Analytical and judgemental skills

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This factor measures the analytical and judgemental skills required to fulfil the job responsibilities satisfactorily. It takes account of requirements for analytical skills to diagnose a problem or illness and understand complex situations or information; and judgemental skills to formulate solutions and recommend/decide on the best course of action/treatment.

Skills required for:

Level 1:   Judgements involving straightforward job-related facts or situations.
Level 2: Judgements involving facts or situations, some of which require analysis.
Level 3: Judgements involving a range of facts or situations, which require analysis or comparison of a range of options.
Level 4: Judgements involving complex facts or situations, which require the analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options.
Level 5: Judgements involving highly complex facts or situations, which require the analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options.
Definitions and notes

Facts or situations, some of which require analysis (level 2) includes both clinical and non-clinical facts/situations where there is more than a straightforward choice of options and there is a requirement in some cases to assess events, problems or patient conditions in detail to determine the best course of action e.g. selection of staff, resolving staffing issues, problem solving, fault finding on non-complex equipment.

Range of facts or situations which require analysis or comparison (level 3) includes both clinical and non-clinical facts/situations where there is more than a straightforward choice of options and there is a requirement in a range of different cases to assess events, problems or illnesses in detail to determine the appropriate course of action. Examples of this type of analysis and judgement are fault finding on complex equipment, initial patient assessment, analysis of complex financial queries or discrepancies.

Complex (level 4) means complicated and made up of several components which have to be analysed and assessed and which may contain conflicting information or indicators e.g. assessment of specialist clinical conditions, analysis of complex financial trends, investigating and assessing serious disciplinary cases.

Interpretation (levels 4 and 5) indicates a requirement to exercise judgment in identifying and assessing complicated events, problems or illnesses and where a range of options, and the implications of each of these, have to be considered.

Highly complex (level 5) means complicated and made up of several components which may be conflicting and where expert opinion differs or some information is unavailable. This type of analysis and judgment may be required in posts where the jobholders are themselves experts in their field and judgments have to be made about situations which may have unique characteristics and where there are a number of complicated aspects to take into account which do not have obvious solutions.

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