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Competency Framework – National Institute of Intellectual Disability Studies

September 13, 2023

This online programme has been endorsed by Social Care Ireland and is deemed to be of a high quality and relevant to social care practice. The NIIDS Competency Framework is a model that sets out a blueprint for excellence in performance within the disability sector. When we do not have a definition of what excellence looks like, the judgement of best practices may be more subjective. Our competency framework exists to identify the personal attributes, competencies and skills required by all grades of staff to complete their role to the highest standard.

The NDA made a request of the Department of Health to develop an outcomes framework for the measurement of the new model of person-centred disability services (NDA 2016). During drafting these outcomes, the NDA consulted with people with intellectual, physical and sensory disabilities. The suggested list of the supports required to achieve the new model of person-centred disability services all relate to staffing competency and skill mix and include:

  • having the right staff to give good support
  • being involved in choosing the staff that supports you
  • having staff with the right skills and attitudes
  • having staff that know you well and understand you
  • having assistance with communication where that is needed
  • advocacy support

National Institute of Intellectual Disability Studies used the outcomes framework and developed this competence tool to allow organisations to align Professional competence development with Workforce Competence Development which includes meeting HIQA requirements, the organisation’s policies, procedures, vision, values, goals, standards and objectives. Most importantly, to support people with Intellectual Disabilities to live the life they want to live.

Social Care Worker’s Standards of Proficiency

The purpose of CORU regulations is primarily to protect the public. To this end, CORU will establish and maintain a register for Social Care Workers (SCW). Each SCW will be required to register with CORU from Nov 2023. Registration will require all SCW to develop a portfolio that CORU can randomly audit after 12 months of registration. The portfolio will showcase your record and evidence of engagement in training, practice and development (CPD) in line with Standards of Proveniences and Section 10 Code of Practice.

Given the demands on disability services to hire and upskill their workforce, our competency framework brings the worlds of practice, service users’ expectations, policy, professional codes and standards, research and regulation into much closer proximity. The framework is presented as an interwoven, informed body of knowledge, providing a comprehensive detail of competencies required in all practice areas at all levels of an organisation to ensure a person-centred model and human rights-based approach. The framework has six common core practice areas and three practitioner levels, common to all professionals in the sector.

  • Person-centred practice
  • Quality services
  • Professionalism
  • Safety
  • Culture and Community
  • Supervision, management and leadership

Each area is equally important, independent and yet, interrelated. These core areas of knowledge and skill are multidisciplinary and recognise the progressive stages of professional competence, which is the second distinct element of the framework.

The three practitioner levels are:

Direct support staff, who are nurses, SCW and HCA’s etc
PICs – Persons in Charge or those directly supervising teams
Registered Providers, including those participating in management (PPIMs)

SPECIAL OFFER – we are offering a 10% discount to all Members of Social Care Ireland

Discount Code – socialcareireland10 this is valid until 31st of December 2022

To purchase our Competency Framework – click here

For more information on our Competency Framework feel free to contact our Director Martha McGinn


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September 13, 2023
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National Institute of Intellectual Disability Studies
Johnstown Business Centre
Johnstown, Co. Kildare W91 X6F3 Ireland
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