The objective of this project is to develop a framework and supporting guidance that covers roles, competencies, education (training) and continuing development of assistant or associate practitioners. 

It will also consider the future support, guidance and governance of practitioners from the RCSLT.

The consultation to review the assistant practitioner professional framework (APPF) is now open until 5 January 2022.

Introduction

Thank you for your interest in the RCSLT assistant practitioner professional framework (APPF) project.

The objective of this project is to develop a framework and supporting guidance that covers roles, competencies, education (training) and continuing development of assistant or associate practitioners. 

It will also consider the future support, guidance and governance of practitioners from the RCSLT.

These pages provide information on how to review the framework and give feedback.

Before you start the consultation please read the important information in the following subsections.

Terminology

We are aware that across the UK and within settings and specialist groups, job titles vary significantly. 

Therefore, for the purpose of this project we were required to use one term throughout which is assistant or associate practitioner (AP)

This is provisional for our draft document and may very well change at a later stage of the project. Therefore please do not comment on the job title terminology.

It is outside the scope of this project to reach a consensus on a job title for all assistants or associate practitioners. 

The term ‘service users’ is used for individuals, clients and patients and this is in keeping with the RCSLT house style. 

The term ‘service’ has been used as it covers service providers/teams in NHS, independent, third sector and education organisations.

The APPF project

The vision is for guidance which: 

  • shines the spotlight on the development and content of the new framework
  • surveys and clarifies the current landscape; and 
  • through the use of reflective excerpts, cameos and case studies offers a ‘powerful read’ (in progress and not part of this consultation)

In the final version there will be links to cameos and reflective writing excerpts, which will give voice to APs about their role/barriers faced and hopes for their role in the future. These and other resources will be found in the toolkit and on the RCSLT website (much of this is still in progress).

The reader should engage, actively reflect, and learn while reading this document, its supporting information and the associated toolkit. The intention is for this project to be noticed, and so be more likely to be taken up and practically utilised in service provision.

How to provide feedback

We realise there is a lot of information and guidance in these first drafts, although we also realise that for those who will be using them, there are varying levels of skills and experience in this field.

Therefore, we felt it necessary to provide context for the development of the RCSLT framework, within the landscape of the external work already completed by Health Education England (HEE).

We are very keen to find out how much background information you need (eg, HEE’s work, learning theory) to ensure this RCSLT framework is relevant and usable. So please consider this when commenting.

We only want to present essential information in the final draft.

The consultation is divided into four parts. There are links to each draft section and the relevant platform (Survey Monkey) to feedback for each section.

Please note: you can return to the survey at any time and/or edit previous responses until you click the ‘Done’ button.

Please review the drafts (either Word of PDF) and feedback using the online survey (the drafts are also linked in the survey).

The consultation

Part one: context and landscape

Part two: towards a new framework

Part three: moving forward

Part four: clinical competencies for assistant practitioners

The AHP core competencies are mentioned throughout, but are not included for comment as they are based on those developed by HEE in the Allied Health Professions’ Support Worker Competency, Education, and Career Development Framework (HEE, 2021).

The consultation will close at 5pm, Wednesday 5 January 2022.

Thank you and if you have any questions please direct them to paul.omeara@rcslt.org

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