Developing a competency framework for critical care to match patient need

S Bench, D Crowe, T Day, M Jones, S Wilebore

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The competency framework developed by the critical care education group of the London Standing Conference aims to serve every grade and level of practitioner. It is neither time specific nor static. The patient is the central focus of the framework and the elements of competence reflect patient need at any critical care level [Comprehensive Critical Care: A Review of Adult Critical Care Services, The Stationary Office, London]. A group of expert nurses have developed the competency framework, with widespread consultation and collaboration. This approach intended to develop consistency for critical care education and practice. It is envisaged that this will reduce pockets of repeated activity, which places huge demands on limited resources. The critical care competency framework was developed using the method of functional analysis. A plan for the future has been identified, including continued collaboration and consultation with Trusts and Higher Educational Institutions and the development of an online manual to support the competency framework. KEY POINTS: 1. Critical care delivery has been under close scrutiny and a number of key contemporary drivers have led to the development of this competency framework. 2. The development of a consistent pan-London approach to critical care education has been identified. 3. The patient is the focus of critical care delivery and therefore patient need is central to the critical care competency framework. 4. Wider collaboration is needed with other agencies and groups to prevent the repetition of work already carried out
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136 - 142
Number of pages7
JournalIntensive and Critical Care Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003


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