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New nursing director for national Scottish training agency

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Karen Wilson has been appointed director for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions at NHS Education for Scotland (NES).

NES is the national health board working to provide education, training and workforce development for those who work in and with NHS Scotland. It is responsible for over 6,500 trainee healthcare professionals and supports the recruitment of professionals into Scotland.

“The need for relevant education, training and workforce planning has never been greater”

Karen Wilson

Ms Wilson will take up post on 1 January 2018 and replaces Dr Colette Ferguson, who is due to retire at the end of the year. She will be joining NES from the University of the West of Scotland, where she has been dean of Scotland’s largest school of health, nursing and midwifery since 2015.

Prior to that, she was the first director of health professions at the Scottish Ambulance Service and before that a nursing officer, then deputy chief nursing officer for the Scottish government.

NES chief executive Caroline Lamb said: “Dr Colette Ferguson is retiring in December 2017 after many years distinguished service to health and education. I wish thank Colette for her outstanding contribution and wish her well in the future.” 

NHS Education for Scotland

New nursing director for national Scottish training agency

Karen Wilson

She added: “I’m delighted to say that Karen Wilson will be joining us. At NES, we’re all looking forward to working closely with her.”

Ms Lamb noted that while working for the government, Ms Wilson had helped establish a several initiatives, such as Flying Start and Practice Education Facilitators.

Speaking on her new post, Ms Wilson said: “I’m really looking forward to joining the team at NES and bringing my wide range of experience to the post.

“The need for relevant education, training and workforce planning has never been greater,” she said. “I look forward to playing my part as a board member and lead for the nursing, midwifery and allied health professions directorate including psychology and spiritual care.” 

NES was established in 2002, bringing together the Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education, the Post Qualification Education Board for Pharmacists, and the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland.

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