Scotland: retirees will mentor newly qualified nurses

07 December 2018

Up to 100 retired nurses will be trained as ‘professional practice advisers’ to mentor new NHS recruits.

The pilot scheme, to be launched next year, will focus on health visiting, midwifery, district nursing and advanced practice. It will support government plans to boost the nursing and midwifery workforce in Scotland, including creating an extra 2600 posts.

Health secretary Jeane Freeman said: ‘To support our plans to significantly grow the NHS workforce, we need to look at ways we can effectively help our newly qualified nurses and midwives to reach their full potential.’

She added: ‘We don’t want valuable experience to be lost, and this pilot is an excellent way to explore how we can use the knowledge of retired staff to support recently qualified employees.’

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