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NHS Education for Scotland

A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Care home education facilitators (CHEFs)

CHEFs work in teams, in care homes, primarily for older people, to improve practice learning environments and to enhance the capability of mentors and teachers.

There are currently 11 CHEF posts across Scotland.

More about the CHEF role

CHEFs can enhance cross sector working, complementing the practice education network infrastructure in health boards.

The principle aims of the role are to:

  • enhance the quality of the care home learning environment by supporting the education and development needs of staff to better support students
  • improve quality of care in care homes, through sign-posting learning opportunities for nurses and support staff
  • support the development of both new and experienced mentors, practice supervisors, practice assessors and those in wider practice education support roles
  • contribute to collaborative working between care homes, the NHS and educational institutions
  • maximise the contribution care homes make to the development of the future nursing workforce

National priorities

Alongside this core CHEF function, every year three national priorities are identified by NES, NHS Boards practice education leads and higher education institutions colleagues, to enable the correct response to regulatory and policy drivers. 

View the National priorities for 2019-2020 [DOC]

CHEF highlight reports 2019-2020

The following reports contain some highlights from the work carried out by CHEFs:

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Last updated: 25/09/2020

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