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With a highly mobile workforce, employers often need to assess the quality of new recruits’ previous training. Where information is lacking, people can repeat training unnecessarily, wasting time and money.
The Core Skills Training Framework addresses this issue. It allows employers to recognise training to a standard, trust that information and reduce duplication of training.
The original Core Skills Framework for statutory/mandatory subjects has now been extended to include selected clinical/care subjects.
For each subject, detailed learning outcomes, standards and guidance are available in a number of Framework documents (e.g. Subject Guides and Mapping Tools).To register and access the Statutory/Mandatory and Clinical/Care documents clickhere.
CSTF alignment and commercial training suppliers
The CSTF is available for any organisation or individual to access. Commercial training suppliers may choose to complete a self-assessment of alignment to the CSTF by completing the CSTF mapping tool. When such organisations have identified that their training aligns with the CSTF then they may describe their training provision as ‘aligned to the CSTF’ - as required by various staff agency procurement frameworks. However, such organisations are not required to submit their declaration of alignment to Skills for Health and are not permitted to state or imply any assurance or endorsement from Skills for Health.
During 2016, Skills for Health is also developing a new CSTF Directory of Commercial Training Suppliers. This represents an additional and optional level of quality assurance beyond the standard CSTF alignment by self-assessment and is for commercial organisations which have had their course content verified by Skills for Health as aligning to the CSTF.See the CSTF Directory of Commercial Training Suppliers here
For further information about the process and costs for verification of CSTF alignment, please contact the Skills Framework Manager (see contact details below).
CSTF alignment and healthcare providers
Healthcare providers which have mapped their in-house training to the Framework are eligible to submit a Declaration of Alignment, confirming which of their training programmes are aligned to the Framework subjects. Aligned healthcare provider organisations may also be listed on a Directory; by sharing this information, employer organisations can recognise where training delivered in other organisations is in compliance with the Framework and thereby help to prevent unnecessary duplication of training as staff move between roles and organisations.See the CSTF Directory of Aligned Healthcare Providers here
NB. The Directory of Aligned Healthcare Providers is open to healthcare provider organisations in ‘not for profit’ sectors, for example NHS Trusts delivering in-house staff training and public sector education institutions which have incorporated the requirements of the Framework within curricula. This Directory is not intended as a list of ‘approved’ training providers and it does not include commercial suppliers.