A new voice for Scottish nurses and midwives

Council of Deans of Health Scotland will focus on strategical policies

Academics from 14 universities in Scotland have launched a new group to be the voice of nursing and midwifery.

Council of Deans of Health Scotland (CoDH Scotland) held its inaugural meeting last month after replacing the Scottish Heads of Academic Nursing & Allied Health Professions (SHANAHP).

The previous group worked primarily on operational issues such as the transition of responsibility for commissioning of nurses to the Scottish government and lobbying for adequate funding for student places.

The new-look team, which will meet once every two to three months at the campuses of its member universities including Aberdeen, Stirling and Glasgow, will focus more on strategic matters.

The four main areas identified are Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals research, postgraduate and continuing professional development, commissioning and setting of the curriculum.

CoDH Scotland convener, Brian Webster-Henderson said: ‘SHANAHP has enjoyed a very good relationship with the council [Council of Deans] in recent years but it was agreed by our Scottish members that we could work best as one organisation operating across the UK.

‘We are in the early stages of developing our key priorities for Scotland and these will inform our activity in the coming months and years.’

For more information visit the Council of Deans of Health website

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