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Scottish project bridges gap for support workers

21 June 2011 - 3:28pm

An innovative project aimed at the development of physiotherapy support workers is under way in Scotland.

Funded by NHS Education Scotland, the Work-Based Learning Resource for Support Workers project aims to create a national database of resources. Organisers intend it to be adaptable to local need but underpinned by a consistent standard of learning outcomes.


‘The CSP is really pleased to be involved in such an innovative development,’ said CSP associate member officer Cathy Smith. ‘In the current financial climate, formal educational opportunities have not been readily available but there is no doubt of the increasing importance of support worker roles.’

Many teams and health boards across Scotland have developed their own work-based learning programmes. But the standards for learning experiences are not consistent and there has been no transferability between boards.


Use of the planned tools by support workers is intended to increase physios’ confidence in their learning, leading to more appropriate use of their skills and knowledge.

The project will identify and collate all the learning materials that have been developed to date, to produce a standard template. This will be made readily available, to ensure that all physiotherapy support workers have access to the same quality-assured learning materials.

National resource

This is intended to create a national resource for support workers’ education and development and to bridge the gap between formal programmes of learning such as the HNC and SVQ qualifications and informal in-house training.

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