WHO consultation on the transformative scale-up of medical, nursing and midwifery education
Second technical reference group meeting: nursing and midwifery education experts 15-16 July 2010
The first meeting of the technical reference group on nursing and midwifery education informed participants about the goals and objectives of the PEPFAR Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI). The meeting represented a vital step in the process for the development of WHO policy guidelines on transformative scale up of nursing and midwifery education.
WHO is engaging with stakeholders and experts to inform the policy guideline development. A number of consultations have also been held to identify the key issues and to build consensus around the need for educational and policy reform. A systematic review of existing evidence, documentation of relevant country experiences and original research to address the remaining knowledge gaps have also begun.
The process of guideline development, including the data generated, must be subjected to review and analysis by appropriate peers and stakeholders. To these ends, the WHO-based Secretariat has established a body of experts who can engage with and inform the work on a regular basis. The experts have been invited to form five Reference Groups: (1) medical education; (2) nursing and midwifery education; (3) regulatory bodies and professional associations; (4) policy makers; (5) community.