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New and updated Flying Start NHS


Whether they work in the NHS or other health and social care setting, newly qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professionals across Scotland will be supported with their learning and professional development needs with today’s launch of the newly refreshed Flying Start NHS programme. 

Flying Start NHS supports the transition from pre-registration student to qualified, confident and capable health professional.  Newly qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professional working in any sector or setting can access the programme. 

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has redesigned the national development programme to support the professional development needs of practitioners.  The programme content reflects how the delivery of health and social care is changing – with a focus on the work environment.  It is more practical, work-based and can be tailored to individual needs. 

Key features of the refreshed programme include:

  • Simplified content – 4 learning units, organised around the Pillars of Practice
  • Learner directed – with a focus on what is most beneficial to learn in the workplace
  • New guidance – for new practitioners, managers and Flying Start Facilitators
  • Up to 3 months to register – to allow the practitioner time to settle into their new role 

Professor Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government said:

“Flying Start NHS is more important than ever, because it helps prepare today’s newly qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professionals for an exciting and productive career, taking advantage of new opportunities and roles.”

Dr Jacqui Lunday Johnstone, OBE, Chief Health Professions Officer, Scottish Government added:

“Our ambition is to develop confident, capable, well developed practitioners who are effective not just in their own right but as a key parts of multi-agency teams across health and social care.”

Dr Colette Ferguson, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions, NHS Education for Scotland said:

“I am proud of the legacy of Flying Start NHS and the role that it has played in supporting the development of our newly qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professionals working across health and social care settings.

“I’m delighted to endorse the refreshed Flying Start NHS which has been fully updated with the help of practitioners, and that it is designed to support the development of confident, skilled practitioners who will provide an important contribution to the health and care of people in Scotland.”


Reference: PR2017-013

Further Information From

John MacEachen, Communications, NHS Education for Scotland Tel. 0131 656 3436. 

Note to Editors
A new Flying Start animation is available on: 

The new resource is available on our Turas digital platform: .Turas Learn enables online materials and resources to be accessed anytime, anywhere from a mobile device or PC with an internet connection. 

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is a national special health board working to provide education, training and workforce development for those who work in and with NHSScotland. At any time, this means NES is responsible for over 6,500 trainee healthcare professionals and also supports the recruitment of professionals into Scotland.