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Staff working at a very high level of expertise and/or have responsibility for planning services.
People at level 8 of the career framework require highly specialised knowledge, some of which is at the forefront of knowledge in a field of work, which they use as the basis for original thinking and/or research.
They are leaders with considerable responsibility, and the ability to research and analyse complex processes. They have responsibility for service improvement or development. They may have considerable clinical and/or management responsibilities, be accountable for service delivery or have a leading education or commissioning role.
Indicative or Reference Title: Consultant
8C1 - Use a wide range of skills and strategies, including a significant range of advanced or specialist skills, to communicate with people on complex matters or in complex situations
8C2 - Act as a champion and role model for values-based care and professionalism
8C3 - Innovate, develop and role model safe, effective and person-centred practice within area of practice and wider organisation
8C4 - Influence and contribute to the development of guidance and legislation that governs the legal and ethical aspects of service provision
8C5 - Use expert knowledge of professional regulation and codes of practice and legislation to lead the development, implementation and evaluation of protocols guidelines and policies at operational and strategic levels
8C6 - Use clinical data to drive improvement through review and interdisciplinary collaboration
8C14 - Lead on the promotion, development and application of expert clinical knowledge, skills and behaviours appropriate to own area of practice and the wider service
8E1 - Demonstrate a critical understanding of different research approaches, methods and analysis and support others to develop and apply these in practice
8E2 - Lead by example and develop the capability of others to critically appraise and synthesize evidence to inform practice and create a culture in which audit, research and quality improvement thrives.
8E3 - Lead by example and develop a supportive culture to promote the sharing of good practice and lessons learned from audit, research and quality improvement activity locally and nationally through professional and peer reviewed processes
8E4 - Use highly specialised theoretical and practical knowledge to develop original and creative solutions to problems and make decisions and assist others to do so
8E9 - Lead on the promotion, development and application of research and development appropriate to own role and the wider service
8E5 - Ensure self and others are able to use a wide range of Quality Improvement/Clinical Audit/Research skills and actively contribute Quality Improvement, Audit or Research projects to inform and enhance practice
8E6 - Apply a consistent and integrated approach to critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas, information, research data, statistics and issues and help others do the same
8E7 - Lead and commission projects and encourage involvement of all staff
Experienced clinical practitioners with a high level of skill and theoretical knowledge. Will make high level clinical decisions and manage their own workload. Non-clinical staff who would be managing one or more areas.
People at level 7 of the career framework have a critical awareness of knowledge issues in the field and at the interface between different fields. They are innovative, and have a responsibility for developing and changing practice and/or services in a complex and unpredictable environment.
Indicative or Reference Title: Advanced Practitioner
A higher degree of autonomy and responsibility than Level 5 in the clinical area. Non clinical staff who would be managing one or more service areas (Scottish Government 2009)
People at level 6 require a critical understanding of detailed theoretical and practical knowledge, within their field and /or have management and leadership responsibilities.
They demonstrate initiative and are creative in finding solutions to problems. They have some responsibility for team performance and service development and they consistently undertake self development.
Indicative Reference Title: Specialist/Senior Practitioner
Level - 9/10
Registered practitioners consolidating pre-registration experience and getting ready for a higher level of functioning (Scottish Government Workforce 2009)
People at level 5 will have a comprehensive factual and theoretical knowledge within a field of work and an awareness of the boundaries of that knowledge.
They are able to use knowledge to solve problems creatively, make judgements which require analysis and interpretation, and actively contribute to service and self development. They may have responsibility for supervision of staff or training.
Indicative Reference Title: Practitioner