NIPEC was asked to project manage the development of an attributes framework to support the implementation of safety and quality in HSC Trusts across Northern Ireland (NI). Dr Gavin Lavery Director of the Northern Ireland Safety Forum was asked to lead the Project.

 The Attributes Framework was launched by the Minister on 9 December 2014. The attributes have been developed to enable staff, including those in training, to improve the services they provide for their patients/service users. There are four levels of Attributes; the first one Strengthening Foundations for Improvement is applicable for all those working in Health and Social Care or those in training (Table 1).


Download the DHSSPS Attributes Framework.

Individuals can complete the online self assessment tool to help them prepare for appraisal or supervision/mentorship meetings at the NIPEC Portfolio you must be registered on the site to view the competence assessment tools section which is located on the left hand menu bar. 

View the Project Plan, Meeting notes and Agendas including Membership of the Steering Group.

Go to Project Development of an Attributes Framework for Health and Social Care documents

Contact Information

Cathy McCusker
Senior Professional Officer
Tel : 0300 300 0066