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Knowledge Skills Framework Statistics

NHSScotland Knowledge and Skills Framework Statistics

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The NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) is the third strand of the modernised NHS pay system Agenda for Change (AfC). The KSF provides a fair and objective framework on which to base review and development for all staff employed on AfC terms and conditions. Implementation of the KSF was supported by a HEAT target which required Health Boards to ensure that all employees covered by AfC had an agreed personal development plan by March 2009. Achievement of this target was a key milestone towards full implementation of the KSF. Implementation of KSF will support effective workforce development by ensuring staff have regular development reviews and support for agreed development activities identified within Personal Development Plans.

Main Findings

The main findings are:

  • The percentage of staff who had an agreed KSF personal development plan increased from 14% in April 2008 to 92% in March 2009.

The table below shows the percentage of staff with a KSF personal development plan in each Board at the end of March 2009.

Table 1. Percentage of Agenda for Change staff with a KSF personal development plan
NHS Board31 March 2009
NHS Ayrshire and Arran97
NHS Borders91
NHS Dumfries and Galloway54
NHS Fife99
NHS Forth Valley100
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde96
NHS Grampian100
NHS Highland70
NHS Lanarkshire100
NHS Lothian85
NHS Orkney85
NHS Shetland100
NHS Tayside85
NHS Western Isles9
Scottish Ambulance Service60
NHS National Waiting Times Centre100
NHS 24100
NHS Education for Scotland100
NHS Health Scotland100
NHS National Services Scotland99
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland77
The State Hospital96

Note: Figures for eight NHS Boards in the above table have been revised. The previously published statistics did not take account of final performance figures which were received after the year-end report was produced and these have now been updated.


Data for monitoring purposes was supplied by NHS Boards who collected the statistics through local performance management processes.

Baseline for monitoring purposes was set at the number of substantive posts in Boards at 31 March 2008.

Further Information

This is the first time these data have been published. Although not classified as National Statistics they are regarded as Official Statistics and, as such, are bound by the principles and protocols contained within the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

The measure above contributes to the Scottish Government's HEAT performance management system which sets out the targets and measures against which NHS Boards are publicly monitored and evaluated.

  • HEAT target E3 - Staff with a KSF personal development plan

This HEAT target required Health Boards to ensure that 100 per cent of employees covered by AfC had an agreed personal development plan by March 2009. When exclusions to the target are taken into account i.e. staff on long term sick leave, maternity or other leave, staff on secondment and vacancies, Boards could reasonably be accredited with achievement of the target within a performance margin of 95% to 100% coverage.

The original HEAT target date for having 100 per cent of AfC staff with Personal Development Plans under the KSF was 31 March 2009. However, when it became clear that some Boards would not meet this target a separate delivery plan with Boards was agreed which extended the target to 31 May 2009. Therefore, Boards that reported 95% or above as at 31 May 2009 were regarded as having achieved the Action Plan target. Management information received in August showed that all NHS Boards achieved the Action Plan target by August 2009.

Useful Links

UK Statistics Authority, Code of Practice for Official Statistics - http://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/assessment/code-of-practice/index.html

Scottish Government NHSScotland Performance Targets (HEAT) - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Health/NHS-Scotland/17273

For further information, please contact:

Christine McGregor

Scottish Government

Health Analytical Services

Email: Christine.McGregor@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: 0131 244 3394