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Scotland's health education praised by independent review


16-February-2016

The training and education of Scotland’s healthcare workforce has been praised following an independent UK wide review, with NHS Education for Scotland singled out as  ‘world class’.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Quality Review of UK Health Care analyses the quality of care on offer in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales and was published this month and will help drive further improvements in Scotland.

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 NHS Scotland. At any time this means NES is responsible for over 6,500 trainee healthcare professionals and also supports the recruitment of professionals into Scotland. 

The OECD review said Scotland had “world-class training programmes”. It went on to say: 

  • “The comprehensive suite of tools Scotland uses to train its health workforce makes it a leader among OECD countries.”
  • “NHS Education for Scotland supports an ambitious training agenda, much of it focussed on quality improvement.”
  • “NHS Education for Scotland is one of the strengths of the Scottish health care system.” 

Chief executive Caroline Lamb said:

“Our aim is to provide excellence in health and care for the people of Scotland through high quality education, training and development. To be mentioned in a report this way is fantastic. 

“We know there will always be more ways we can improve but ultimately this is about making sure the people of Scotland receive the best possible care, through the best trained staff. 

“This report isn’t just about NES – it is about our partners in Scottish Government, the Territorial and Special Health Boards, in the universities and the regulatory bodies such as the General Medical Council and the Nursing & Midwifery Council who work with us closely to make sure training is the very best in this country.”

ENDS

Further Information from

Stuart Baird, Interim Head of Communications, tel.  07799 678009.

Notes to Editors

The OECD Quality Review is available here:
http://www.oecd.org/unitedkingdom/oecd-reviews-of-health-care-quality-united-kingdom-2016-9789264239487-en.htm

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 NHS Scotland.

Our aim is to provide excellence in health and care for the people of Scotland through high quality education, training and development. 

We recruit, fund, manage training progression, and quality assure the workplace training placements for post-graduate professionals in key disciplines including medicine, dentistry, clinical psychology, pharmacy and healthcare science.  We also support undergraduate placements in medicine and nursing. 

We develop and commission courses, educational events and learning resources to support all staff who work in and with NHS Scotland in their continuing development.  This includes both profession specific requirements, and responding to Scottish Government priorities such as dementia and HAI.

We provide an extensive educational infrastructure that supports learning and workforce development across all of Scotland.  This includes resources in the shape of educators who we fund and place in NHS Boards and in care environments; and buildings and equipment such as the teach and treat centres which we support.  It also includes our digital infrastructure which enables individual learners to access data relating to their training records and progression; provides systems for them to record their learning in ePortfolios, supporting appraisal and revalidation; and gives them access to a wealth of elearning resources from NES and our partners.

In everything we do we work in partnership with NHS Boards, with national regulatory bodies, with Scotland’s universities and colleges and with organisations such as SSSC and SFC.  We operate across Scotland and maintain a local perspective through our bases in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness

Key figures: throughout 2014-15 our work included...

  • Support for 5,700 trainee doctors
  • Training 1,000 staff in clinical skills
  • Training 322 Family Nurse Partnership Practitioners
  • Revalidating 400 medical trainees
  • Funding 160 dental vocational training places
  • Overseeing a 96% pass rate of trainees on the pre-registration pharmacist scheme
  • Provided events for 200 health visitors and practice teachers
  • 93 Pharmacists Commissioned to undertake prescribing qualifications
  • 111 applications supported for the AHP Career Fellowship Scheme
  • 322 practitioners trained via the Psychology of Parenting Project
  • 2.1 million searches on the Knowledge Network