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Nursing and Midwifery

NHS Board and Partner Universities Practice Education roles

Practice Education Leads in Health Boards and Universities

Leads for practice education in NHS Boards contribute to the management of PEFs and provide professional leadership for NES Practice Educators.  They do this by guiding work programmes in a real and meaningful way to ensure that their job plans reflect the national priorities and are aligned to the NHS Boards organisational objectives.

Leads in our partner universities have been integral in supporting PEFs in their role, ensuring they have been integrated into practice learning within their organisation, building up their expertise in the pre-registration curriculum, in order they can share this with mentors.

The Leads in NHS Boards and the universities meet collectively with the NES Practice Education team twice a year.  The core function of this is to collaborate on the key priority areas within Practice Education during the year.  In addition, these events have proved a useful two way exchange for professional discussion and development and sharing of initiatives.

Practice Education Facilitators (PEFs)

There are over 100 Practice Education Facilitators in all of the NHS Boards in Scotland. They provide support and ongoing development for mentors, in particular in the areas of student assessment and decision making. Supporting and enhancing the quality of practice learning experiences for all learners is also a key element of the role.

Read more about the role of the PEF


There are over 20,000 Nursing and midwifery mentors in NHS Scotland who play a key role in the preparation of the future nursing and midwifery workforce, and the contribution of their role is recognised and defined by the NMC Standards to support learning and assessment in practice.

A mentor is a nurse or a midwife who has completed an NMC approved mentor preparation programme.

They have developed knowledge and skills to an appropriate level to be able to support and assess all learners in practice, including students on NMC approved pre-registration nursing and midwifery education programmes.

In addition to resources developed by NHS Boards and universities, additional material can be found in the following link:

Select this link for mentor resources