Case study: Implementing the competency framework
The competency framework was extremely useful and very clearly set out. As a template it needed only a little adjustment and clarification for the trainee to make it work.
Hackney 180, Thames Reach’s day centre, made the competencies work by urging the trainee not to think about it for the first two to three weeks, and instead concentrate on getting to know the service. Once this initial period had elapsed the competency framework was then discussed formally with an eye to ensuring that:
The framework is clear
Both trainee and placement supervisor are working to the same goals
Dates and targets are being set for 3 and 6 month reviews
The trainee is offered the chance to give feedback and reflect on practice
How the competency framework fits into the Hackney 180 induction is assessed
The placement supervisor attended planning meetings within Thames Reach to assess the effectiveness of the framework at different stages during the placement. This enabled positive feedback from the team’s experience to be reported, and gave him the chance to learn from other teams' experience of accommodating a trainee into the framework and their project.
Both the trainee and the placement supervisor found the competency framework to be clear and the colour coded layout bright and helpful.
"The framework may need some additional work to accommodate more experienced staff simply being inducted into a new organisation and developing skills in a new role. They will need to recognise that there is a difference between such a worker and a trainee coming in fresh."
Martin Harris, Day Services Co-ordinator, Hackney 180