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


Articles & Features

Identifying and responding to trauma in Scotland

The Scottish Psychological Trauma Training Plan, launched this month and the first of its kind in the UK, is designed to help organisations ensure their staff have the skills and knowledge they need to support those who have been affected by traumatic experiences.

Want to make a difference to the NHS in Scotland? (1)

The NHS impacts on everyone's lives at one time or another and this could be your chance to get involved with an organisation who helps to deliver better patient care by providing educational solutions for workforce development.

Technology Supporting People

In today’s connected world, technology is making it easier than ever before to access information and services. It has changed the way we shop, the way we travel, the way we watch TV – and it can change the way we manage our health, care and wellbeing too by enabling us to stay up-to-date, connected and in control.

Building leadership capability in health and social care

We’re pleased to announce a new Leadership Foundations eLearning programme. This programme of linked modules aims to support all staff as they develop their leadership and management capabilities, in line with the NHS Scotland values and with the goal that our services are led by the right people for any given situation, regardless of grade.

AHP Careers Fellowship scheme now open

The new remodelled AHP Careers Fellowship Scheme offers AHP staff working in the public sector in Scotland the opportunity to apply for a Fellowship that supports participation in a learning programme delivered by NES while leading on a work-based project to improve, change or develop AHP services.

Exciting collaboration between SMMDP and the Scottish Prison Service

The Scottish Multiprofessional Maternity Development Programme (SMMDP) recently worked with the Scottish Prison Service at HMP/YOI Grampian in Peterhead to provide clinical skills training to prison nurses. This exciting collaboration resulted from work we were already doing in Grampian with NHS Grampian Advance Care Academy.

“You’re learning something new every single day”: the GPN Trainee placement

Jennifer Nutkins, a trainee practice nurse, tells us about her experiences of doing a General Practice Nursing trainee placement:

NHSScotland Conference 2019

This year’s Conference was the setting for us to showcase the huge variety of work that goes on to support the NHS workforce every day.

New mental health improvement and suicide prevention resources

Clare Haughey, MSP, Minister for Mental Health launched our new online resources created to support implementation of Scotland’s public health priorities for mental health and Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan, Every Life Matters.

Dementia App updated

We have revised and updated our ‘Cognitive Rehabilitation in Dementia: A Learning Resource for Staff’ mobile application. The app, launched in 2017 and the first of its kind in Scotland, has proven to be a popular addition to the resources available for frontline staff when working with a person in the mild stages of dementia.

Showcasing Flying Start NHS to Australian nurse educators

Earlier this month two nurse educators from Melbourne, Australia visited Edinburgh to find out more about how NHSScotland supports newly qualified practitioners. The Epworth HealthCare representatives were visiting sites across the UK exploring models of support for novice nurses and best practice in the preparation of practitioners for life-long learning and career development.

Sharing NMAHP professional learning with Icelandic visitors

On Tuesday 14 May 2019, our NMAHP Post-Registration/Post Graduate and Continuing Professional Development Team welcomed four visitors from Landspitali University Hospital, Iceland.

Develop your search skills with new elearning modules

A new collection of six Literature Searching eLearning modules adapted for NHSScotland staff is now available on Turas Learn.

NES Healthcare Support Worker Learning Survey National Report April 2019

The NES Healthcare Support Worker (HCSW) Learning Survey National report April 2019 received responses from over 3,500 individual HCSWs in Scotland. The responses reflect experiences from HCSWs from 16 job families across nursing, midwifery and allied health professions.

NDS ReSPECT - first testable product

NES Digital Service (NDS) was established to build the National Digital Platform for health and social care, connecting real time data to give citizens access to health and care information in an accessible, secure way.

Breaking news of a death by telephone

We have produced a new animated short film ‘Delivering the news of a death by telephone’. This educational resource will be relevant to all staff in health and social care who may be involved in communicating the news of a death by telephone.

Testing your Change Ideas

We are pleased to announce the launch of another new elearning module on the QI Zone on Turas Learn. "Testing your Change Ideas" will provide you and your team with the knowledge to test out change ideas to see if they lead to improvement.

New development programme for NMAHP Educators in colleges and universities

A new bespoke development programme for University and College Education Staff leading Nursing, Midwifery and AHP (NMAHP) Health and Social Care programmes will help embed digital health and care into curricula to prepare a digitally competent and enabled health and social care workforce.

International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

The Scottish Government, NES and Healthcare Improvement Scotland jointly hosted an NHSScotland exhibition stand at the Spring IHI and BMJ International Forum on Quality and Safety in Glasgow from 27-29 March. At the annual gathering of healthcare professionals, improvers and leaders, NES exhibited a range of workforce development materials and included quality improvement information and a range of patient safety learning briefings.

Delivering a workforce to enhance the care for people living with dementia

The latest cohort of 93 health and social service Dementia Champions graduated on the 13th March 2019 bringing the total number of graduates since the programme began in 2011 to 950.

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