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


Articles & Features

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.

Local Delivery Plan 2015-16

We are pleased to introduce our local delivery plan (LDP) for 2015-16, setting out the detail of our activities for the year ahead and giving our staff and stakeholders clarity on what we are going to do and why.

Digital Transformation

As part of our commitment to continual improvement we have developed a Digital Strategy which provides a single vision for the development and delivery of all our digital and related services. This is based on the need to be Digital by Default. It has started a Digital Transformation which is the organisational change required to make the single vision possible.

Supporting the Scottish strategy for autism

The Autism Training Framework outlines the skills and knowledge required at different levels within the health and social care workforce to achieve key outcomes for people on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It describes the knowledge and skills required by generic health and social care workers who will occasionally encounter a person with ASD through to those who provide highly specialist interventions in ASD services.

Death certification is changing

Every death in Scotland must be certified by a doctor who completes a form called a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD). The MCCD confirms that the death has occurred and records key information about the death, including the cause of death. From 13 May 2015The Certification of Death (Scotland) Act 2011 will introduce a number of changes to the current system.

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