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NHSScotland staff set to benefit from Recognition of Prior Learning


Media Release from SCQF Partnership and NHS Education for Scotland

'Getting it Right'

NHSScotland staff will benefit from an innovative project led by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in collaboration with the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership (SCQFP). 'Getting it Right' aims to develop and roll out Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) processes to help NHS staff to make the most of the informal learning which occurs in the workplace. 

NES has produced two new publications to assist with the RPL profiling and evidence gathering process: one to support staff acting as RPL facilitators, and one for learners. The SCQF Partnership has also developed an online RPL Guide which provides support both to learners and providers. 

A wide range of people can use RPL either to help them re-enter learning, to contribute towards a programme of learning or simply to identify their skills to progress in their career. RPL can also help employers better understand the range and levels of knowledge and skills in the workforce, and inform more effective targeting of resources to support workforce development. 

The goal is for NHSScotland staff to be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills gained through experience and to have them recognised when applying for promotion opportunities and career development. The project will also help NHS staff to identify their skills and compile portfolios to provide evidence and experience when applying for further or higher education courses at college or university. 

As part of the 'Getting it Right' project, representatives from NES and the SCQFP created and delivered bespoke RPL workshops to NHS staff interested in becoming RPL facilitators for their NHS Board. The first workshop focused on staff's understanding of RPL and its potential use in NHSScotland. Each participant completed a learning needs analysis which helped to identify how to build on their knowledge. The second workshop focused on the process to support other people to use RPL. Prospective facilitators worked with case study scenarios to gain practice in taking clients through the RPL profiling process using existing SCQF tools.

NHSScotland staff interested in finding out more about the project should contact Gail Dennett at or


Issued by the SCQF Partnership October 2017 

Notes to editor:

NES is the national education and training board in NHS Scotland, with responsibility for developing and delivering education and training for the healthcare workforce in Scotland. NES has been working with the SCQFP on various projects over the last eight years. 

You can find the two new publications on the NES corporate website at the following links:



The SCQFP promotes lifelong learning in Scotland and manages the SCQF, the national qualifications framework in Scotland. 

To access the online RPL Guide, visit the SCQF website at  

Background to the SCQF and SCQF Partnership

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) supports individual learners and exists to sustain a vibrant lifelong learning culture in Scotland. It is our aim to include, where appropriate, all qualifications and assessed learning in Scotland into the SCQF so that learners can identify their current position in relation to the Framework and can plan their future learning pathways. 

In November 2006 the SCQF Partnership Board was set up to manage the Framework. Our Directors are from: 

  • College Development Network;
  • the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education;
  • the Scottish Qualifications Authority; and
  • Universities Scotland.

The SCQF Partnership Board is chaired by Rob Wallen and in addition to the Directors we also have a co-opted member bringing an employer perspective.

The SCQF Partnership's aims are to: 

  • maintain the quality and integrity of the Framework;
  • promote and develop the Framework as a way of supporting lifelong learning; and
  • develop and maintain relationships with frameworks in the rest of the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

The Framework helps people of all ages and circumstances to access the education and training that is appropriate to them over their lifetime. It can help learners to plan their learning and develop progression routes to follow, whatever their situation may be. 

The SCQF is in the custody of, and managed by, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership (SCQF Partnership). The Partnership is a company limited by guarantee and is a Scottish registered charity SCO37958.

Contact Information:

Sam Houten Feeley, Communications and Marketing Officer

Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership

201 West George Street Glasgow G2 2LW

Tel: 0141 225 2927

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