Career Focus

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BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7118.3b (Published 15 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:S3b-7118

The 48% of the NHS's workforce which has no professional qualifications are being encouraged to train for NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) according to an article in the Employee Development Bulletin (October 1997;94:6-9). Although NVQs are also one possible model for continuing professional development, their introduction for staff who have registrable professional qualifications is controversialÑthe NHS Executive has decided that it does want to encourage this competition at present. The new health based qualifications will promote continuity of care: the generic worker (clerk, porter, domestic rolled into one) is envisaged pulling the notes, taking the patient to x ray, and making a nice cup of tea afterwards.

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