​Scotland brings in 12,000 medical students to help fight the pandemic

By Yasmine Hachem

​Scotland brings in 12,000 medical students to help fight the pandemic

In an aim to combat Covid-19, the Scottish Government Is deploying about 12,000 students across Scotland’s health service.

With 3000 nursing and midwifery students being sent on placement this month, a further 7000 students will be placed next month.

In addition, another 1500 health professional students and 500 paramedic students will also be deployed next month.

Placements in practical healthcare settings form part of a number of university courses.

Humza Yousaf, the health secretary, said the students were “making an invaluable contribution to the delivery of care as part of their supervised practice”.


“As we go into the third year facing up to the challenges of Covid, we are fortunate to combine good quality learning attained by students as part of their supervised practice with the positive impact these students have on the delivery of safe, effective patient care and their ongoing support of our NHS.

Natalie Elliot, a nursing student at Glasgow Caledonian University, was among the first to be sent on placement during the pandemic in April 2020.

“I learned so much. The experience has helped boost my confidence and improved my performance,” she said.


Senior nurses on shift in Edinburgh also praised the students.


 “They bring with them an enthusiasm that can lift the mood of a shift.”

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