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Numeracy in Healthcare

Strengthening education where nurses and midwives practice through
responding to calls for greater support for numerical competence development, a project team including subject experts from across the UK, has developed a unique, evidence-based exemplar benchmark for healthcare-related numeracy.

The report has been released in the form of an interactive website which links the research report itself with the exemplar tool, associated presentations and resources.

This initiative sets out a mechanism for more robust and consistent assessment of numerical competence amongst students and established healthcare staff to build confidence and support the refreshing of skills in this area.

Visit this interactive website at

Clinical Governance

This is a joint project with NHS Quality Improvement Scotland. We have commissioned Glasgow Caledonian University to create a suite of modules to support key staff, such as nonexecutive directors and other board members in the clinical governance aspects of their jobs.

These modules formed the first ever structured programmes in the clinical governance area. Three modules are available this year, and we have provided 180 free places on these courses.

Alongside this, we have appointed a project officer, who has prepared online learning resources which are designed to be used by all staff and, indeed, service users. So, while the modules are available for people for whom clinical governance is a key element of their role, the online resources meet the needs of people who want to more generally improve their understanding of the subject.

Healthcare Associated Infection

For details of educational resources to support nurses and midwives in relation to infection prevention and control, decontamination and antimicrobial stewardship please visit the HAI section of the NES website.

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