As you will know, we have now published the Competence Framework to support the DH respiratory programme, on the Skills for Health website. You kindly agreed that you would signpost this really useful resource from your organisation’s website. I attach some wording and a link below and would be grateful if you could signpost this on your website and at any other opportunity where you see this as relevant.
Skills for Health, in collaboration with the Respiratory Programme at the Department of Health, has led on the development of a respiratory disease competence framework that describes the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are required to deliver patient centred respiratory care. Competence frameworks are focused on outcomes and are an indispensable tool for those managing and developing a highly skilled workforce. They inform the development of education and training programmes as well as assessment strategies, all of which are going to be vital in implementing the Respiratory Disease Outcomes Framework.
The purpose of this work is to provide an underpinning framework of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Units of Learning for the respiratory care workforce, so that people can plan and develop their services more effectively. The NOS and units of learning were identified following much consultation with the members of the development group, and with input from healthcare professionals as well as professional bodies and other national groups.
All of this work and associated resources can be found at the Skills for Health website here http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/service-area/copd/
Many thanks indeed for your continued support with this work.
Respiratory and Liver Teams
Department of Health