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NHS Education for Scotland

A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

National trauma training programme

In 2016 NHS Education for Scotland was asked by the Scottish Government to develop a set of resources to promote and implement trauma informed practice within Scotland. This was due to the growing recognition of the impact of traumatic experiences on people.


Our overarching vision is to develop a trauma informed and responsive nation and workforce, that:

  • is informed by people with lived experience
  • recognises the importance of wellbeing in the workforce
  • recognises where people are affected by trauma and adversity
  • responds in ways that prevent further harm
  • supports recovery
  • and can address inequalities and improve life chances

Learning resources

Please view a summary of all of our current trauma training resources.

The knowledge skills and framework

This interactive document details the different knowledge and skills needed by workers to respond to those affected by trauma at different stages in their recovery:

The training plan

This practical guidance tool is designed to be used in conjunction with the Knowledge Skills and Framework to support all organisations in Scotland to develop their workers to understand the impact of trauma on people’s lives and be trauma-responsive.

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Last updated: 27/09/2020

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