The Calderdale Framework

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“It starts with the patients and is not just profession led. Looking ahead to the future there will be changing needs and changing expectations and here is the tool to provide the competent workforce to respond to them” Karen Middleton, Chief Health Professions Officer.

 “Excellent framework that can easily be implemented at a service level. The training was easy to follow and excellently delivered” Jan Tallett, Bradford and Airedale Primary Care Trust.

Highly commended in the 2008 HSJ Awards workforce development category.

What is the Calderdale Framework?

The Calderdale Framework is a transformational tool used to improve the way people work. It aims to provide a clear and systematic method of reviewing skill mix roles and service design to ensure safe and effective patient centred care.

The framework was first developed and implemented within the Clinical Therapy and Rehabilitation Directorate of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. It has since been adopted by other Trusts and local authorities. The process of applying the framework also leads to the development of a detailed competency document, based on tasks which are needed to deliver patient focused services. This ensures staff have appropriate knowledge and work based skills to make them more effective in their roles.

Who is it for?

The Calderdale Framework will be of interest to many people including:

  • Clinicians
  • Managers
  • Educationalists
  • Workforce developers
  • Commissioners.

Who is behind the framework?

The Calderdale Framework team is made up of NHS managers and clinicians with extensive experience in service and workforce development

  • Jayne Duffy (Senior Associate) -Jayne qualified in 1989 and has 16 years experience working in the NHS and worked in business for five years. She has worked as team leader in multidisciplinary community teams and is experienced in developing new services and workforce. Jayne co-developed the Calderdale Framework with Rachael Smith and has worked strategically with Skills for Health and Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority
  • Rachael Smith (Senior Associate) - Rachael has worked in the NHS for more than 23 years in a variety of settings. She qualified as a physiotherapist in 1982. She has worked as a team leader in acute and community settings and is experienced in the design and development of new services and new roles. Rachael developed the Calderdale Framework with Jayne as a tool to support others in service and role redesign. At a strategic level she has worked with Skills for Health and Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority and NHS Calderdale.
  • Lorraine Kershaw (Associate) - Lorraine qualified as a physiotherapist in 1994. She has a special interest in the rehabilitation of older people and multi-professional team working and management of multi-professional teams.
  • Jenny Burbidge (Associate) - Jenny has worked in the NHS since 1999 when she qualified as a physiotherapist.  She is currently the clinical lead for the orthopaedic rehabilitation service in the Trust.

To find out more about the framework, taster sessions and training:

Contact: Calderdale Framework Team
Laura Mitchell Health Centre
Great Albion Street
Tel: 01422 305570
Fax: 01422 305572

Jayne.duffy@cht.nhs.uk and Rachael.smith@cht.nhs.uk


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