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NHSGGC Protected Learning Time

The Scottish Government requires all NQPs to complete Flying Start NHS in the first 12 months of practice.  In line with this, it is a requirement of NHSGGC for all NQPs to undertake and complete the Flying Start programme.  To support this, following discussion with the NHSGGC Nurse Director/Interim AHP Director and Chief Nurses/Midwife, it was agreed that each NQP, during their first year of practice, will be afforded 24 hours (3 days equivalent) protected learning time away from the workplace. This is based on 2 x 12 hour shifts currently undertaken by nursing and midwifery staff, and will be rostered and planned for.  The study time will occur at approximately month 2 and month 8 of employment.  If there are any queries around facilitation of this learning time, please contact your PEF/CHEF .

This time is supported with facilitated learning resources which have been compiled by NHSGGC Practice Education team, to support NQPs with their learning and development, to meet the learning outcomes for the programme.  These resources include:

Electronic resource booklets: Four electronic resource booklets which will support you in Getting Started with Flying Start, provides evidence forms to allow you to document your learning, these can be printed, saved and/or uploaded to your professional portfolio, guide you through the sign off process for completion and how to get started with your TURAS professional portfolio.

Resources, videos and presenter-narrated presentations covering reflection, the pillars of practice, teamworking and working styles characteristics, comfort zones and self development, resilience, leadership, consolidation of learning, evidencing portfolio and moving forward in your career, as well as staff resources for your  Health and Wellbeing.  All of which, will guide your learning and development and support your understanding of the Flying Start programme.

Queries should be directed to your PEF or CHEF or via email to: