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Competency Framework

What is it and who is it for?

The competency framework is for all research staff and includes anyone who contributes to the work undertaken by site based clinical research teams. Its purpose is to define the knowledge, skills and attributes of research staff.

How does it work?

The framework is made up of three sections; the Core Document which contains an introduction and outlines the competencies required; Evidence Forms which are used to document witness statements, testimonies and personal reflections and finally blank competency forms which can be used by mentors for Customisation of the framework to more specific needs if necessary.

How do I use it?

Where and how people work differs greatly and your setting can impact on how you use the framework. For example you may need to collaborate electronically on a document with people who don’t always work on the same site as you, or you may work somewhere with restricted access to computers, internet or Wi-Fi and find it easier to print a document out and work on it with a good old fashioned pen!

To help you with this, there are two ways of using the framework...

Competency Framework Core Document Image

Offline Version

This is a pdf document which you can download and print. The you can then work with your mentor face to face to fill out action plans and sign off your evidence. This version is best if you have limited online access and you can meet with your mentor regularly.

Online Version

This version is a Google document that you copy and share it with your mentor. You can both work on the framework from different locations and it is saved in your google drive. This means that you don't have to keep track of a physical document and there is always an up-to-date copy somewhere safe. It can be really beneficial if you don't always work in the same physical place as your mentor.

Both Versions can be found in the main Core Document section below.

Core Document

Core Document

Core Document for the main core documents (both online and offline versions)

Evidence Forms

Evidence Forms

Click here for evidence forms to record reflection and witness statements



Click here for blank competency templates