19 student midwives have started the 20-month postgraduate programme, which is in partnership with NHS Highland, NHS Western Isles and NHS Orkney.
Speaking to the Press and Journal, UHI’s Deputy Principal and Head of School of Health, Social Care and Life Sciences, Professor Crichton Lang, said: “We are delighted that all of the development work to establish this programme has now come to fruition in this first cohort trainee midwives beginning their studies.”
The course has been developed shortly after the Scottish Government announced their commitment to support student nurses and midwives by increasing the bursary from £8,100 to £10,000 by 2020/21.
Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, said: “Our midwives are critical to the success of our NHS and I am delighted that the University of Highlands and Islands is welcoming its first intake of students onto its new, innovative midwifery programme.”
The full-time pre-registration shortened midwifery programme comprises of 60% practical and 40% theory, with clinical practice placements being offered by NHS Highland and NHS Western Isles located in urban, rural and remote areas.
The University of Highlands and Islands course is being offered to registered nurses who are on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register by the time the course commences.
Learn more about the course here.
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