National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Assistive Technology


Final Project Information Bulletin – January 2014

Skills for Health is pleased to announce that the NOS for Assistive Technologies have been approved by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).

This project looked at the NOS required by healthcare staff who use assistive technology within their day to day role. A final project report has been produced and can be found on the project page here NOS for Assistive Technologies Skills for Health would like to thank the project Steering and Working Groups for their involvement in the project, along with those who contributed to the online consultation.

The NOS are available on the Skills for Health website. You can access the NOS from the Skills for Health Competence Tools here By entering the NOS prefix ie. CHS140 into the search box, you will be able to find the relevant standard. You can also search by keyword and this will return a list of relevant NOS. For any queries about using the Skills for Health Tools, please email [email protected]

What are National Occupational Standards?

NOS describe the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to undertake a particular task or job to a nationally recognised level of competence. They focus on what the person needs to be able to do, as well as what they must know and understand to work effectively.

NOS cover the key activities undertaken within an occupation, across all the circumstances the job holder is likely to encounter. A person’s job role will be made up of NOS from many different suites – for example, a clinical role may use NOS from the Clinical Health Skills (CHS) suite, as well as NOS from the Management and Leadership suite, Business and Administration suite and the Learning and Development suite. All the NOS relevant to a job role may not be found in one suite or numbered sequentially.

For further information about the recent project, please email [email protected]

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for health. We help the whole UK health sector develop a more skilled and flexible workforce. Our proven solutions help improve not just productivity but also the quality of health and healthcare. For further information about NOS or the work of Skills for Health, please visit our website here