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Educational Development

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Across NHSScotland, staff are engaged in ongoing learning to develop the knowledge and skills they need to deliver high-quality healthcare services

For some, this may mean undertaking formally recognised education programmes. However,  for many, most of the learning which takes place is informal and unrecognised.

Without formal recognition, this informal learning can be lost to both the individual and their employer. However, effective RPL systems can help to capture this learning. RPL can help individuals to gain credit for their learning, allowing them to progress in formal education programmes without having to repeat what they have already learned. RPL can also help employers understand more accurately the range and levels of knowledge and skills in the workforce, thus informing more effective targeting of resources to support workforce development.

NES is working with the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Partnership (SCQF) and partners in NHSScotland to develop RPL processes which can help the NHS to make the most of the informal learning which takes place in the workplace. Links to information about the background to this work can be found below.  

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