Forthcoming Events

3rd National Event NHSScotland Healthcare Support Workforce: Make Your Learning Matter! Tuesday 28 February 2017

Registration for this Event is now closed, for further details please contact the NES Conference Team on 0131 656 3215/3216/4378 or

Visit the following exhibitors in the Victoria Suite and Grand Ballroom Foyer - don't forget to get your bingo card stamped!


College Development Network
The Care and NHS Network builds on already established links between the college sector and NHS. It works to ensure that flexible, national programmes of education are in place for learners across Scotland which allow the NHS and Health and Social Care Sectors’ workforce to respond to changing service needs and to deliver high standards of patient and client care.


NHS Education for Scotland:  Healthcare Associated Infections
The Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Team is committed to working with stakeholders to provide education and training to drive forward improvements in the prevention and control of infections in all care settings across Scotland.  Come join us at the stand and meet the team, ask questions, network, pick up a copy of the HAI resource leaflet and see first-hand the range of resources available.  Find out more about the forthcoming Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway. You will find information on all our resources on the website and can subscribe to the HAI bi-monthly e-bulletin via the website so that you are always up-to-date with the latest news.  

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NHS Education for Scotland:  Healthcare Support Workers
Want to find out about learning and development for Healthcare Support Workers in NHSScotland?  Our team is here to support you! Come and visit us to find out about

  • Resources for your learning and development 
  • Education pathways
  • Funding and access to learning and development opportunities 

Speak to people who can help you with any questions you have about your learning and development.   

For further information come along to NES stand which you will find in the Grand Ballroom Foyer


NHS Education for Scotland:  Knowledge Services
Do you ever find yourself searching online for health information either for your job or yourself? The Knowledge Services Team within NHS Education for Scotland provides a range of services and resources to assist all staff working in health and social care find, share and use knowledge in their work and learning. We have information tailored specifically for Health Care Support Workers, visit the stand to find out about what we can do for you.


NHS Education for Scotland: Person-Centred Care
Supporting HCSWs to understand the implications of the new Model Complaints Handling Procedure and the Duty of Candour for their role and provide them with some resources to support their practice.


NHS Education for Scotland: Promoting Excellence Dementia Programme
The Promoting Excellence Dementia Programme is for the whole health and social services workforce and has produced a number of learning resources that are particularly relevant to healthcare support workers.  The Learning Disabilities Programme have a range of learning resources and those about Positive Behavioural Support have been developed specifically to support the healthcare support worker workforce.


NHSScotland Careers
NHSScotland Careers - enabling users to explore the exciting, challenging and rewarding career opportunities available in NHSScotland. Whether you are a young person thinking about a career in NHSScotland, returning or looking to move into healthcare, take the decision to make a difference today - make NHSScotland your career choice.

The Palliative and End of Life Care Knowledge and Skills Development Framework for the Health and Social Service Workforce in Scotland

In December 2015, the Scottish Government published The Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care 2016-20211 which outlines a plan to implement ten commitments to ensure that ‘by 2021,everyone in Scotland who needs palliative care will have access to it’ (p.3).  Implementation is set within the wider context of public service reform and the integration of health and social care, thus ensuring that personal outcomes are at the heart of all service delivery.  Commitment 3 highlights the importance of a workforce that feels ‘adequately trained and supported to provide the palliative and end of life care that is needed’ (p.3).  NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) have been commissioned to develop and implement a framework to address the palliative and end of life care learning and development needs of the health and social service workforce. 

For further information on the new palliative care framework come along to NES stand which you will find in the Grand Ballroom Foyer


Royal College of Nursing Scotland
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the world’s largest professional organisation and trade union for nursing staff including clinical HCSWs. RCN Scotland promotes patient and nursing interests by campaigning on issues that affect our members, shaping national health policies, representing members on practice and employment issues and providing members with learning and development opportunities.  With around 40,000 members in Scotland, we are the voice of nursing.


Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework
The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) is Scotland’s national qualifications framework. The SCQF supports lifelong learning and can: • help people of all ages and circumstances to access appropriate education and training over their lifetime, so as to fulfil their personal, social and economic potential • help employers, learners and the general public to understand the full range of Scottish qualifications, how qualifications relate to each other and to other forms of learning, and how different types of qualification can contribute to improving the skills of the workforce.


Scottish Qualifications Authority
SQA is proud to support the care sector in Scotland. We support managers and educators to develop healthcare support worker roles with our wide range of qualifications — many developed in partnership with NHSScotland.


Skills Development Scotland
As Scotland’s skills body, our aim is to deliver the very best possible outcomes for Scotland’s people, businesses and the economy by focusing on skills planning and development, putting those skills to work and building fairer and more diverse workplaces.


The Open University
The Open University in Scotland is the leading provider of part-time higher education, with over 15,000 students in Scotland. We have worked with NES to identify relevant courses and study pathways according to your job family. Whether you have never studied before, are returning to study or already have a degree, the OU in Scotland offers flexible, work-related courses at a range of different levels for the healthcare workforce. You can access more details here


Learn with Unite. Providing learning where and when wanted.


Workers Education Association Scotland
WEA Scotland is the largest third sector provider of Adult Education in Scotland. We bring the opportunity to develop communication skills to your workplace.