NES is an education and training body responsible for developing and delivering healthcare education and training for the NHS, health and social care sector and other public bodies. Undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes are managed through the Training Programme Management (TPM) system on Turas. TPM holds information on Trainees, Trainers and Programmes for several staff groups, such as medical, dental, pharmacy, psychology, healthcare science, and optometry.
Information on the trainees for some programmes are reported as part of the official statistics publications.
What data are published?
An extract of the TPM database is taken to calculate the number of trainees on Psychology, Child and Adolescent Mental health, and Vocational Dental Practitioner programmes. These data are released as part of the three official statistics publications and allow users to see how the number change over time.
The number of trainees are extracted at 30 September and 31 March census each year for the following programmes:
Data are available from 2003 onwards in the Psychology Services Workforce official statistics publication
Child and adolescent mental health trainees
The number of trainees are extracted several times a year since March 2017 for the following programmes and from March 2021, data are available for 31 March and 30 September census:
Data are available from March 2017 onwards in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Workforce official statistics publication.
Vocational dental practitioners (VDPs)
A centralised recruitment process and a standardised training programme is designed to help recently qualified dentists make the transition from undergraduate teaching to independent practice. The programme is organised and administered by NES using TPM. The application process for vocational training takes place annually, and successful applicants start post in August.
The number of VDPs are extracted twice a year (at 31 March and 30 September census) from TPM. These data are combined with other dental workforce data and released in the dentist table of the NHSScotland Workforce official statistics publication.
A number of steps are in place to ensure that these data are reported accurately.
TPM is a dynamic operational system in which the data can change over time due to their live status and potential additional updates. Accuracy of coding is crucial to the quality and credibility of the data. The Data Group seeks to minimise data inaccuracies by maintaining communication with system administrators to ensure any changes are acknowledge ahead of extraction.
The above quality assurance processes result in trustworthy information being released as part of the NHSScotland Workforce publication and reduce the likelihood of any issues arising after publication.