08th January 2019

Image: new National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Sports Massage Therapy. Skills for Health is pleased to announce that the new National Occupational Standard (NOS) for Sports Massage Therapy has been approved. Working with The Sports Massage Association (SMA), initiators of the project and professional association for sports massage therapists, and in consultation with the sector, a NOS has been cooperatively developed  which describes a unique set of interventions carried out by sports massage therapists. This NOS will sit in the Complementary and Natural Healthcare suite of NOS on the Skills for Health Competence database which can be found here https://tools.skillsforhealth.org.uk/competence_search/

The NOS should be used in conjunction with CNH1 and CNH2. These NOS, along with the new NOS for Sports Massage Therapy (CNH27) will be used to develop the curriculum for sports massage therapists and is intended to be used by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) to approve a new category for Sports Massage Therapists on the CNHC voluntary register.

NOS describe the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to undertake a particular task or job to a nationally recognised level of competence. They focus on what the person needs to be able to do, as well as what they must know and understand to work effectively. NOS are building blocks and cover the key activities undertaken within the occupation in question under all the circumstances the job holder is likely to encounter. NOS can be used for a range of workforce activities, such as:

  • act as a framework for recruitment, selection and induction
  • supply a tool for personal, career and team development
  • present a framework for training and education design, assessment and accreditation.

Each individual NOS contains an agreed set of knowledge and understanding and performance criteria that must be met before someone can be deemed competent. They describe the minimum standard to which an individual is expected to work in a given occupation. NOS are not qualification units nor are they levelled. NOS can be used as a basis to develop qualifications at which point, the units or modules developed for qualifications can then have a level attributed them depending on the depth and breadth of knowledge required.

Skills for Health would like to thank those individuals and organisations that contributed to the online consultation. Skills for Health would like to extend particular thanks to The Sports Massage Association in the development of this NOS.