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NHS Education for Scotland

A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Nursing and midwifery practice educators

Practice Educators (PEs) are a national network of nursing and midwifery registrants who:

  • contribute to the development, planning and organisation of continuous professional development for nurses and midwives
  • support the application of learning in practice
  • promote a positive learning environment

We are part of the NES NMAHP Practice Education infrastructure collaborating with regional boards and other healthcare organisations.

Being a PE 

We are hosted in the 14 regional health boards either in full-time or part-time roles and are referred to collectively as the NES Practice Educator National Network (NESPENN).

Our aim is to support the Scottish nursing and midwifery workforce in their professional learning and development.  This contributes to the delivery of safe, effective and person-centred care, to ensure best outcomes for patients. 

Practice Educators work collaboratively alongside clinical and education colleagues within the regional health boards and with strategic stakeholders such as the Scottish Government and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  

We work with Practice Education Leads, Practice Education Facilitators (PEFs), Care Home Education Facilitators (CHEFs) and Allied Health Professional practice education leads (AHP PELs). 

NESPENN enables us to collaborate effectively, share experience and expertise, and support key national, regional and local developments and initiatives.  

What we do 

  • support both NES and the regional health boards in meeting key priorities
  • establish relationships with clinical and education colleagues in the regional health boards to enhance knowledge sharing and collaborative working
  • share best practice and learning resources
  • obtain feedback on user experience of NES resources to inform future NES educational developments and ensure they are relevant, appropriate and delivered in a way that addresses service and practitioner need
  • support the implementation and review of multidisciplinary education initiatives
  • contribute to quality assurance and governance in relation to education, continuing professional development and revalidation
  • engage in strategic partnership working to identify and support staff from across the career framework
  • contribute to meetings and working groups at a national level, both internal and external to the organisation  
  • contribute to the development of strategies to ensure equity of access to education and appropriate learning and development opportunities 


Key work streams

Clinical Supervision                                         Facilitation of Learning








Last updated: 05/01/2023

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