New competency framework for Parkinson's nurses

15 Aug 2017

The third edition of the competency framework for Parkinson's nurses is now available following work led by the Parkinson's Disease Nurse Specialist Association (PDNSA) in collaboration with the Royal College of Nursing and the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network.This revised competency framework describes the competencies (in terms of knowledge, education and skills) required by specialist nurses to provide safe and effective care for people with Parkinson's.It links to key issues in the Agenda for Change and is in line with the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF). Therefore it could be used to support nurses through the Nursing and Midwifery Council's revalidation process.

The competency framework

The framework consists of 3 categories of clinical practice (linked to different levels of the NHS Career Framework):

  • Competent nurse (linked to level 5)
  • Experienced specialist nurse (linked to level 6)
  • Expert specialist nurse (linked to levels 7 and 8)

Each level of practice has a range of areas of competency that reflect both the core aspects of professional nursing practice and the aspects specific to Parkinson's, with a particular focus on the patient experience. The areas break down each specific competency into an overarching statement and the behavioural indicators required to demonstrate good practice.

Providing a quality service

Jane Price, Parkinson's nurse at Powys Teaching Health Board and PDNSA Chair, comments:

"The revised framework provides a comprehensive guide to the skills and knowledge required for the Parkinson's nurse to provide a quality service."Features like the colour coded format makes it easier for the reader to determine the standards expected at each level of practice and to be able to fulfil them."

The UK Parkinson's Excellence Network is currently working to develop an associated learning pathway which links all learning to the competencies as well as the KSF.This will make it easier for Parkinson’s nurses to identify and access appropriate continuing professional development.This article was originally published by Parkinson's UK on 8 August 2017

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