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Nursing and Midwifery

Pre-registration Nursing and Midwifery Programme

The aim is to support performance management in pre-registration nursing and midwifery education on behalf of Scottish Government to ensure:

  • recruitment, selection and retention of the best candidates for professional practice
  • the provision of excellent student experience across contemporary healthcare, thereby producing registered nurses and midwives who are fit for purpose to work within the dynamic health care policy environment in Scotland.

In addition to this NES also promote educational enhancement through partnership working and by informing, sharing, improving and sustaining strategies for key educational issues such as recruitment, selection and retention.

NES promotes excellence in pre-registration nursing and midwifery education by working with universities, service providers and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to ensure the delivery of pre-registration nursing and midwifery education standards.

Policy Context

The Chief Nursing Officer’s Education Review, ‘Setting the Direction’ (2014) reflects on the strengths and achievements in nursing and midwifery education and research. Based on this work, six strategic aims now set the direction to prepare the nursing and midwifery workforce, in partnership with the wider health and social care team, to deliver the 2020 Vision for Health and Social Care in Scotland.

Setting the Direction’ informs an implementation process and action plan that will identify the priorities for 2014 – 2017 and towards 2020. It is about strengthening partnership working between the Scottish Government, funding bodies, NHS Education for Scotland, our universities and colleges, staff, service users and carers, professional and system regulators and professional and workforce leaders in health and social care.

One of six strategic aims is to ‘Deliver dynamic pre-registration nursing and midwifery education’.  The Pre-registration Nursing and Midwifery programme of work supports this strategic aim.

Currently the Pre-registration Nursing and Midwifery programme of work includes:

  • Performance Management of pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes across Scotland
  • Educational Enhancement  - Scottish Collaboration for the Enhancement of Pre-registration Nursing(SCEPRN)
  • Pre-registration Midwifery Education
  • Recruitment, Selection and Retention