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Pre-registration Midwifery Education

Midwifery Education Transition Project

Following the decision by the Scottish Government to make the transition from six Midwifery Higher Education establishments to three, a Midwifery Education Transition project was established and funded by the Scottish Goverment Health Department. The programme of work was managed by NHS Education for Scotland working with a Pre-registation Midwifery Education steering group.

The work has taken place over three years from 2011 and the transition to 3 providers will complete in September 2014.


Student midwife allocation to Health Boards

A model for student midwife allocation has been developed based on the number of births in Health Board areas. The model is also informed by workforce planning considerations. All Health Boards are allocated midwifery students.

Student recruitment

Information has been prepared for prospective student midwives to allow them to make informed choices about their programme. This includes information about placement areas, student support and travel and accommodation.

Shared placement areas

Meetings took place to develop links between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) sharing placement areas. There were also regional workshops to address challenges relating to student placements and to develop strategies for effective communication between HEIs and with the NHS.

Student support in practice

Practice Education Co-ordinators (PECs) were briefed about the Midwifery Transition project and local workshops held throughout Scotland to brief Practice Education Facilitators (PEFs) and mentors about the new programme. Information was produced for inclusion in mentor preparation programmes and mentor updates to ensure that mentors are prepared to support students.

The Scottish Government made additional funds available to the three HEIs providing pre-registration midwifery education for student support in practice, equivalent to 1 WTE AfC Band 7 each for 3 years. This is considered to have had a positive impact on the transition process.

The Midwifery Education Transition Project's final report is here.



After conclusion of the Midwifery Education Transition project, to continue to develop the close working relationships that had emerged through the transition steering group, the Midwifery Education Group Scotland (MEGS) was established. The group's remit is to enhance education and development of student midwives and midwives through national collaboration between providers of undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery education and continuing professional development in Scotland.  

NES continues to monitor progress of the implementation of the regional delivery model at local level through monitoring and review arrangements and through MEGS meetings where pre-registration midwifery education is a standing agenda item.  NES also supports the regular meetings of LMEs as well as maternal health educationalists from NES and other maternal health educational leads.

The MEGS's Terms of Reference can be found here.

For further information contact:

Professor Caroline Hollins-Martin, Head of Programme for Women, Children, Young People & Families (WCYPF)