Competency rating scale (level descriptors)

This scale identifies the progression from novice (level1) to expert (level 6). It defines level 3 as the minimum standard for competence.

All assessors must be practising at this level or above to assess competence and ideally should hold a mentorship qualification.

 

Level of achievement

Level

Novice

Cannot perform this activity satisfactorily to the level required in order to participate in the clinical environment

0

                   

Can perform this activity but not without constant supervision and assistance

1

Can perform this activity with a basic understanding of  theory and practice principles, but requires some supervision and assistance

2

Competent Practitioner

Can perform this activity with understanding of theory and practice principles without assistance and/or direct supervision

3

                   

Can perform this activity with understanding of theory and practice principles without assistance and/or direct supervision, at an appropriate pace and adhering to evidence based practice

At this level competence will have been maintained for at least 6 months and/or is used frequently (2-3 times /week) The practitioner will demonstrate confidence and proficiency and show fluency and dexterity in practice

This is the minimum level required to be able to assess practitioners as competent

4

Can perform this activity with understanding of theory and practice principles without assistance and/or direct supervision, at an appropriate pace and adhering to evidence based practice.

At this level the practitioner will be able to adapt knowledge and skill to special/ novel situations where there maybe increased levels of complexity and/or risk

5

Expert

Can perform this activity with understanding of theory and practice principles without assistance and/or direct supervision, at an appropriate pace and adhering to evidence based practice.

Demonstrate initiative and adaptability to special problem situations, and can lead others in performing this activity

At this level the practitioner is able to co-ordinate, lead and assess others who are assessing competence. Ideally they will have a teaching and /or mentor qualification

6