Scotland: more funding for students to ensure practical education

21 May 2021

Nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students are set to access alternative clinical placements to ‘support their practical education disrupted by Covid’, the Scottish Government has announced.

Funding of around £8m will be used to ease pressure on clinical placement capacity so that students can still gain the required skills and practice hours.

University staff will be able to deliver new placements and practical training using ‘innovative technology’.

The government also said there will be a 50% increase in the number of education staff who supervise students on clinical placement.

This is to include more staff to support students in care homes and other health and social care settings.

Health secretary Jeane Freeman spoke of the ‘extraordinary dedication, resilience and commitment’ shown by students.

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