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NHSScotland SQA Qualifications Finder


Supporting Skills Development for NHSScotland Staff

A new website for vocational learning and qualifications is making it easier than ever for NHS support staff in Scotland to develop their skills and take the next step in their careers.

The NHSScotland SQA Qualifications Finder ( has been developed jointly by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). It is a one-stop website where support staff in the NHSScotland workforce can find information about vocational qualifications.

Over 70,000 people work in NHSScotland in a wide range of support roles and there are SQA qualifications designed to meet their learning needs, wherever they work. The site provides information about every SQA qualification relevant to support staff as well as lots of advice to help staff choose the type and level of qualification most suitable for them. It also helps people interested in a career in NHSScotland to understand what qualifications are available for each different role.

The site is updated regularly and contains details of hundreds of qualifications, from SCQF level 3 to SCQF level 11, which are organised by job family – from Business and Administration to Pharmacy Services. After finding and clicking on a qualification, staff are taken to the SQA subject homepage for that qualification. The subject homepage provides comprehensive information about the qualification including course content structure and content.

Sheena Greco, NES Education Manager, said: “By providing online access to training and development information, NHSScotland is helping to ensure patients and their families get the best healthcare possible from well trained staff.”

Stuart McLaren, SQA Senior Website Manager said: "The qualifications finder is a great practical example of how working in partnership with NHSScotland we have developed a tool to help people working in the NHS in Scotland to realise their potential and achieve their ambitions.”



Notes for Editors:

1. For Further information, please contact Ian Williamson

2. This new resource ( replaces the VQ Finder website at The VQ Finder website has been removed. Users of the VQ Finder URL will automatically be re-directed to the NHSScotland SQA Qualifications Finder 

3. NHS Education for Scotland is the national education and training Health Board. We are responsible for supporting NHS services to the people of Scotland through the development and delivery of education and training for all those who work in NHSScotland. We work closely with a range of partners to deliver our vision of Quality Education for a Healthier Scotland

4. Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)helps people to realise their potential and to achieve their ambitions by providing a wide range of high quality, internationally recognised qualifications and associated services.

We work with schools, colleges, universities and training organisations to develop and deliver our qualifications and assessments. Around 15,000 teaching professionals and industry specialists support SQA operations annually, helping to ensure that SQA qualifications accurately reflect learners’ knowledge and skills and provide routes to jobs or further study.

SQA also awards a range of other qualifications, including customised awards to meet the needs of individual companies and organisations. In addition, SQA provides advice, support and services, such as expertise in assessment, that enable organisations to succeed in meeting a wide range of educational and workforce development challenges.

Based in Scotland, we work across the UK and internationally. Our people take great pride in offering exceptional customer service — which is acknowledged by government organisations, universities, businesses and individuals throughout the world.

5. For vocational qualifications from other awarding bodies search here for all qualifications for Business and Administration staff, search here for all qualifications for Estates staff, search here for all qualifications for Facilities staff

6. Information about learning and development (including qualifications) for every job role in NHSScotland is also available here