Endocrine Abstracts (2015) 38 P177 | DOI: 10.1530/endoabs.38.P177

How is the Society for Endocrinology Competency Framework for Adult Endocrine Nursing used in practice?

Veronica Kieffer1, Kate Davies2, Christine Gibson3, Morag Middleton4, Jean Munday5, Shashana Shalet6, Lisa Shepherd7 & Phillip Yeoh8


1Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK; 2Great Ormond Stree Hospital for Children NHS Trust, London, UK; 3Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK; 4Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, UK; 5Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, UK; 6Salford Royal Hospitals Foundation Trust, Salford, UK; 7Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK; 8The London Clinic, London, UK.


The Competency Framework for Adult Endocrine Nursing was launched at the Society for Endocrinology (SfE) BES conference in March 2013 and was made available to Endocrine nurses and Endocrine centres in the UK. It was also made accessible via the SfE website. Questionnaires were sent out 6 months later to audit its use.

Results: 80.4% of nurse respondents had heard of the document and 69.6% had read it. 100% of those who had read it found it easy to use and 89% were able to identify their personal level or that of staff they managed. 31% had used it for their appraisal, 27% had used it to benchmark their own practise and 17% had used it for service development. The document was presented to European nurses at the European Congress of Endocrinology (ECE) in May 2013. At the ECE in May 2014 the 15 nurse delegates were asked to complete a questionnaire about this document.

Results: 100% thought it would be of benefit to nurses in their country. 87% thought it would most likely or definitely have a positive impact on their career development. 61% thought the document most useful to identify their developmental needs, 30% in benefiting career progression and 9% for appraisal. The 2nd edition of this document with four new competencies was published in Endocrine Connections in March 2015 and had 836 downloads in the first 3 months. It is proposed to continue to update this document and develop more competencies over the coming years.

To see current use of this document and its usefulness in developing both the individual nurse and endocrine nursing as a whole the authors are currently carrying out a further audit with the results to be included in the final presentation in November.

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