Council of Deans of Health statement on placement capacity in Scotland

3 September 2020

Universities in Scotland are working with key partners to ensure sufficient placement capacity for healthcare subjects in the new academic year. The Council of Deans of Health Scotland welcomes the news from the Scottish Funding Council that the caps placed on student numbers in Scotland have been lifted for this academic year to accommodate an increased cohort. In order to educate these students, the Council and Universities Scotland are calling for increased support in providing placement capacity for healthcare subjects .

Dr Katerina Kolyva, Executive Director of the Council of Deans of Health, said:

“It’s fantastic to see heightened interest in healthcare careers in Scotland however Covid-19 presents huge challenges for the new academic year particularly around placement capacity. Universities in Scotland are working hard to provide placements to all healthcare students and will continue to collaborate with practice partners and other stakeholders. Cross sector support is needed to ensure quality education is delivered to the future healthcare workforce.”

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