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NES has published its new Learning and Education Strategy

NES has published its new Learning and Education Strategy

NES has published its new Learning and Education Strategy

NES has recently published its new Learning and Education Strategy 2023-26.

Learning and education is at the heart of what we do and is vital for the health, social care, and public service workforce, enabling individuals within it to be knowledgeable, skilled and competent to deliver good quality care and health and wellbeing outcomes.

The Learning and Education Strategy outlines our priorities from the NES Strategy 2023-26: People, Partnerships and Performance while preparing us to be adaptive, creative, and responsive to the system’s needs, workforce requirements, and Scotland’s communities over the next decade.

The new Learning and Education Strategy builds upon our strategic commitment to:

  • Co-design quality and excellence, by working with our partners and those with lived and living experience of health and social care services to shape our education, training, and resources.
  • Connect and collaborate, by building relationships and extending our reach nationally and internationally to innovate and learn from research and practice, adding value where it is most needed.
  • Cultivate capabilities, to build careers and a sustainable workforce which is fit for the future, both within NES and the wider health and social care system, anticipating and responding to the impact of technological and workforce innovations.
  • Continue to develop our culture of being inclusive and reflecting our values and behaviours in all that we do to support, empower, and value our staff, partners, trainees and learners.

Professor Karen Reid, Chief Executive of NES said:

“NES’s Learning and Education Strategy importantly sets out how we will deliver education and training across the health and social care workforce, as well as supporting our own colleagues within NES to do so. As with all of our work, collaborating with partners is key in recognising, learning from and responding to the learning and education needs of individuals, organisations, and health and social care services.
This new Strategy builds upon our strategic commitment and will ensure that those who work in health, social care and social work are skilled, confident, and motivated to continually improve outcomes for the people of Scotland.”


March, 20 2024