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The NES (NHS Education for Scotland) ePortfolio has grown rapidly since its inception
in August 2005 and now comprises over 20 versions for over 35,000 healthcare trainees
within Scotland (Nursing, Midwifery, Dentistry and Pharmacy), across the United
Kingdom (Medicine), and The Republic of Ireland (Medicine).
A walk-though of the main features of the NHS ePortfolio can be found at www.nhsep.info. Demonstration access is available for all versions on request.
Security of an electronic portfolio has to not only match, but be significantly
more secure than, paper records. Strict protocols restrict access to data, and security
is a key priority for the NES e-Portfolio team.
Hardware and software security conforms to industry standards and NES annually commissions
an external security review of the ePortfolio to make absolutely certain that the
system stands up to persistent and/or malicious attempts to breach security. This
is an extremely rigorous review that involves the system being ‘attacked’ systematically
over a given period by security experts. The system also undertakes reviews to ensure
compliance with Caldicott Principles.
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) collects and processes trainees’ ePortfolio information
in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Information entered into your ePortfolio
by you, or about you by training administrators or supervisors, will not be shared
with any external third parties. All identifiable information is held securely and
Within Scotland, NES (including Scotland’s Postgraduate Deaneries) will use ePortfolio
data to support you throughout your training. This involves maintaining accurate
records; the pursuit of NES’ duty to evaluate the effectiveness of training; ensuring
that services continue to meet users’ educational needs, and to allow further development
to improve education and training for future trainees where required.
The ePortfolio team is based at the South East (Edinburgh) regional offices of NHS
Education for Scotland and comprises both NES and contract staff. As there a number
of governance structures in place, please contact the team for specific information
or visit http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/about-us.aspx
In all cases, support for the ePortfolio should be directed to the appropriate local
contact eg Deanery, Royal College, NES professional lead, university etc.
If there is a technical issue please use the ePortfolio Support link. If you are
unable to log in and your local administrator is unable to help you then you can
contact support directly by email to firstname.lastname@example.org