Consultation on draft AAC Framework for Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) would appreciate and value your views on the draft AAC Education and Development Framework for Scotland.

Aim of consultation

The aim of this consultation is to seek your views and consensus on the Framework:

  • to ensure that national guidance on skills and capabilities for staff working with people who use AAC are fit for purpose
  • to provide feedback on the overall content and user-friendliness of the Framework to support staff development.

About the Framework

This Framework has been developed by NES in partnership with the AAC Education and Development Framework External Reference Group and NHS Board AAC Leads. The Framework is written to support all workers in heath, education, social care, and the voluntary and independent sectors who provide services for children, young people and adults who use AAC. It aims to provide a continuum of AAC-specific knowledge and skills that workers should aspire to achieve in relation to the role they play in supporting children, young people and adults who use AAC, and their families and carers.

The Framework can be used by individual workers to:

  • help them fully understand the values base, and the knowledge and skills expected in providing a quality service to children, young people and adults who use AAC
  • identify their strengths and explore possible gaps in knowledge and skills required of their role in working with people who use AAC.

It can be used by managers to:

  • ensure that staff have the required knowledge and skills to meet the needs of service users who use AAC
  • identify staff development needs of the team supporting people who use AAC, and to support both short term and longer term planning.

It can be used by education and training providers to:

  • inform the content of the vocational, under graduate and post graduate education and training provided.

It can be used by people who use AAC, their families and carers to:

  • ensure that they understand the full extent of support that they may need throughout their AAC journey.


The consultation draft of the Framework can be found on the NES website.

The consultation opens on 8th July and will close on the 9th September 2013 at 5pm.

Please complete the online questionnaire. Alternatively, you can request a hard copy of the questionnaire and complete it manually. This can be requested from Anna Girling, Project Co-ordinator (AAC), E: [email protected] T: 0131 656 3362.

It is not usual for NES to accept responses by telephone or in person, however, please phone NES on 0131 656 3362 to discuss any reasonable adjustments which would help you to respond.

Please circulate widely to all networks and colleagues who may be interested.