NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has a Scotland-wide role in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development. The NES mission is enabling excellence in health and care through education, workforce development and support.

NES is the national NHS Board with responsibility for education, training and workforce development. We work with key partners in the Scottish Government, NHS Boards, regions, social care, the academic sector and UK professional bodies and regulators across Scotland’s diverse geography.


The work of NES supports the Cabinet Secretary’s priorities on waiting times, integration, mental health, primary care and healthcare associated infection and maintains our focus on providing the right numbers of trained staff in the right place at the right time.

Through a whole system approach and through working with our key partners across health and care, our strategy for 2019-24 continues to extend our core business into areas that improve the attractiveness of healthcare careers and recruitment and retention. It describes our ambition to enhance the training and employment experience supported by digital innovation and a step change in the quality of data available.

At NES, we believe that education is a force for positive change, supporting health and care services through a well-developed workforce, with the right skills and behaviours to provide new models of care which cross traditional public service boundaries.

As the national training and education body for NHS Scotland we have a key remit in supporting the whole service, in addition to our own workforce, to deliver the Scottish Government’s Everyone Matters: 2020 Workforce Vision.

Our five key areas of focus are:

 • A high-quality learning and employment environment 

• National infrastructure to improve attraction, recruitment, training and retention

• Education and training for a skilled, adaptable and compassionate workforce

• A national digital platform, analysis, intelligence and modelling

• A high-performing organisation NES.