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Competency Framework

The Scottish Government set the NHS in Scotland the target of delivering 149,449 brief interventions on alcohol as part of a 3-year HEAT target, 2008-11. NHS Health Scotland was tasked by the Government with providing guidance and support to the NHS to assist in meeting this target, and it was felt that a competency framework would be an asset in the educational element of this NHS challenge.

Stage 1 (February - March 2009

The whole process was overseen by the Alcohol Education Advisory Group and started in February 2009 when a first draft was drawn up based on the Skills for Health competencies already available. The interim competency document was drafted, agreed by the advisory group and sent to each territorial health board in March 09. Work then commenced, by MER Consulting, on the initial framework itself.

Stage 2 (April - August 2009)

NES took over its development in April 2009 when the project leads came into post and initiated a national consultation. Respondents included the drugs and alcohol workforce development group, dental, A&E and antenatal subgroups, practice nurses, RCGP, Keep Well, Community Pharmacists, BMA, SGPC, nursing/medical directors, CHP chief nurses/executives.

Stage 3 (September 2009 - January 2010)

Amendments to the framework were undertaken as well as mapping to the KSF. Final sign-off by Delivery Support Team took place on 25th September 2009. By the end of 2009 the document was being prepared by the Design Dept at NES and in the new year proof reading commenced.

Stage 4 (Spring 2010)

Publication of the Alcohol Brief Interventions Competency Framework.