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Nursing and Midwifery

Nursing and Midwifery Practice Educators

Who are we?

There are 17 Nursing and Midwifery Practice Educators employed by NHS Education for Scotland hosted in NHS Boards.  We contribute towards the ongoing learning and development of nurses and midwives in direct care giving roles, in particular those at level five and six of the Career Framework for Health.

From the map please click on your regional board area to find out information about Practice Educators in each board and the work they are doing to support nurses and midwives in achieving their objectives.

Image Map Western Isles Shetland Orkney Highland Grampian Tayside Fife Forth Valley GGC Lothian Lanarkshire Borders Ayrshire and Arran Dumfries and Galloway

What is the purpose of the role?

Practice Educators assist NHS boards to develop and deliver education for nurses and midwives. They navigate and signpost nurses and midwives to a range of educational resources that support learning and development linked to key national clinical priority areas, for example long term conditions, with a clear focus on better outcomes for patients, families, service users and carers.

How is this role different from the Practice Education Facilitator (PEF) role?

PEFs provide support to all learners and also contribute to the enhancement of the wider practice learning environment within NHS boards.  PEFs are central to assisting senior nurses and midwives to enhance the quality of the clinical learning environment, supporting colleagues pursuing ongoing professional development activity and providing an important "link" between practice and education settings.