Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury Registered Midwife Position Description 


Mock Portfolios for QLP

QLP Confident Submission

QLP Leadership Submission

Where to Send Your Portfolios
(Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury) 

Personal Assistant to the Associate Director of Midwifery
Level 5                                                                                                                    Christchurch Women's Hospital                                                           Afterhours: Ward Clerk on Maternity Ward, Level 5, CWH (portfolios will be stored in a locked office).

Di Leishman, Dianne.leishman@cdhb.health.nz is the Midwife QLP coordinator for CDHB.

A local Midwifery Leadership Group including MERAS / NZNO representatives has been established to monitor uptake, consistency and manage any local implementation difficulties. This includes representatives from: Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury, St Georges' Hospital, Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury, Te Whatu Ora Te Tai o Poutini West Coast and Te Whatu Ora Nelson Marlborough.





Page last reviewed: 16 November 2022