Knowledge and Skills Framework

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The framework identifies the knowledge and skills required across the four levels of practice : informed, skilled, enhanced and specialist. These are based on the nature and frequency of contact staff have with people who may be at risk of, or affected by mental ill health, self-harm or suicide.


Aimed at those working across health, social care and the wider public sector this framework is designed to enable individuals, their teams, and managers identify and understand the values, knowledge and skills expected of them in mental health improvement and the prevention of self-harm or suicide. It will also help to identify gaps or strengths in staff’s knowledge and skills.

Framework Domains


The Framework outlines knowledge and skills across six domains as follows: