A range of measures to encourage people from a diverse range of backgrounds into nursing and midwifery have been recommended, following the publication of a major review, which was chaired by Professor Paul Martin CBE, Depute Principal of UWS.
Commissioned by Professor Fiona McQueen, Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer, and chaired by Professor Martin, recommendations include a national campaign to recruit a more diverse workforce and tackle negative stereotypes, more flexible routes into education, and using the commissioning of training places to incentivise widening participation.
Since being formed in April, the commission has worked closely with nurses, students, and those within the sector, to identify best practice and current barriers to entering the professions, and to make recommendations to address these.
The report was launched on 7 December by the Chief Nursing Officer and Professor Martin at the Ayr Campus of University of the West of Scotland. They and members of the commission met with students who entered nursing programmes through a variety of routes.