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New Nursing Director for NHS Education for Scotland


Karen Wilson has been appointed Director for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions at NHS Education for Scotland (NES), taking up post on 1 January 2018. 

NES Chief Executive Caroline Lamb said: 

"Dr Colette Ferguson is retiring in December 2017 after many years distinguished service to health and education. I wish thank Colette for her outstanding contribution and wish her well in the future. 

"I'm delighted to say that Karen Wilson will be joining us from the University of the West of Scotland, where she has been Dean of Scotland's largest School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery since 2015.  

"Prior to that, Karen was the first Director of Health Professions at the Scottish Ambulance Service having been a Nursing Officer then Deputy Chief Nursing Officer at the Scottish Government, where she helped establish initiatives such as Flying Start and Practice Education Facilitators.  At NES, we're all looking forward to working closely with her." 

Karen Wilson said:

"I’m really looking forward to joining the team at NES and bringing my wide range of experience to the post.  The need for relevant education, training and workforce planning has never been greater and I look forward to playing my part as a Board member and lead for the NMAHP Directorate including Psychology and Spiritual Care." 


Reference: PR2017-X019

Further Information From

Mary-Jo O’Brien, Communications Manager, NES, email

Note to Editors
1. NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is a national 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 supports the recruitment of professionals into Scotland.