The Council of Deans of Health has responded to the announcement of new investment for innovative technology to support healthcare education in Scotland.
Professor Fiona Coutts, Convenor of the Council of Deans of Health Scotland said:
‘The Council of Deans of Health very much welcomes this funding, which will support healthcare education at this difficult time. The unprecedented pressure put on the health and social care sector by the pandemic has depleted practice placement capacity and opportunities for students. Universities in Scotland have responded by providing alternative and simulated practice experiences, supported by additional flexibility from professional regulators.
Staffing and infrastructure for simulated and technology-assisted placement experiences is expensive but sustained investment will allow universities to educate more nurses, midwives and allied health professionals for the Scottish health and social care workforce. I would like to thank all academic staff, professional services staff and our practices colleagues for their continued hard work to ensure that students meet their learning outcomes during this difficult time. My thanks to the healthcare students in Scotland – you have been amazing.
We are also pleased to see additional funding for an increased number of education staff to supervise students on placement and look forward to seeing further details on both these funding announcements.’
Scottish Government has announced £3.8million of funding will be for university staff to deliver new and alternative placements with the details still to be confirmed.