Skills for Health, Health Education and Skills Care have launched a new resource to support health and social care staff and educators in England who work with people living with a learning disability.

The new Learning Disabilities Core Skills Education and Training Framework sets out the essential skills and knowledge needed for staff involved in learning disability care to help organisations to:

  • Identify key skills and knowledge for roles and team
  • Plan and design content for education and training
  • Commission education and training
  • Conduct training needs analysis
  • Support performance management processes and the assessment of competence

John Rogers, Chief Executive of Skills for Health commented:“Employers and/or commissioners of education are encouraged to use the framework as guidance for the development and delivery of appropriate and consistent education and training.  We believe that use of the framework will result in an increased quality of care for people and their families.”

The framework is aimed at employers, their employees, educational commissioners and organisations that train students who will be employed in the range of health and care settings.

The framework builds on the existing Statutory/Mandatory and Clinical/Care core skills currently available from Skills for Health. It has been commissioned and funded by the Department of Health and led by Skills for Health, Health Education England and Skills for Care, in collaboration with experts in learning disability care.

You can download the framework here or read the full Skills for Health article here.