National Occupational Standards
National Occupational Standards (NOS) describe best practice by bringing together skills, knowledge and values.
They are valuable tools as benchmarks for qualifications as well as for defining roles at work, staff recruitment, supervision and appraisal.
To find out more about using NOS to help manage the provision of care, please download the Manager's guide to developing strategic uses of National Occupational Standards.
Health and social care standards
The Health and Social Care (HSC) NOS are important standards for social care workers and health care workers in all parts of the UK.
There over 200 separate NOS that can be put together to cover all sorts of job roles at different levels of responsibility.
You can search and view the standards on the National Occupational Standards database.
The NOS relate closely to units within QCF qualifications in England, Wales and N Ireland. They are jointly owned by Skills for Care and Development and Skills for Health.
A small number of new NOS have been introduced because of new developments in the sector.
Practical approaches to workforce planning
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