Competences/ NOS

As the Sector Skills Council responsible for the health sector, one of our main functions is to develop, manage and update competences/NOS as the needs of the sector change, as work patterns shift, and as new operational practices, legislation and technologies are introduced. This ensures competences/NOS remain useful and effective.

Review of Health National Occupational Standards

Skills for Health is currently reviewing circa 90 NOS used widely across the UK to inform workforce development activity and, in particular, to inform apprenticeships and qualifications for Healthcare Support Workers.

The NOS under review include a selection from the following suites:

  • Clinical Health Skills
  • Children and Young People’s Health Services
  • Diabetes
  • Endoscopy
  • Emergency, Urgent and Scheduled Care
  • General Healthcare
  • Health Informatics
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Perioperative Care Support

A consultation with stakeholders from all 4 home nations took place during September and October 2020. The NOS are being refined to reflect the feedback received. Skills for Health would like to thank those who contributed to the consultation.

The project is due to complete in March 2021.

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