19th January 2015

Image: Child and carer.Skills for Health has launched the revised National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Children & Young People’s Health Services.

The Standards were revised by Skills for Health as part of a UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) funded project and were reviewed against their applicability for those working in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and substance use services for children and young people. The NOS remain a generic suite of NOS for individuals working with children and young people and the suite title has been changed from Children’s Services to Children and Young People’s Health Services to more accurately reflect the focus of the NOS.

NOS can be used for a variety of workforce activities to support employers and employees, examples include creating role profiles and job descriptions, developing education and training programmes, services design and delivery and a range of workforce development activities.

Barry Nixon, Chair of the project Steering Group and Director of Cme in the Community and IAPT lead in the North West said: “The development of specialist services that integrate child and adolescent mental health expertise, with the capacity and specialist knowledge to engage and work with children and young people with co-occurrence of substance use disorders, is an important element of services we provide. The successful launch of these standards is testament to the collaborative approach taken during the project and the valuable contribution of all stakeholders involved. I believe that the revised National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Children & Young People’s Health Services will help to set high standards for service development training in CAMHS and substance use services for children and young people, which will ultimately benefit children, young people and families, now and in the future.”

Skills for Health News Release 19 January 2015

Although the Standards are not mandatory it is envisaged that they will be adopted and developed as a powerful resource for those delivering a skilled and high-quality children and young people’s health services.