Increasing the workforce in remote and rural areas
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Increasing the workforce in remote and rural areas

Hazel Powell Lecturer and teaching fellow, Edinburgh Napier University, NHS Lothian
Chris Darbyshire Senior lecturer in mental health and learning disability, Glasgow Caledonian University
Colin MacPherson Lecturer in learning disability, Edinburgh Napier University, NHS Lothian
Christine Pollock Senior lecturer in Adult nursing and school director, Academic development for undergraduate programmes at Edinburgh Napier University
Pat Bradley Director of policy and external relations, University of Stirling

Three universities in Scotland have collaborated on a pilot scheme to help learning disability nurses practise closer to home. Hazel Powell and colleagues discuss the results

This article describes a pilot scheme launched to address workforce needs in remote and rural areas of Scotland, in which three universities collaborated in the delivery of a pre-registration learning disability nurse education programme. The article includes findings from an interim evaluation of the scheme and makes recommendations for improvement. This article will be of interest to academics, learning disability nurses, commissioners and workforce planners throughout the UK who want to devise flexible and sustainable models of pre-registration nurse education in all fields of nursing.

Learning Disability Practice. 15, 7, 28-31. doi: 10.7748/ldp2012.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

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