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South Lanarkshire College nursery practitioners first to achieve new oral health qualification


Media Release from NHS Education for Scotland, South Lanarkshire College and NHS Lanarkshire

From Autumn 2016 nursery practitioner students will be offered an accredited work based training qualification in oral health as a result of partnership working between South Lanarkshire College, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Education for Scotland (NES).

‘Supervised Toothbrushing in Nurseries and Schools’, backed by the ‘National Toothbrushing Standards’, is a Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6 national work-based award. It supports Childsmile, a national oral health initiative aimed at reducing inequalities in the standard of oral health and access to oral care for children.

South Lanarkshire College piloted this optional element of the nursery practitioner qualification in the second half of 2015 and earlier this year. 90 students enrolled in the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Early Education & Childcare took part. By the end of 2016 it is anticipated that 190 child care students will have completed the oral health module and achieved the SCQF qualification.

Lynda McBain, Curriculum Manager, Faculty of Care, South Lanarkshire College explained:

“Our desire to deliver this unit came as a result of an employer engagement session at which our nursery partners believed there was a need for students to be trained in Childsmile practices.

“We acknowledge the contributions of our NHS colleagues in helping us to become the first College to successfully pilot the module with ninety of our students achieving the qualification.”

Jose Marshall, Assistant Director for Priority Groups with NES, added:

“We were delighted to collaborate with South Lanarkshire College and NHS Lanarkshire to develop an SCQF level 6 module in oral health for students training to become nursery practitioners. The learning gained should lead to increased support for the Childsmile programme in nurseries and schools from this group of staff especially as this module will be offered nationally to other colleges of further education.”

Speaking about the launch, Trish Gray, Specialist Lead in Education, NES, said:

Lanarkshire Health Board approached me in early 2015, to tell me about the successful partnership working they already had with South Lanarkshire College. I looked at the oral health training they were delivering and began to apply learning outcomes that could be formally assessed. The perfect solution was to apply practical assessment that could be completed within the students’ placements. The result is a qualification which supports the ‘Health and Wellbeing’ element of the Curriculum for Excellence for nurseries and schools.”

Elaine Sharp, Senior Oral Health Educator, NHS Lanarkshire agreed:

“This initiative is another good example of joint working involving South Lanarkshire College, NES and NHS Lanarkshire. This will ensure staff working in nurseries and schools are prepared from day one of employment, in supporting the Childsmile Programme for the benefit of the children in Lanarkshire. This initiative is attracting interest across Scotland and is a good example of best practice and highlights the partnership working within education, health and social care.”

The new oral health learning module will have its official launch at South Lanarkshire College on Monday 14 November.


Reference: PR2016-029

Further Information From

Mary-Jo O’Brien, Corporate Communications, NES Tel. 0131 656 3213

Eddie Docherty, Communications, NHS Lanarkshire Tel. 01698 858107

Lisa Brown, Marketing, South Lanarkshire College Tel. 01355 807305

Note to Editors
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is a national special health board working to provide education, training and workforce development for those who work in and with NHSScotland. At any time this means NES is responsible for over 6,500 trainee healthcare professionals and also supports the recruitment of professionals into Scotland.

Our aim is to provide excellence in health and care for the people of Scotland through high quality education, training and development.

We provide an extensive educational infrastructure that supports learning and workforce development across all of Scotland.

In everything we do we work in partnership with NHS Boards, with national regulatory bodies, with Scotland’s universities and colleges and organisations such as Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and Scottish Funding Council (SFC).