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How the SVQ Process Works

How does the SVQ Process work?

The decision to apply to undertake a vocational learning programme may be identified for staff either by the individual or by Service Managers.

This may be as a result of one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Links to Service Needs, Redesign or Workforce Plans
  2. Identified at PDP Review
  3. Other e.g. (Role Development)

In all cases PDPs should indicate the required learning need.

Informal discussions may be required to determine the correct SVQ award & level. Application forms are then completed and forwarded to the SVQ Centre. Further discussions may be required with Managers regarding delivery options and possible funding implications / cost. Assessment is generally provided internally (using assessors from within the organisation) or in some cases externally (using assessors contracted to an FE college or external provider). The NHS GGC SVQ Centre has a limited resource and can offer a number of SVQ programmes annually which will be funded corporately, assessed and quality assured directly from the Centre. Intakes will take place around September and March of each year. Priority will be given to the applications depending on the need for staff to undertake a vocational qualification.

The SVQ Centre manages the Vocational Learning provision for NHS GGC, including quality assurance, any relevant internal verification and appropriate administration.

A Service Level Agreement (SLA) may require to be drawn up between the service area and the SVQ Centre. This agreement will confirm how the required underpinning Knowledge and Understanding for candidates will be met.

Introductory workshops / planning sessions for candidates will be arranged. This will include training on the e-portfolio system ‘Proof Positive’ if necessary.

These sessions will be followed by individual tutorials arranged with the candidate and the assessor.

Candidate gathers and produces a folder of evidence (electronic or paper based).

Assessor judges and assesses candidate competence against the standards and advises on how to cover gaps.

Assessor accredits SVQ units individually until full SVQ achieved.

Certificate is then issued by awarding body.

Candidates are invited to an annual NHS GGC Qualifications Award Ceremony in recognition of their achievements.