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Using the NES NMAHP development framework

Using the NES NMAHP development framework

The framework is designed to be used by practitioners, managers and educators in different ways.

By practitioners

  • to benchmark current level of practice
  • to continue to grow within current level of practice by identifying areas for development
  • to guide professional development from a newly qualified practitioner towards experienced, expert practice
  • to customise a development plan linked directly to their role by adding on knowledge, skills and behaviours from profession or role specific frameworks
  • to identify evidence to support personal development planning, or re-validation with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

By managers

  • to support discussions that take place as part of professional development reviews
  • to inform succession planning
  • to support Skills Maximisation – being the best you can be at every level of the practice
  • to support service redesign and skill mix

By educators

  • to plan and deliver education and training to meet the rapidly changing needs of practitioners
  • to identify opportunities for shared, inter-professional learning
  • to plan programmes of education to prepare practitioners to work at different levels of the framework
  • to describe how education programmes articulate with each other

The Development Framework also directly links to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework ( and can be used to support the annual development review cycle.