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Competences/ NOS in development

As the Sector Skills Council responsible for the health sector, one of our main functions is to develop, manage and update competences/NOS as the needs of the sector change, as work patterns shift, and as new operational practices, legislation and technologies are introduced. This ensures competences/NOS remain useful and effective.

Review of Health National Occupational Standards Concludes

During 2020-21 Skills for Health reviewed 97 NOS used widely across the UK to inform workforce development activity and, in particular, to inform apprenticeships and qualifications for Healthcare Support Workers.

The NOS included a selection from the following suites:

  • Clinical Health Skills
  • Children and Young People’s Health Services
  • Diabetes
  • Endoscopy
  • Emergency, Urgent and Scheduled Care
  • General Healthcare
  • Health Informatics
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Perioperative Care Support

A consultation with stakeholders from all 4 home nations took place during September and October 2020 and the revised NOS were approved by the UK NOS Panel in March 2021. The Skills for Health Tools have been updated to ensure users have access to the most up to date NOS.

If you have any questions, please contact

2021-2022 NOS Projects

We are pleased to announce that Skills for Health will be undertaking the following three NOS projects during 2021-2022:

  • A review of Infection Prevention and Control NOS
  • A review of Oral Health NOS (for dental nursing and dental technology)
  • The development of new Pharmacy Services NOS for Primary Care

Online consultations will open later in the year to provide opportunity for all stakeholders across the UK to contribute feedback on the draft NOS. For further information, or to register your interest in receiving notification of the consultation activity, please contact