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The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

This article is about the qualifications changeover from the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF) to this new framework Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) explaining what these changes might be for individual qualifications.

Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) What is it?
The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) is the framework for all of the qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual. It was launched in October 2015 to coincide with the withdrawal of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
The RQF has one basic aim that Ofqual believes will give it an advantage over the QCF – simplicity for employers and learners.

Therefore, for each qualification the syllabus we will provide information on the:

  • knowledge and skills that the Awarding Organisation of the qualification will have
  • The primary objective of the qualification and the benefit it provides to learners
  • The possible progression routes between qualifications
  • The level and size of the qualification, using a common language and terminology
  • This applies to, and encompasses, every qualification that Ofqual regulates.

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Infection Prevention and Control Consultancy

Infections are often easily dealt with but sometimes, if they are not managed effectively, they can create serious problems. To ensure that your service meets the requirements of the Department of Health(DH) and the Care Quality Commission(CQC) requirements for the revised Health and Social Care Act 2008 - Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of Infections and related guidance (‘The Hygiene Code").

From April 2009, all NHS providers have been required to be registered with the Care Quality Commission. This registration legally requires organisations to protect its service users, staff and others from the risks of acquiring an infection and to be compliant with the code of practice as far as is reasonably practicable. The Care Quality Commission enforcement powers include imposing, varying or removing the conditions of registration, including the power to impose financial sanctions on non-compliant organisations.

The Health Act (DH, 2008) makes it clear that infection prevention and control is everyone’s responsibility and must be embedded into practice. It is impossible to prevent all infections, but by having an understanding of, and using the principles of infection prevention and control in your daily practice, we can minimise the risk of transferring harmful organisms to others.

ITS provide consultancy to NHS Trusts and healthcare organisations.

ITS deliver training for all the above by an infection prevention and control expert who has worked in the NHS for over 30 years with the last 15 managing a department in a large 600 bed hosptial developing and maintaining Health Act/CQC compliance requirements implemeting policies and procedures in infection prevention and control.

Infection Prevention and Control Specialists are available to provide onsite consultations for the following:  

  • Policy development
  • Review of evidence prior to inspection with the CQC 
  • New builds
  • Refurbishments
  • Program development
  • Training
  • Investigation following a complaint/serious untoward incident
  • Risk assessments
  • Audit

Patricia Wadsworth Director

Began her nurse training in 1978 and for the last 15 years has specialised in infection prevention and control. The last 9 years as lead nurse at Northampton General Hospital. A degree in teaching and education which has provided the knowledge and skills to be able to develop and deliver infection prevention and control education and training to all staff. A Certificate in infection prevention and control from Leeds University.