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


Articles & Features

Spreading the word on quality and safety

The NES QI team are heading to the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, being held in Glasgow this year.

Future Nurse/Future Midwife National Event

The NMAHP Practice Education Team hosted a national event to discuss the new NMC standards framework for nursing and midwifery education

Networking, Sharing and Learning with the AHP Practice Education Network

In early March 2019 the AHP Practice Education Leads (PELs) within each Health Board were brought together for a two-day CPD event.

Clinical skills for AHPs

NES NMAHP working with CSMEN and the Mobile skills Unit to help AHPs develop their clinical skills

The Youngest Nurses in Scotland #FutureNurse

14 primary schools across NHS Grampian and NHS Lothian are being transformed as pupils as young as six are given the chance to become nurses for the day.

A digital library for health and care staff in Scotland

We are committed to providing free access to subscription resources to health and care staff on a "Once for Scotland" basis via the Knowledge Network. Following extensive negotiation with suppliers, we are delighted to announce the services that will continue to be available from April 2019.

Doctors encouraged to complete death certification etraining

Doctors in Scotland are being encouraged to complete two elearning modules on death certification.

8th Annual Event for Scientist Trainees

Our Healthcare Science workstream organised and ran its eighth annual event for scientist trainees in Edinburgh this month. The event which took place on 1 February is a key forum to engage with the trainee and supervisor workforce. Around 90 participants attended.

Developing your Aims and Change Ideas

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Developing your Aims and Change Ideas eLearning module on the QI Zone. This can be accessed via the digital platform Turas Learn.

Showcasing the work of our 2017/18 Scottish Improvement Leaders

Our annual networking event in December 2018 marked the graduation of our 2017–18 Scottish Improvement Leaders.

Improving the quality of Over-the-Counter consultations for simple analgesics

Our Pharmacy directorate has developed a new training resource for community pharmacy staff. It provides suggestions as to how to improve the quality of OTC consultations using a range of methods.

Widening the conversation with the NMAHP Twitter challenge

The NES Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP) Twitter group recently hosted a series of events designed to encourage staff to become more involved online by taking part in a 10-day Twitter Challenge.

Clinical Supervision

Various inquiries have highlighted lack of support and clinical supervision for staff as potential contributory factors for adverse care events. For support and clinical supervision to be embedded effectively, leaders and managers must value and promote them in their organisations. Colleagues within the NMAHP directorate collaborated and recently published an article which describes practical steps to support implementation of clinical supervision.

Improving Medical Services for Victims of Sexual Crime

A recent HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland report discussed the work that the Medical Directorate has undertaken recently for the Scottish Government. The report outlined persistent issues with the recruitment and retention of forensic physicians and the resultant challenges relating to sufficient cover, particularly in some areas; and the lack of female forensic physicians featured significantly in the feedback from victims via Rape Crisis Scotland.

NES Strategic Framework 2019 - 2024 survey update

We have been consulting with stakeholders on our new Strategy for 2019-2024. We have attracted approximately 100 responses, including 22 organisational returns. The feedback from the consultation will be compiled and a final draft of the Framework will be discussed at the NES Board meeting at the end of March.

Why Technology Enabled Care matters

Technology plays a critical role in 21st century health and care. With 66 per cent of people living with at least one long-term condition by the age of 65, it is more important than ever before that health and social care staff use technology such as wearable devices, home monitoring and video-conferencing to help improve people’s care and quality of life.

Clinical Healthcare Support Worker Survey

From April through to end June 2018, NES Nursing, Midwifery and AHP Directorate administered a survey to NMAHP clinical healthcare workforce across Scotland. The purpose of the survey was to explore HCSW learning needs and preferences. The survey was split into three sections: About you; Your qualifications; Learning and careers.

NHS and College collaboration event

Our Educational Development Team, in partnership with College Development Network, recently held a collaborative event with seven NHS Boards and colleges in the west region of Scotland. The goals were to share recent research on Board and College partnerships, provide opportunities to network and explore new ways of working collaboratively and gain an increased understanding of service needs and college provision.

First national learning module on technology enabled care

A new ‘Introduction to Technology Enabled Care’ (TEC) learning resource has been developed to address the recommendation for a national approach to learning and development from the research report – ‘Supporting Scotland’s Workforce’.

National Quality Improvement Award for NHS Lanarkshire SLCN Project

A NHS Lanarkshire project aimed at improving the confidence and competence of health visiting staff in identifying speech, language and communication needs and concerns in young children has won the National Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC) Quality Improvement Award in the category, Co-production with Families and Our Services.

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