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KSS statutory and mandatory (SaM) passport

The KSS SaM passport programme aims to embed the national quality standards[1] in the Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF) for the delivery of statutory and mandatory (core skills) training within providers of NHS care across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. 

When fully implemented the project has the potential to:

  • Improve patient safety by ensuing that core skills training is delivered to quality standards underpinned by an assessment process and increased training compliance.
  • Maximise value for money: the adoption of a consistent set of standards across the region will facilitate recognition of training provided by other organisations and the development of regional e-assessments. Modelling suggests that streamlining SaM training in this way offers the potential to save almost 10,000[2] employee days per year across the region

Project Progress Summary
Phase one of the project is now complete. Phase two will be led by the South East Coast HR Directors Network. Future plans and project management arrangements will be agreed at in May 2014.

Phase one achievements
86 per cent of large providers of NHS care have committed to deliver training to the standards in the CSTF. This means that within KSS nearly 60,000 staff work in organisations who deliver core skills training to nationally agreed standards.  All four HEIs who are contracted by HEKSS to provide pre-registration training have also committed to provide training to the standards in the CSTF.

Process for Sharing Training Records
The passport will enable training delivered to the standards of the CSTF to be recognised when employees move between organisations. You can download the KSS passport project process and template for sharing training records at the bottom of this page. 

More about the Core Skills Training Framework
The UK Core Skills Training Framework has been developed by Skills for Health. This tool identifies minimum learning outcomes and trainer competencies for the ten subjects that most frequently feature as part of statutory and mandatory training requirements within the English health sector:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Equality, diversity and human rights
  • Moving and handling
  • Fire safety
  • Resuscitation
  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Safeguarding adults
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Safeguarding children
  • Information governance

To find out more about the framework please visit the Skills for Health UK Core Skills Training Framework website.[3]

Passport Implementation
In order to standardise statutory and mandatory training across the KSS region each organisation is encouraged to align their current training provision against the Core Skills Training Framework. This requires them to:

  • Map the alignment of their statutory and mandatory training to the learning outcomes and trainer competencies identified in the framework.
  • Adopt the framework naming conventions to record statutory and mandatory training activity.

An overview of the process and suggested timescales can be found in the KSS SaM Passport Alignment Map at the bottom of this page. Once organisations have completed the alignment process they can apply for inclusion in the Skills for Health Core Skills Training Framework Register.

At the end of March 2014 the register included 80 organisations from KSS, London, Wales, Wessex and Thames Valley and the North West.

Further Details
For information on the Core Skills Training Framework; general questions, mapping subjects against the standards in the framework and how to complete the declaration of alignment contact:

Colin Wright, Skills Framework Manager

Richard Bussey, ESR Account Manager South East (Wessex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex)


Project Links
UK Core Skills Training Framework and Register of aligned organisations

[1] 2013 Skills for Health Core Skills Training Framework available here.

[2] Benefit calculation
Accepting training from new starters: at least 2300 staff move employment from one KSS organisation to another KSS organisation and 1100 staff move from an employer in London to a KSS employer. Accepting their CS training will save 3,400 staff days py (assuming one day is spent on training new employees).Refresher training: 60,000 employees work in CSTF compliant trusts. If 25% of these were to use e-assessment in place of spending half a day per year on refresher training in CS subjects a further 6,500 days could be saved

[3] Users will need to register with the Skills for Health Tools Portal and agree to the indicated terms and conditions in order to access CSTF resources (the link to register can be found toward the bottom of
the page)

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