National Occupational Standards (NOS)
National Occupational Standards (NOS) describe best practice by bringing together skills, knowledge and values. National Occupational Standards are valuable tools to be used as benchmarks for qualifications as well as for defining roles at work, staff recruitment, supervision and appraisal.
The Health and Social Care National Occupational Standards (NOS) are jointly owned by all the alliance partners within Skills for Care and Development and Skills for Health. Any reviews of NOS are undertaken jointly by all UK alliance partners.
To find out more about using National Occupational Standards to help manage the provision of care, please download the following guide.
Links to all the National Occupational Standard's in this section:
Social work NOS
The new Social Work degree will be introduced in every University in England for the academic year 2013/14. The assessment of the new degree will be against the relevant levels described in the Professional Capability Framework (PCF) for social work in England. The PCF replaces the National Occupational Standards for Social Work (NOS) for all students admitted to qualifying programmes after September 2013. For those students who began the social work degree before September 2013 each university will have made a decision about which framework you will be assessed against the PCF or the NOS. The NOS introduced in 2002 has been revised and the revised version has been adopted by Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland rather than the PCF. Social work NOS for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland
Health and social care
During 2012 the Health and Social Care NOS have been updated to make sure they include the right things for the sector and are easy to use. This updating work has been carried out by Skills for Care and Development and Skills for Health, by asking people in the health and social care sectors how they wanted the existing HSC NOS to be improved.
During 2012/13, following extensive consultation with the sector, Skills for Care and Development has reviewed the National Occupational Standards for Leadership and Management for care services, and developed a new suite of National Occupational Standards for Inspectors of Health, Social Care and Children and Young People's Services. These two suites have now been approved by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and are now available on the Skills for Care and Development website.
Thanks to all those who took part in the consultation for their contribution to these high quality standards, which will be used as sector benchmarks and enable the development of qualifications and learning.
Mental Health NOS launched
Skills for Health has launched the revised National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Mental Health. Skills for Care actively contributed to the consultation process to ensure the needs of adult social care were represented.
The use of the standards is being explored for the development of the Peer Recovery Worker role in England as they emphasise co-production and values-based practice as the basis of a recovery oriented approach.
Although the standards are not mandatory it is envisaged that they will be adopted and developed as a powerful resource for those delivering a skilled and high-quality adult mental health care and support services.