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Articles to keep you up-to-date on a range of important programmes and projects


Articles & Features

Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICP) Matter

We have introduced three new educational resources as part of our education provision on infection prevention and control. The resources make use of technology and storytelling to provide bite-sized education that is practical, engaging and scenario based and can easily be incorporated into in-house training.

Launch of Quality Improvement (QI) Development Tool

On 31 March NES hosted an event at BT Murrayfield Stadium to mark the official launch of the National Quality Improvement Workforce Development Tool and a brand new suite of training products designed to support Scottish Improvement Skills (SIS).

NES Nominated for National Healthcare Technology Award

We are delighted to announce that NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has been shortlisted for a UK-wide healthcare technology award for our programme of Digital Transformation and the development of effective digital resources.

Leadership for Integration Launch

The first programme in a new leadership learning package offered jointly by NES, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) was successfully launched at the end of January.

New resource for community pharmacy teams

NES Pharmacy team has developed the `Common Clinical Conditions and Minor Ailments` resource to support the Out-of-Hours service in NHSScotland.

Scotland's Dementia Awards 2016

Scotland’s Dementia Awards celebrate creative approaches, innovation and best practice in all aspects of information, advice, care and support for people with dementia, their carers, partners and families.

A Toolkit for Safe, Effective and Person-Centred Care

Care that is safe, effective and person-centred is at the heart of the NHSScotland Quality Strategy and the 2020 Vision for health and social care. NES has developed a toolkit of resources available to health and social care teams to help promote individual, collective and organisational learning.

Getting to know Caroline Lamb

We announced the appointment of Caroline Lamb, our new Chief Executive, on 16 October this year.

#NESBaubles Festive Campaign

To celebrate the festive season, we’ve been bringing you 12 baubles from the NES Christmas Tree via Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

2014-15 Annual Report

Our 2014-15 Annual Report is now published and demonstrates how we are supporting the education, training and development needs of the NHS in Scotland and the health and social care workforce. For a brief overview, watch our animation at

NES 2015 Annual Review

The NES 2015 Annual Review was held in our Edinburgh offices on Wednesday 28 October 2015

Bereavement following pregnancy loss or loss of a baby

9-14 October was baby loss awareness week. NES, in partnership with the Scottish Government and Sands has developed a new bereavement e-Learning resource which is available on the maternal health Knowledge Network.

Supporting World Sepsis Day - September 2015

NES was delighted to support World Sepsis Day on 13 September 2015 and reinforce the message that infection prevention is essential to reducing mortality and harm from sepsis and improving outcomes for patients.

Meet the Goleniowskas

In August this year we were delighted to host a visit from Hayley Goleniowska and her family. Hayley is well known as being the founder of the blog, Downs Side Up.

New ScILs new skills

After ten months of hard work, learning and sharing, the first cohort of home-grown Scottish Improvement Leaders (ScILs) graduated on 27 August 2015.

Procurement Transformation

In September 2010 NES senior management implemented a review of procurement activities across NES. The findings from this review resulted in the introduction of the ‘No Purchase Order (PO) No Payment’ policy and approval from the Executive Team and Change Management Board to develop a centrally managed Procurement function.

NES at the 2015 NHSScotland Event

The NHSScotland Event took place 23-24 June at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow. Now in its tenth year, the theme of the event was ‘Leading Integration for Quality’. NES contributed to the event via the exhibition (stand number 42), the presence of the Mobile Skills Unit, and the poster display.

Getting knowledge into healthcare discussions

To make safe and effective decisions about patient care, healthcare professionals need quick, easy, reliable access to current, relevant evidence and recommendations for action, in hospital and community settings, and through mobile and desktop routes. From an educational perspective, practitioners need resources that support evidence-based and problem-based approaches to learning about best clinical practice, and which link quick guidance to knowledge for deeper study. NES Knowledge Services is delighted now to offer this support as a result of its recent tender for evidence summaries for point of care decisions and everyday learning.

NES at NHSScotland Event

The NHSScotland Event 2015 is firmly positioned in Scotland’s calendar as a key networking and educational event for those who work in and with the NHS in Scotland. The theme of the 2015 event is Leading Integration for Quality.

One out of Four

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) award-winning project, One out of Four, was developed by the maternal and child health team in NMAHP. A small project in terms of finance but large in terms of scope and impact.

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