Standard 7 - Requirement (3) (c)
The workforce is competent and members of the workforce have the qualifications and knowledge to effectively perform their roles.
Intent of this requirement
This requirement is intended to make sure the workforce has the skills, qualifications and knowledge they need for their role to provide care and services. The requirement covers an organisation’s systems to regularly review the roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of their workforce.
If personal or clinical care is provided, it’s expected that the organisation has systems to monitor whether staff are working within the scope of their practice, responsibilities and skills. The way staff delivering clinical care work needs to be in line with current legislation, guidance and the organisation’s clinical governance framework.
- How does the organisation know that only suitably skilled and competent members of the workforce are delivering care and services?
- How does the workforce know their responsibilities and accountabilities? How does the organisation assess the workforce against these?
- How does the organisation test the competence and skills of its workforce and ensure they continue to develop skills relevant to their roles?
- How does the organisation keep up-to-date on policies and the scope of practice requirements for registered health practitioners?
- How is the workforce supported to manage conditions that are common in aged care? For example understanding how to support consumers with memory problems, arthritis, visual or hearing loss?
Examples of actions and evidence
- Consumers say they have confidence in the workforce. They feel the workforce is trained, competent and skilled.
- Consumers say the workforce is able to meet their social, cultural, religious, spiritual, psychological and medical care and support needs.
- Consumers say that organisation has collaborated with other providers when their care and care and service needs have beyond the ability of the workforce to provide.
Workforce and others
- Observations that the delivery of care and services is by suitably competent and qualified members of the workforce consistent with safe and quality care and scope of practice.
- Observations that delivery of care and services is provided by members of the workforce consistent with their assessed needs, goals and preferences and any risks associated with the care and service.
- The workforce can describe how they work within their skills, qualifications and knowledge base.
- The workforce is satisfied with the supervision and support they receive from the organisation when they are learning new skills.
- The workforce feel colleagues and subcontractors who deliver care and services have the skills, qualifications and knowledge base to competently perform their roles.
- The workforce can describe regular professional development or training to improve their knowledge so they can effectively perform their roles.
- Evidence of records that show the organisation assesses and checks that members of the workforce have the skills, qualifications and knowledge to be competent at their job.
- Evidence that systems to identify if the workforce has the right mix of skills, qualifications, knowledge and competencies are operating and gaps identified are addressed.
- Evidence that the organisation acts promptly on any workforce shortages.