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Nursing and Midwifery

Scottish Future Nurse and Midwife Programme Board

A Scottish Future Nurse and Midwife Programme Board has been established to support a "Once for Scotland" approach to the implementation of the new NMC Standards.

The group has a dual purpose:

  1. to provide strategic oversight, direction and governance to the implementation of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards of Proficiency for the registered nurse/forthcoming pre-registration midwifery, Standards for Education and Training 
  2. to consider the future nurse role in its entirety in Scotland.

The chair of the group is Professor Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government with representation from the NMC, Thought Leadership Group, Council of Deans, Scottish Executive Nurse Directors (SEND), National Strategic Group for Practice Learning (NSGPL), Scottish Care, Scottish Collaboration for the Enhancement of Pre-registration Nursing Group (SCEPRN), NHS Education for Scotland, Royal College of Nursing and Royal College of Midwives.


The future graduate workforce will be different from current registrants, with a greater focus on public health, health improvement and wellbeing, and a greater balance across physical and mental health.  Alongside the emergence of the new registrant, cognisance needs to be given to the current workforce, valuing their contribution in shaping the nurse of the future whilst ensuring ongoing CPD to support their development.

 The introduction of the new Standards is positioned within the Scottish Context of Health and Social Care Delivery Plan, the Nursing 2030 Vision and the CNO Commission on Widening Participation in Nursing and Midwifery Education and Careers. Our legacy is to ensure the right numbers of people are entering nursing and midwifery education, completing their courses and having long and satisfying careers as registered practitioners in Scotland.

Minutes of the Meetings of the Programme Board

First meeting held on 12th April 2018 here.

Meeting held on 27th June 2018 here

Ambitious new standards to shape the future of nursing and midwifery for future generations a presentation by Anne Trotter, Assistant Director Education and Standards given at the meeting is available here.

Meeting held on 12 September 2018 here

Meeting held on 26 November 2018. here 

presentation provided an update on the workplan progress for November 2018.

Meeting held on 7 February 2019 here

Meeting held on 29 May 2019 here

Meeting held on 28 August 2019 here

Two presentations were given at the August meeting and these are available below:

Meeting held on 27 November 2019 here

Meeting held on 12 May 2020 here

The next meeting of the group will be held during July 2020.


Approved workplan

A workplan was approved at the meeting held on 12 September 2018 (and subsequently has been updated as the work progresses) that outlines the workstreams, accountable officers and deliverables associated with a "Once for Scotland" approach. (please note this will be regularly updated).