#futurenurse is an educational programme with support and backing from NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and learning and development experts in NHS Lothian. It was set up following an idea by Colin McNulty, a Senior Nurse with NHS Grampian, who noticed that his son wasn’t able to dress up like his dad when taking part in play-based learning at school.
Colin’s idea was to create children’s nursing tunics, for play-based learning, that are based on the uniforms worn by modern nurses. Some children in Scotland have since had the chance to experience this type of play through the #futurenurse initiative.
NSS’s National Procurement team has been supporting the development, design and delivery of the tunics.
The #futurenurse initiative has to date, visited a number of schools where nearly 2500 children have had the opportunity to learn more about the nursing profession and meet real nurses.
At the same time, they’ve been wearing the new tunics, which are identical to the uniforms worn by today’s nursing workforce.
Rebecca Cruickshanks, Senior Commodity Manager at NSS National Procurement, commented: “The #futurenurse initiative is an excellent example of multiple areas coming together to achieve a shared goal through collaborative working. This was an opportunity for us to add even more value to the work of NHS Scotland.”
Dimensions, who produce uniforms for the whole of NHS Scotland, worked with National Procurement for the supply of the tunics.
Rebecca added: “Procurement has so much potential to make a real difference and this project really highlights that.”
To see the making of the children’s tunics watch our video.