RepsDirect No 630 - 13 April 2007

Head of Health, Kevin Coyne General Secretary, Derek Simpson


Implementation of the Knowledge and Skills Framework and Widening Participation in Learning in the NHS

Briefing Note 7, from the Widening Participation in Learning Strategy Unit is now available, describing their project which sets out to examine the contribution of the KSF (Knowledge and Skills Framework).

The note highlights some of the detail from Phase One, which involved some of our own Amicus Learning Representatives and members. (Phase Two has just commenced).

‘The objective of this three-phase project commissioned by the Widening Participation in Learning Strategy Unit and undertaken by NIACE, (The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education – England and Wales), is to examine the local operation of the KSF.

The researchers set out to understand how it can most effectively support skills escalation and progression through learning, whilst also meeting priority workforce development objectives.’

The Phase One report by NIACE is available on the Unit’s website:, as is the description of Phase Two.

The first report from Professor Bob Fryer CBE, National Director for Widening Participation, ‘Learning for a Change in Healthcare’, is also now available, containing many important recommendations. Read the report and share your thoughts on their website, at the same address:

All the publications, including previous Briefing Notes 1 – 6 are available on

Please see the attached document for further details.

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