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Nursing and Midwifery

Supporting Scotland's nurses and midwives

The first NES nursing and midwifery strategy, Quality Education for a Healthier Scotland , set out the key themes and priorities for NES nursing and midwifery education from 2011 to 2014.

Our refreshed strategy (2014-2017) builds on the significant progress achieved to date and reinforces the value of education as a central force for promoting professional values and enhancing patients’ experiences and outcomes.

The role of the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Nursing and Midwifery Team is first and foremost about making positive impacts on the experiences and outcomes of patients and those who access health and care services in Scotland.

We aim to achieve these impacts through providing education and learning support for nurses, midwives and their support workers across the Career Framework for Health to enable them to deliver evidence-informed care that is safe, person-centred and effective. To achieve that, we will deliver across four key themes to enable harmonisation with national policy shifts and the NES Refreshed Strategic Framework 2014–19:


  • Developing an excellent nursing and midwifery workforce 
  • Improving quality of health and care through education and research 
  • Ensuring responsive education to meet service needs 
  • Enhancing educational infrastructure