National Occupational Standards for Assistive Technologies

The National Occupational Standards (NOS) for healthcare workers that work with assistive technologies are now available for consultation until 21st October 2013.

The NOS define the common functions for healthcare occupations working with assistive technologies as part of their role. These workers could be nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, prosthetists and orthotists or any other health professional working with this type of technology across health and social care.

The NOS have been written so as to apply across a broad range of technologies rather than specifying the knowledge and skills required to use individual technologies. There is one exception to this general approach and this is with augmentative and alternative (AAC) communication systems. The AAC NOS must remain applicable to support workers as they are specifically used in qualifications for this role.

To contribute to the consultation, please visit the project page on the Skills for Health website at NOS for Assistive Technologies

For further information about the project or to be placed on the mailing list, please email competences@skillsforhealth.org.uk