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The competent set ……

To be able to deliver the Knowledge for Healthcare Framework, we need an effective knowledge service workforce. As part of the framework document, the following promise was made “we will establish … a competency framework that defines core and specialist competencies …” Cue a Competencies TAF

We first met at CILIP HQ at the end of August to look at CILIP’s existing document called the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB); a familiar document to anyone following Chartership. As CILIP had already put a great deal of thought and effort into producing the PKSB, we were delighted to be able to use this as our starting point.  The original, CILIP version is applicable to professionals working in any sector, so we concentrated our efforts in customising it to specifically reflect the work of healthcare information professionals. We have since spent 15 hours of teleconferencing working out way through the document line by line and adapting it to suit the Knowledge for Healthcare Framework. I won’t mention the hours of preparation we undertook before each meeting.

So how are we defining competencies? There are many definitions out there. This link will give you a good overview of the topic.  At the moment we are working on the following definition but it is still being hotly debated as we learn more about this area.

Competency is defined as the expected level of performance that integrates knowledge (cognitive), skills (functional) and attitudes (behavioural)

From this definition we have the knowledge and skills already aligned to healthcare and are now beginning to think about the attitudes that will need to be assimilated into the this framework. Our next set of teleconferences are booked and our Healthcare PKSB is out for consultation with the reference group and you, dear reader, if you would like to help us. We are looking forward to delivering the competency framework in the Spring of 2016.

This stage has been about professional staff, so the next TAF will be looking at an equivalent for paraprofessionals. There will be a call for new members in the Spring so do think about it.

If you have any questions or good ideas, please do email me at mary.hill@christie.nhs.uk

Members of the Group

  • Lesley Allen – Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Lorna Burns – Public Health England
  • Alison Day – Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Valerie Haigh – Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mary Hill (Chair) – The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  • Madeleine Still – North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust