SVQs are national qualifications that recognise the workplace skills and experience staff have and provide the organisation with evidence which shows staff work to best practice National Occupational Standards. They are an assessment of competence not a training course, although training can be highlighted as a development need when assessing SVQs.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has its own approved SVQ Centre which supports staff throughout the organisation to undertake vocational qualifications.
Priority will be given to requests from managers for staff to undertake SVQs when a service need has been identified as follows:
At present the SVQ Centre is approved to offer the following SVQs:
No. Staff are assessed at their workplace using a variety of methods e.g. Observation, Reflection, Professional Discussion, Current work products & Questioning to underpin Knowledge and Understanding. They will be assessed on the skills they use every day in their job.
Don’t worry if staff have never studied for anything before or have difficulty writing reports etc. We will help them gather the evidence they need in different ways and can discuss providing support prior to starting a Vocational Qualification, which can tackle lack of confidence and other concerns which staff and managers may identify.
Staff will generally be assessed by either a peripatetic assessor attached to the SVQ central team, a workplace assessor linked to their local area, an assessor from another workplace or from an outside training provider. There may be development opportunities for staff to train as workplace assessors in some areas.
Time to complete a qualification is flexible. Everyone works through SVQs at a different pace. However we would expect candidates to finish within 9 -12 months depending on the award and level of qualification being undertaken.
An assessor and internal verifier will both be available for support.
The SVQ Team can be contacted directly for information, advice or guidance in relation to SVQs.
In discussion with managers, staff require support with allocation of time to carry out SVQ assignments and assessments. Underpinning Knowledge and Understanding is an important part of any qualification and links will be made with the relevant education staff to offer support to candidates.
The NHSGGC SVQ Centre has limited capacity to assess a small number of qualifications annually which would be corporately funded. Other delivery options are available. Contact the Qualifications Team to discuss funding implications.
As a manager
Contact us to discuss which SVQs may be appropriate for your staff and any funding implications.
A service level agreement may require to be set up.
As a prospective candidate
Contact us for an application form and to discuss which SVQs may be appropriate for you. If undertaking the SVQ is not already highlighted on your PDP, please speak to your manager as you need their support before applying.
Want to know more?
For further information on any SVQ programme please contact: