Teaching and Research

NHS Tayside provides training placements for student nurses, doctors, midwives and other healthcare professionals. If you do not wish them to be involved in your care, please advise the healthcare professional in charge of your care or appointment.


As well as meeting the health needs of more than 400,000 people resident in the region, NHS Tayside provides the clinical teaching for Dundee University’s Medical School undergraduate curriculum.  This is a five - year course with approximately 160 students in each year.  In addition NHS Tayside trains newly qualified doctors.

NHS Tayside is committed to:

  • Providing high quality education and training in a clinical setting.
  • Providing extensive and wide – ranging learning opportunities across NHS Tayside and in Primary Care.
  • The continued professional development of our clinical educators.
  • Encouraging team working and teaching in a multi – professional environment.
  • Participation in Quality Assurance Monitoring.

Nursing and Midwives

In collaboration with our Higher Education partners, NHS Tayside provides over 4550 clinical practice placement opportunities per year for student nurses & midwives undertaking undergraduate programmes. Practice placements are available across a full range of services in both community and hospital settings, providing innovative & contemporary learning experiences that capitalise on learning opportunities. 

We are committed to supporting students’ ongoing educational development to ensure that students have the best learning experience possible. Practice placements & mentors are supported by the Practice Education Team to enhance the quality of the learning environment, maximise learning opportunities, & ensure compliance with Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) & NHS Education Scotland (NES) education quality standards.

Allied Health Professionals

Approximately 1000 Allied Health Professionals and support workers provide a range of clinical services to a Tayside population of approximately 400,000 across diverse geography in partnership with other professions and agencies in three Local Authorities.

Throughout Tayside the Allied Health Professions (AHP) are established in a range of service areas including primary, secondary, acute and intermediate care, child health, learning disabilities, education, care of the elderly and mental health. AHP intervention may include health promotion, health improvement, therapeutic intervention, investigation and diagnosis, education and training and consultancy. They work as key members of multi-disciplinary, multi-agency teams, bringing their rehabilitation focus and specialist expertise in supporting healthcare.

Within NHS Tayside, approximately 370 practice placements are provided annually by the Allied Health Professions (AHP)- Art Therapy, Diagnostic Radiography, Nutrition; Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Orthoptics, Orthotics, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Prosthetics, Speech and Language Therapy and;Therapeutic Radiography.

These are provided to AHP students attending each of the 4 Scottish Universities providing undergraduate AHP programmes (Queen Margaret University, Robert Gordon's University, Glasgow Caledonian University and University of Strathclyde).  These programmes are 4 year degree level courses. Practice Placements are also provided for post-graduate students and some univerisities outwith Scotland, as well as clinical shadowing opportunities for over 800 Medical students each year from Dundee University's Medical School.

The Allied Health Professions in NHS Tayside is committed to:
  • Developing and maintaining a positive learning culture across the workforce and AHP students
  • Providing high quality practice placements
  • Maintaining Quality Standards for Practice Placements in all clinical areas, in liaison with universities
  • Identifying and Supporting the learning and development needs of practice placement educators
  • Providing an annual programme of learning opportunities for practice placement educators in partnership with the universities
  • Providing uniprofessional, multiprofessional and interprofessional learning opportunites
  • Developing practice placements for AHPs that are reflective of the shift towards community based models of healthcare
The AHP Directorate is committed to raising the research capacity and capability of Allied Health Professionals within NHS Tayside. To this end, we regularly run research training apprenticeships that have resulted in a number of high quality, externally funded research projects that are led by Allied Health Professionals. We have supported AHP staff to apply to and undertake study at postgraduate and PhD level, and we are working towards development of clinical academic career pathways. We also provide training to support AHP staff to implement research evidence into practice, through schemes that support practice development. Our close links with the University of Dundee and the Tayside Centre for Organisational Effectiveness support these initiatives.