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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-04699: Ben Macpherson (Edinburgh Northern and Leith)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 15 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what support it offers to encourage qualified nurses to practice midwifery, and what courses are available.

Answered by: Shona Robison 25 November 2016

The Scottish Government's Nursing and Midwifery Student Intake Planning Group is considering options to increase access to conversion programmes for registered nurses. As part of its deliberations it will be considering whether the 18 month conversion programme previously run in Scotland should be reinstated, along with consideration of which Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) could provide that training given the desire to increase access for nurses based in the Highlands and Islands. The group is also considering the level at which registered nurses should be paid whilst undertaking conversion courses.

Additionally, we are encouraging those who trained or worked in NHS Scotland to return and work in the health service through our Return to Practice programme. A key focus of the programme is to bring experienced staff directly back into the workforce, so NHS Education for Scotland, the HEIs and NHS Board nursing leads that provide the practice placement experiences are looking at innovative ways to link returnees directly to employment.