Professor Fiona McQueen, the Scottish Chief Nursing Officer, welcomed the Council of Deans of Health to its annual Council meeting in Glasgow on Wednesday.
Addressing the audience of senior healthcare academics, Professor McQueen spoke to the Scottish Government’s priorities for healthcare and education. The Council in Scotland has welcomed the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon’s, announcement that the bursary for care experienced student nurses and midwives will be increased with immediate effect to £8,100 and that from the academic year 2019/20, the bursary for all student nurses and midwives will rise to £8,100 a year and then to £10,000 from the academic year 2020/21.
Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Chair of the Council which represents UK university faculties engaged in education for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions, said:
“We were delighted to welcome the Chief Nursing Officer to our annual meeting and we look forward to working with the Scottish Government to support and develop the future healthcare workforce”.
The Council’s annual meeting looks to the academic year ahead and the important UK wide policy developments that impact on the education of the future nursing, midwifery and allied health professional workforce. This year’s event addressed student mental health; apprenticeship developments; reforms to midwifery standards; and Brexit. Other speakers included Professor Andrea Nolan, Convener of Universities Scotland, who provided a Scottish perspective on developments in higher education.