NHS Education for Scotland

NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework

NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework

The Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) is a UK wide framework made up of 30 dimensions. Dimensions are broad competence statements which set out the main areas of knowledge and skills and how these should be applied to meet the demands of your work in the NHS. Six of the dimensions apply to all AfC posts in the NHS. These are the Core Dimensions.

Agenda for Change (AfC) is a pay system (used within the NHS) that incorporates three facets: job evaluation, the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), and terms and conditions. It describes how staff will work and how much they will be paid. It should be noted that the nine Career Framework levels do not read across to Agenda for Change (AfC) pay bands. 
When linked with the NHS KSF, this can help individuals to visualise, articulate and plan their own career pathway, and supports planners and managers to analyse and shape skill-mix and service delivery models.  This toolkit is designed to support clarity around one specific level of the framework (Level 7) and the nurse working at an Advanced level of practice. http://www.nhsemployers.org/agendaforchange