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Professional frameworks

Help identify your current skills, knowledge and competence through professional frameworks.

Physiotherapy framework

The CSP's Physiotherapy Framework is a resource designed to promote and develop physiotherapy practice. It defines and describes the behaviours (and underpinning values), knowledge, and skills required for contemporary physiotherapy practice:

  • at all levels - from a new support worker to a senior level registered physiotherapist
  • across a variety of occupational roles - clinical, educational, leadership, managerial, research, and support
  • in a variety of settings - in health and social care, in industry and workplaces, in education and development, and in research environments
  • across all four nations of the UK.

Competence-based career framework for AHPs

The Department of Health's AHP competence-based framework is designed to be used as a tool for individuals (to identify a pathway for skills and career progression) and managers (to assess competence and/or gaps in competence in their workforce).

The key elements of the framework are an AHP competence map and a career framework. The latter describes nine different levels (not related to Agenda for Change pay bands) from initial entry jobs to consultant practitioners and senior staff.

Find out more about the AHP framework on our Skills for Health page.

Higher Education Framework

The Higher Education Framework Agreement for the Modernisation of Pay Structures is the national grading and pay framework for all staff working in higher education institutes. The framework has examples of career pathways for academic staff which all have 5 levels.

A national library of academic role profiles at each level has been developed to describe the demands and responsibilities of staff who have a research, teaching or combined teaching and research roles - see more on the Universities and Colleges Employers Association website: www.ucea.ac.uk

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