In addition to the Career framework for the NHS, three other frameworks apply to roles in health.
- Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) – describes the knowledge and skills NHS staff (except doctors and dentists) need to apply in their work
- National Occupational Standards (NOS) provide benchmarks of performance
- Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHSKF, February 2013) is a tool for individuals working in public health at any stage of their career. It helps identify individuals' skill and knowledge development needs, either in their current post or with a future career in mind. It was produced as a partial refresh of the Public Health Skills and Career Framework (PHSCF, April 2008, updated March 2009).
These documents are very detailed. If you are not familiar with them and how to use them, you may find it useful to talk to your manager, mentor or a colleague with more experience.
It's also important to note the term ‘competence’ is used in a variety of ways. Here we define it as ‘the ability to perform an activity, or activities, to a required standard’. In the UK, the word has been used to refer to occupational standards of performance.