NHSScotland Staff to benefit from RPL ‘Getting it Right’

NHSScotland staff will benefit from an innovative project led by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in collaboration with the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership (SCQFP). ‘Getting it Right’ aims to develop and roll out Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) processes to help NHS staff to make the most of the informal learning which occurs in the workplace.

NES has produced two new publications to assist with the RPL profiling and evidence gathering process: one to support staff acting as RPL facilitators, and one for learners. The SCQF Partnership has also developed an online RPL Guide which provides support both to learners and providers

A wide range of people can use RPL either to help them re-enter learning, to contribute towards a programme of learning or simply to identify their skills to progress in their career. RPL can also help employers better understand the range and levels of knowledge and skills in the workforce, and inform more effective targeting of resources to support workforce development.

The goal is for NHSScotland staff to be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills gained through experience and to have them recognised when applying for promotion opportunities and career development. The project will also help NHS staff to identify their skills and compile portfolios to provide evidence and experience when applying for further or higher education courses at college or university.

As part of the ‘Getting it Right’ project, representatives from NES and the SCQFP created and delivered bespoke RPL workshops to NHS staff interested in becoming RPL facilitators for their NHS Board. The first workshop focused on staff’s understanding of RPL and its potential use in NHSScotland. Each participant completed a learning needs analysis which helped to identify how to build on their knowledge. The second workshop focused on the process to support other people to use RPL. Prospective facilitators worked with case study scenarios to gain practice in taking clients through the RPL profiling process using existing SCQF tools.

NHSScotland staff interested in finding out more about the project should contact Gail Dennett or asktheteam@nes.scot.nhs.uk

NES is the national education and training board in NHS Scotland, with responsibility for developing and delivering education and training for the healthcare workforce in Scotland. NES has been working with the SCQFP on various projects over the last eight years.


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