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NHS Education for Scotland

A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Nursing and midwifery practice educators

There are 12 whole-time equivalent NES nursing and midwifery practice educators referred to collectively as the NES Practice Educator National Network (NESPENN). We are hosted in the 14 territorial health boards either as full-time or part-time employees through partnership arrangements. Our aim is to support the delivery of safe, effective and person-centred care, ensuring the best outcomes for patients through supporting our nursing, midwifery and allied health professional (NMAHP) practitioner colleagues in their professional learning and development.

What we do

Our employment model provides opportunities to work collaboratively alongside clinical and education colleagues within our Boards as well as our strategic partner organisations such as the Scottish Government and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This approach also enables us to contribute to activities aligned to programmes of work within the NES NMAHP directorate. We work within the NES practice education team infrastructure nationally and locally in partnership with: practice education facilitators (PEFs), care home education facilitators (CHEFs) and allied health professional practice education leads (AHP PELs).

Working as a network enables us to collaborate effectively, share our experience and expertise, and support key developments and initiatives. We support both NES and our Boards in meeting their key priorities, learning from each other and sharing best practice and learning resources. Our role enables us to establish relationships with clinical and education colleagues in our Boards. We can access their expertise, gain an understanding of their learning needs and obtain feedback on their user experience when engaging with NES resources. This can inform and shape future NES educational developments, ensuring they are relevant, appropriate and delivered in a way that addresses service and practitioner need.

NESPENN priorities for 2021-22 include a focus on supporting the national rollout of the restorative model of clinical supervision for the nursing and midwifery workforce, and the NHS Scotland Framework supporting the implementation of the NMC preceptorship principles for nurses and midwives.

Practice educator annual report

Providing a summary of key achievements from the Practice Educator National Network.

Contact us

To contact the practice education team or find out who your local practice educator is please email:


Last updated: 27/09/2020

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