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S5W-00878: Brian Whittle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many people are expected to graduate in midwifery courses in 2016; how many midwifery vacancies there are in each NHS board, and what action it will take to ensure that all graduates trained in Scotland are given the opportunity of full-time work in Scotland.

Answered by: Shona Robison 19 July 2016

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) collates data on midwifery graduates each year in its Nursing and Midwifery Annual Statistical Supplement report, which is available on request from NES. The report outlines that there were 87 midwifery graduates in 2014 and 96 in 2015.

The number of midwifery vacancies as at 31 March 2016 is shown in the following table.

NHS board

March 2016



NHS Ayrshire and Arran


NHS Borders


NHS Dumfries and Galloway


NHS Fife


NHS Forth Valley


NHS Grampian


NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde


NHS Highland


NHS Lanarkshire


NHS Lothian


NHS Orkney


NHS Shetland


NHS Tayside


NHS Western Isles


Information Services Division

Uniquely in the UK, the Scottish Government has been actively engaging with Higher Education Institutions, NHS employers, trade unions and professional organisations to maximise job opportunities for newly registered midwives under the one year job guarantee scheme. The Scottish Government is committed to providing an offer of employment to all registered midwives if they have been unable to find a post. NES administers the scheme in partnership with NHS boards through a nationally co-ordinated 'internship' programme, more information on which can be found on the NES website at