The NHS Constitution commits NHS organisations to providing staff with 'clear roles and responsibilities', and  'personal development' and 'line management support to succeed'. 

Supporting staff

Ensuring that staff are clear about what they are doing and why, and have the skills to do their jobs, are crucial if trusts are to achieve the required efficiency savings whilst delivering high quality patient care. 

An organisation-wide appraisal process, that focuses on performance and personal development, helps deliver this.  

Simplified KSF - supporting appraisals

The Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) is a useful  tool  to identify the knowledge, skills and development that staff need to do their job. 

Employers and staff have called for a simplified KSF that is easier to use.   In response, the NHS Staff Council has developed a simplified KSF that gives employers more flexibility and can be tailored to meet local needs.

These web pages give you more details on: 
  • the simplified KSF and how it can support staff development in appraisals 
  • useful tools, tips and templates that trusts can tailor, that make better links between appraisals and KSF  
  • how some trusts have used a simpler KSF to engage staff in appraisals, helping to deliver the organisation's goals and driving up appraisal rates.

Employers may use the NHS KSF or other skills/competancy frameworks, which are in line with the KSF principles (NHS terms and conditons of service handbook - Section 6 (a)(England):6.1).

More information

To find out more, use the links to Appraisal, Personal development and Performance below.  

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