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Flying Start NHS is the national development programme for all newly qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, to be undertaken in the first year of practice. It’s designed to help support the transition from pre-registered student to qualified, confident and capable health professional. The programme supports learning and development for all newly qualified practitioners working in all sectors and settings across Scotland.

If you are a newly qualified nurse, midwife or allied health professional and want to start your Flying Start NHS learning journey, first of all you will need to create a Turas account, then return to this page and enter the programme by clicking on the button below. 


Flying Start NHS® Programme

Introducing Flying Start NHS®



Watch this short animation for an introduction to the programme.

The Definitive Guide to the Programme

This guidance is for:

  • newly qualified practitioners (NQPs), specifically nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (AHPs) who are about to undertake their first year in practice
  • Flying Start Facilitators and line managers who support and guide NQPs through the programme

It will also be helpful to anybody who wants to find out more about Flying Start NHS.

It sets out the benefits of the programme and how:

  • the programme is organised
  • to approach and complete the programme
  • NQPs, Flying Start Facilitators and line managers can work together

We are aware that some of the links to resources in this document are broken. The guide is currently being refreshed and updated. If there is a specific template or document you need and cannot access please contact the Flying Start NHS team at

If you require access to the recording your learning or reflective account documents please use the links below

Recording Your Learning

Recording Your Reflections

Flying Start NHS® Units

Flying Start NHS is organised around a model called the Pillars of Practice.  The model is used by nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to show how different jobs need a different mix of skills and knowledge.

The programme is made up of four units, each relate to one of the Pillars of Practice. The units can be accessed below and should be undertaken in accordance with The Definitive Guide to the Programme

Contact us

Please feel free to contact the Flying Start NHS® Project Team with queries relating to the Flying Start NHS® Programme via


Keep in touch

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Templates to Record Your Learning

As a qualified practitioner it is essential that you record your learning not only for Flying Start NHS but to satisfy your professional regulatory requirements.

Keeping a professional portfolio is the best way to do this.  We do not recommend that you keep a separate portfolio for the programme, instead you should keep a professional portfolio and keep Flying Start NHS evidence as part of that portfolio. You can also use the templates provided, as detailed within The Definitive Guide to the Programme:

Accessible Documentation

Please be advised we have a number of the materials available in an accessible Word version, should these be required please select the following links to download the material.