What is the NHS KSF?
The NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) is part of Agenda for Change. It describes the knowledge and skills which NHS staff need to apply in their work, it is essential for career and pay progression and it applies to all staff groups who fall under Agenda for Change. It is designed to:
- Develop services for NHS users
- Improve recruitment and retention
- Promote equality and diversity for all staff
- Develop staff by facilitating individual development
- Support the learning and development of individuals and teams
It is based on good human resource management and seeks to treat all individuals fairly. In turn, individual members of staff are expected to make a commitment to develop and apply their knowledge and skills to meet the demands of their post and to work flexibly in the interests of better service provision.
The full KSF Handbook and amendments can be found on the Department of Health website
An electronic version can be viewed by clicking here
An abridged version specific to midwifery can be viewed by clicking here
Many midwives are aware that full application of the KSF and development of profiles could be a long process not in keeping with the demands of a 24/7 service. The KSF was therefore reviewed by the NHS Staff Council and a new abridged, simplified version has therefore been developed which is available from the Agenda for Change section on the NHS employers website (www.nhsemployers.org)