28th July 2016

Image: Learning Disabilities Core Skills Education and Training Framework.

Skills for Health, Health Education England and Skills for Care today launch a comprehensive new resource to support health and social care staff and educators in England who work with people living with a learning disability.

Benefits of the new framework

The Learning Disabilities Core Skills Education and Training Framework sets out the essential skills and knowledge necessary for all staff involved in learning disability care and will enable organisations to:

  • Identify key skills and knowledge for roles and team
  • Plan and design content for education and training
  • Commission education and training
  • Conduct training needs analysis
  • Support performance management processes and the assessment of competence 

 “We believe that use of the framework will result in an increased quality of care for people and their families.” - John Rogers

John Rogers, Chief Executive of Skills for Health comments: "The key to the wellbeing of people living with a learning disability is the quality of care and commitment provided by those who work with them. The framework outlines the learning and education training for the learning disabilities workforce at an assured standard.  

Employers and/or commissioners of education are encouraged to use the framework as guidance for the development and delivery of appropriate and consistent education and training.  We believe that use of the framework will result in an increased quality of care for people and their families.”

Who is the framework for?

The framework is aimed at employers, their employees, educational commissioners and organisations that train students who will be employed in the range of health and care settings.

Commissioned and funded by the Department of Health the development of the framework was led by Skills for Health, Health Education England and Skills for Care in collaboration with a number of key stakeholders and experts in learning disability care.

Please download the framework by clicking here

This framework builds on the existing Statutory/Mandatory and Clinical/Care core skills frameworks currently available from Skills for Health.

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Further information about these frameworks, and tools to support organisations in aligning their training to the frameworks, can be found here.