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The Boards Research and Development Role

The core business of the Board is to ensure that the educational standards set by UKCC are met in Scotland. The Board believes that a sound evidence base should underpin education and professional regulation. Thus, central to the Board’s core business is its research and development function which facilitates the assessment of the effectiveness and efficiency of the regulatory process and evaluates current pre and post-registration educational provision for nurses, midwives and health visitors. The Board is therefore primarily concerned with research and development in educational provision rather than clinical practice although, of course, there is a symbiotic relationship between the two.

The Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act (1997) specified that the Board is required to carry out, or arrange for others to carry out, research into methods of training for nurses, midwives and health visitors and to work in collaboration with the UKCC, to promote improved training methods. This is achieved by undertaking in-house research, commissioning major projects and undertaking a range of development projects.

The Board’s research and development activities are primarily informed by developments in healthcare provision and in education and training for nurses, midwives and health visitors. The evidence based movement in practice, education and professional regulation is also an important driver. Future strategy will be further influenced by the outcome of the review of the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act (1998) and the Human Resource Strategy for the National Health Service in Scotland (SODoH, 1998).

In addition, the Board has responsibility for the management of a trust fund inherited from the erstwhile General Nursing Council for Scotland (GNC). The income from the GNC Fund provides limited support to novice researchers in both clinical and educational settings and therefore assists in the development of research skills and promotes the use of research in practice.

If you wish to download the Board’s Research and Development Strategy click here