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Qualifications in Scotland

Skills for Health champions the benefits of workforce learning and development based on Competences / National Occupational Standards (NOS). In Scotland Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and Competence Based Qualifications (CBQs) are used to assess occupational competence.  The SVQs form the basis of the health Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland.

These are the SVQs for healthcare occupations:

SVQs in Healthcare Support (Clinical and Non-Clinical)

SVQs for Healthcare Support (Clinical and Non-Clinical) at levels 2 and 3 have been developed for healthcare support staff working in Scotland NHS Boards and Scottish employees working in the private health care sector. Please click here for further information and copies of the qualifications.

SVQ in Health and Social Care

The SVQ in Health and Social Care is jointly owned by Skills for Health and Skills for Care and Development. It was offered at levels 2, 3 and 4 and is aimed at staff employed in assistant roles which span health and social care. Learners may still be completing an SVQ in Health and Social Care although they have now been replaced by the SVQs in Social Services and Healthcare.

SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare

The SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare is jointly owned by Skills for Health and Skills for Care and Development. The SVQ is offered for healthcare workers at levels 2and 3. It is aimed at staff employed in assistant roles which span health and social care.

The SVQs in Social Services and Healthcare are components in the Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare which is developed and maintained by the Scottish Social Services Council.

SVQ in Dental Nursing

The Level 3 SVQ in Dental Nursing when taken with the required knowledge qualification allows registration with the General Dental Council as a Dental Nurse.

The level 3 SVQ in Dental Nursing is a component in the Modern Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing

SVQ in Pharmacy Services

SVQs in Pharmacy Services are offered at levels 2 and 3. Undertaking the Level 3 SVQ with the knowledge qualification will support registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council as a Pharmacy Technician (subject to the individual meeting the additional registration requirements).

The SVQs in Pharmacy Services and the knowledge qualifications are components of the Modern Apprenticeship in Pharmacy Services Read more about the benefits of NOS based vocational qualifications here.  You can search for NOS using the Skills for Health tools.

Skills for Health is working closely with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA Accreditation and SQA Awarding Body), Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and the Pharmacy Sector in Scotland to ensure availability of an appropriate range of qualifications and Apprenticeship Frameworks.

We are currently reviewing the SVQ in Pharmacy Services at SCQF level 6 for Pharmacy Support Staff. This will be followed later in the autumn with a review of the Modern Apprenticeship frameworks in Pharmacy Services.

It is vital that we gain the views of those working in the pharmacy sector in Scotland and have opened a consultation.

Details of how to contribute your feedback can be found here.

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