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The Trusted Assessor Training Framework Project

6 September 2004 - 9:10am

Training framework for support workers leading to nationally recognised competency standards

A number of organisations are collaborating on a project to develop a Training Framework that will offer Support Workers in Health and social care the opportunity to attain nationally recognised competency standards relating to the provision of daily living equipment. The organisations involved are: The College of Occupational Therapists, The Disabled Living Centres Council (DLCC), The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, The Royal National Institute for Blind People, The Disabled Living Foundation and The Royal National Institute for Deaf People.

The project is led by DLCC and aims to develop a national Training Framework for qualifications in community equipment services that is:

  • Competency based
  • Linked to National Occupational Standards
  • Developed with users, carers, employers and practitioners

A representative group, known as the "Trusted Assessor Collaborative" will be set up to guide the work and provide a focus and reference base for the scheme.  Further work will then be undertaken to identify the role of trusted assessors by consulting with employers, users and others to clarify the:

a) job that is to be done
b) requirements of the role to be performed
c) competencies required to fulfil the role.

Close liaison with Skills for Health and TOPSS will ensure that there is no unnecessary duplication of effort and that, if there are any gaps in the National Occupational Standards (relating to equipment provision), the project will feed in the relevant information so that new Standards can be developed.

The project has been funded by The Department of Health for one year. The Framework is due to be published in April 2005. For further information contact: Maggie Winchcombe Project Manager, email


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