Nurses currently working in NHS Western Isles can apply for the University of the Highlands and Islands Shortened Midwifery Programme.

The postgraduate diploma, which has been developed in partnership with NHS Highland, NHS Western Isles and NHS Orkney, will enable registered nurses to become fully qualified midwives in 20 months, helping to meet the needs of communities across the north of Scotland.

The course has an emphasis on providing care in a remote and rural context. Students will learn through a combination of face-to-face classes at the Centre for Health Science, online study via the university’s virtual learning environment and placements with NHS Highland, NHS Western Isles, NHS Orkney and NHS Grampian in urban, remote and rural island-practice areas.

Mary Burnside, Interim Head of Midwifery for NHS Highland, said: “This is a unique and amazing opportunity for nurses living and working in NHS Highland to train close to home and secure a midwifery post on completion of the programme.

“The course has been designed and delivered by expert clinicians with a practice-led and research-based curriculum. It lasts 20 months and will involve clinical practice placements provided by NHS Highland, NHS Western Isles and NHS Grampian in urban, remote and rural island practice areas.

“Feedback from the first cohort who are currently undertaking the course has been excellent and I look forward to ongoing work with these students and the next cohort who will start in Jan 2020.”

Nurses currently employed and working in NHS Highland and NHS Western Isles have until the end of this month (31st July) to apply.

More information regarding the programme can be found on the University of Highlands and Islands webpage here.