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Nursing and Midwifery

Setting the Direction

Setting the Direction for Nursing and Midwifery Education in Scotland The strategic aims from the Chief Nursing Officer's Education Review

The Chief Nursing Officer’s Education Review reflected on the strengths and achievements in nursing and midwifery education and research.  Based on this work, six strategic aims now set the direction to prepare the nursing and midwifery workforce, in partnership with the wider health and social care team, to deliver the 2020 Vision for Health and Social Care in Scotland.

Setting the Direction Publication


 Setting the Direction Publication (2013) (pdf)


Six Strategic Aims for Nursing and Midwifery Education in Scotland

  1. Develop a sustainable national approach to post-registration and postgraduate education and continuing professional development.
  2. Embed NHS Scotland values and professionalism in all aspects of nursing and midwifery, education, research and practice.
  3. Deliver dynamic pre registration nursing and midwifery education
  4. Enhance the quality of the practice learning envrionment for staff and students
  5. Strengthen clinical academic collaboration to ensure tat research and evidence underpin and drive impvoements in quality
  6. Develop an infrastructure to deliver efficient, responsibe and sustainable education

 ‘Setting the Direction’ informs an implementation process and action plan that will identify the priorities for 2014 – 2017 and towards 2020. It will strengthen partnership working between the Scottish Government, funding bodies, NHS Education for Scotland, our universities and colleges, staff, service users and carers, professional and system regulators and professional and workforce leaders in health and social care.

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