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National Framework for Support Worker Education and Development

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

New framework jointly developed by the CSP and the COT

This new framework has been jointly developed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the College of Occupational Therapists.  It has been produced by a small representative steering group, served by CSP and COT officers, and involved a wide consultation process. Purpose The primary purpose of the framework is to guide support workers in choosing learning pathways to further their development. Its publication is timely in the light of the NHS Modernisation Agenda and the increasing status, responsibility and accountability expected of healthcare staff. It is linked to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) and addresses expectations with regard to career development. Who is it for? It is relevant for workers in the voluntary, public or private sectors, enabling support workers to keep abreast of current good practice and assisting them to demonstrate their development. The framework aims to meet the needs of employers and can be used to guide and facilitate change that is required by external stakeholders. What does it contain? The framework has eight key outcomes, and maps the range of learning opportunities available to support workers when considering CPD. It acknowledges that CPD is an integral part of all learning pathways which are underpinned by work experience, reflective practice and portfolio keeping - learning in action. It contains information and guidance to assist with the planning of future learning for role and career development, including new job responsibilities and routes to qualifying as an allied health professional. The framework is supported by a number of briefing documents and worksheets. The briefings cover topics including: the political context, the impact of Agenda for Change and factors regarding knowledge and skills and career development in the social care sector. The framework highlights diversity and equal opportunity issues for support workers as members of a team.

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