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What is NBS?
When was NBS established?
Where does NBS get its authority from?
What is the main business of NBS?
What other services does NBS offer?
What standard of service can I expect?
Who does NBS collaborate with?
Where is NBS located?
What is the membership of the NBS Board?
How is NBS staffed?
What other advice does NBS draw on?
How can you obtain further information?

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WHAT is NBS?

NBS (which stands for National Board for Scotland) is an abbreviation of the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland.

NBS is the statutory body responsible for ensuring standards of education and training for nurses, midwives and health visitors in Scotland.

NBS is an executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB). This means that, although NBS is an autonomous statutory body, it is accountable to the Secretary of State for Scotland, through the agency of the Management Executive for the National Health Service in Scotland.

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WHEN was NBS established?

NBS was established as an NDPB in July 1983.

National Boards in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and a United Kingdom Central Council (UKCC), were also established in July 1983.

In April 1993, NBS was reconstituted as an executive NDPB.

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WHERE does NBS get its authority from?

The statutory responsibilities of NBS are set out in The Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979, as amended by The Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1992. The Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1997 consolidated these two earlier Acts.

The National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland Order 1993 (Statutory Instrument 1993 No. 637 (S.83)) sets out the constitution and functions of NBS, and other associated matters.

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WHAT is the main business of NBS?

NBS' main business is to maintain and develop standards of professional educational provision for nurses, midwives and health visitors in Scotland.

The standards are set by the UKCC and NBS ensures that they are met in Scotland. In order to maintain and develop the professional standards of education, NBS:

approves the educational institutions which provide courses in nursing, midwifery and health visiting;

approves the courses provided by these institutions;

monitors course and institutional standards;

collaborates with UKCC in bringing about improvements in professional
preparation; and

disseminates good practice.


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WHAT other services does NBS offer?

Course Validation
professional validation of courses.

Courses Available
advice on courses and options for qualifying.
central applications to training clearing house (NBS CATCH System).


Midwifery Supervision
advice to Local Supervising Authorities on the UKCC's standards for the supervision of midwifery practice.

Research
research into educational developments.
funding for small-scale research, study tours and research training fellowships.


Careers
careers information and brokerage service.

Statistics
information on educational trends
statistical database.


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WHAT standard of service can I expect?

The NBS Charter sets out the standards of service you can expect and what to do if you have any concerns.


WHO does NBS collaborate with?

NBS and UKCC work together, in the public interest, to set, ensure and improve standards of professional preparation for nurses, midwives and health visitors in Scotland.

NBS also works in collaboration with a wide range of agencies which serve the Scottish population, particularly:

those involved in purchasing or providing quality health care;

those concerned with delivering high standards of education.


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WHERE is NBS located?

The NBS offices are at 21 - 22 Queen Street, Edinburgh, which forms part of a Georgian terrace on the fringe of Edinburgh's famous New Town.

The postal address is 22 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1NT.

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WHAT is the membership of the NBS Board?

There are 10 members on the NBS Board:

7 non-executive (including the Chairman):-

Professor Margaret Alexander CBE
Chairman

Email: margaret.alexander@nbs.org.uk
Consultant
Department of Nursing and
Community Health
Glasgow Caledonian University
Miss Linda Sydie
Deputy Chairman
Head of Dept. of Health & Nursing
Queen Margaret University College
Edinburgh
Mr George Brechin
Non-Executive Member
Chief Executive
Fife Primary Care NHS Trust
Mrs Lorne Davidson
Non-Executive Member
Matron/Clinical Services Director
Albyn Hospital
Aberdeen
Mrs Isobel d'Inverno
Non-Executive Member
Director - Corporate Tax
MacRoberts Solicitors
Edinburgh
Professor Bill Stevely
Non-Executive Member
Principal & Vice Chancellor
The Robert Gordon University
Aberdeen
Mrs Brenda Thorpe
Non-Executive Member
Midwifery Services Manager
Cresswell Maternity Hospital
Dumfries



3 executive (Chief Executive, Executive Director (Standards), Executive Director (Resources))
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Mr David Benton
Chief Executive

Email: david.benton@nbs.org.uk
Executive Board Member
Chief Executive at NBS
Mr Peter Taylor
Executive Director (Resources)
Director of Personnel

Email: peter.taylor@nbs.org.uk
Executive Board Member
Head of Resources Directorate
Ms Helen Mackinnon
Acting Executive Director (Standards)

Email: helen.mackinnon@nbs.org.uk
Executive Board Member
Head of Standards Directorate



All of the Board members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Scotland.

