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Allied Health Professions

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

NHS Education for Scotland is delighted to launch IPAACKS: Informing and Profiling Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Knowledge and Skills

Supporting the learning and development of people working with individuals who use AAC

The document can be accessed here:


 What is IPAACKS?

IPAACKS describes the core values and commitments required of those who work with people who use, or who may benefit from, AAC.

IPAACKS also highlights the AAC-specific knowledge and skills that workers should aspire to achieve in relation to the role they play in supporting individuals who use AAC.

IPAACKS provides a framework for workers in health, education, social care, and the voluntary and independent sectors to identify their learning and development needs in relation to AAC.

Why has IPAACKS been developed?

IPAACKS has been developed in response to A Right to Speak to improve the experiences, opportunities and life chances for children, young people and adults who use AAC by supporting the workforce to develop their knowledge, skills, values and commitments in AAC.

How can you use IPAACKS?

As an individual worker you can use IPAACKS to highlight your current knowledge and skills around AAC and to identify any learning needs. You can use IPAACKS to inform and support your professional development reviews.

As a manager you can use IPAACKS to identify staff development needs, to inform workforce planning and to assist with recruitment and selection processes.

As an education and training provider you can use IPAACKS to inform the content of courses at different levels.

As someone using AAC you can use IPAACKS to have some sort of benchmarking in relation to the standards of services and care received.

A work-in-progress AAC Learning Opportunities document is available here. This provides information on learning and development opportunities which are available to support development needs for core values and commitments and knowledge and skills for AAC.