The Board has overall responsibility for strategic planning and operational control.

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HOW is NBS staffed?

The NBS staff is organised in operational teams working within two Directorates:


Operational Teams

STANDARDS DIRECTORATE

Educational Standards: Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting
Advice on Midwifery Practice Standards
Research and Developments
Registry

Mrs Audrey Cowie
Professional Officer

Email: audrey.cowie@nbs.org.uk
Clinical Nursing (Pre-Registration)
Research Dissemination
GNC Fund
Teachers (Continuing Education)
Mentorship and Preceptorship
Records/Indexing
CATCH
Palliative Care
Cancer Nursing
Acute High Dependency
Clinical Supervision
Medico-Legal Issues
Mr Bill Deans
Professional Officer

Email: bill.deans@nbs.org.uk
Nursing
Community Health Care
Children and Young People
Public Health and
Occupational Health Nursing
Nursing of Older People
Health Promotion
Mentorship and Preceptorship
Non-NHS Sector (policy issues)
Occupational Standards
Mrs Liz Gillies
Professional Officer

Email: liz.gillies@nbs.org.uk
Clinical Nursing (Post-Registration)
Palliative Care
Cancer Nursing
Acute High Dependency
Management Programmes/
Charge Nurses
Clinical Supervision
Careers
Mrs Sue Hickie
Professional Officer

Email: sue.hickie@nbs.org.uk
Clinical Nursing (Post-Registration)
Community Health Care Nursing
Sexual Health
Health Promotion
Public Health and
Occupational Health Nursing
Information and Communication Technology
Nurse Prescribing
Miss Beatrice Grant
Professional Officer (Midwifery)

Email: beatrice.grant@nbs.org.uk
Midwifery
Neonatal Paediatrics
Sexual Health
Teachers (Initial Preparation)
Quality Assurance Issues
Mrs Mary Boyle
Professional Officer (Seconded)

Email: mary.boyle@nbs.org.uk
Clinical Nursing (Pre-Registration)
Learning Disabilities Nursing
Mrs Carol Watson
Professional Officer (Seconded)

Email: carol.watson@nbs.org.uk
Clinical Nursing (Pre-Registration)
Forensic Mental Health Nursing
Clinical Supervision
Clinical Competencies
Dr Sheila Inglis
Registry Manager

Email: sheila.inglis@nbs.org.uk
Institutional Approval
Course Approval
Secretary to Standards Committee
Secretary to R&D Committee
Register of Experts
Conferences and Seminars



RESOURCES DIRECTORATE

Finance
Statistics
Records
Careers
CATCH
Corporate Services

Personnel

Mr Alan Davidson
Finance Officer

Email: alan.davidson@nbs.org.uk
Preparation of Accounts
Budgeting and Estimates
Receipts and Payments
Payroll
Superannuation
Mrs Christine Waddington
Information Services Officer

Email: christine.waddington@nbs.org.uk
Computerised Systems
Information Technology
Website Management
Statistical Information
Mr David Ferguson
Board Secretary/
Corporate Services Manager

Email: david.ferguson@nbs.org.uk
Open Board Meetings
Open Seminars
Open Days
Publications Editor
NBS News and Annual Report
Publicity and Advertising
Student Sponsorship Scheme
Internal Support Services
Mrs Lorna Hendrie
Careers/CATCH Manager

Email: lorna.hendrie@nbs.org.uk
Centralised Applications to
Training Clearing House (CATCH) Careers Information Service
NBS Exhibitions
Mrs Sandi Millar
Personnel Officer

Email: sandi.millar@nbs.org.uk
Recruitment and Selection
Performance Management
Staff Training
Job Evaluation
Miss Kathleen Reynolds
Records Officer

Email: kathleen.reynolds@nbs.org.uk
Indexing of Students
Transfers of Training
Discontinuations of Training
Completions of Training


The day-to-day management of work programmes is delegated to the operational teams, whose work is supported, as necessary, by task teams set up for specific purposes.

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WHAT other advice does NBS draw on?

The Board's work is supported by four Committees, each chaired by a Board member:

Standards Committee
Research and Developments Committee
Audit Committee
Remuneration Committee.


Another main source of advice is the
NBS Register of Experts.

NBS also maintains a wide network of regular contacts. In the main, these are people working with and for the nursing professions in Scotland.


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HOW can you obtain further information?

All enquiries regarding NBS and its work should be directed to:

The Chief Executive
NBS
22 Queen Street
Edinburgh EH2 1NT

Tel:0131-226 7371
FAX:0131-225 9970
www.nbs.org.uk

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