Last year, alongside the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the National Center released the Blueprint for Complex Care, a national strategic plan for strengthening the emerging field of complex care. One of the Blueprint’s findings was that the practice of complex care requires significantly different knowledge, skills, and abilities than traditional practice and that proper training and support for the complex care workforce is a significant need of the field. The Blueprint’s first recommendation calls for the development of core competencies, which can be used to develop training and certification programs.

We are excited to announce that this project has just begun with the launch of the core competencies working group!

This expert group, composed of practitioners, educators, and consumers, will engage in a year-long process to develop an initial set of statements that define the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to effectively deliver care for people with complex health and social needs. These 15 individuals were chosen from more than over 50 nominations for their extensive experience and diverse perspectives.

The working group will hold their first virtual convening in late October and monthly meetings will follow, with at least two full-day in-person convenings in Camden, NJ in the first half of 2020. The working group will begin by aligning on common goals, values, and processes. They will then independently and collectively work to more thoroughly understand the current research and state of core competencies and the field of complex care as it relates to core competencies.

During the in-person and virtual meetings, the working group will generate domains and competency statements through structured brainstorming and consensus-building activities. The final report will be drafted in summer 2020 with the working group’s ongoing feedback and suggestions. The initial statements will be showcased to the field in November at the National Center’s Putting Care at the Center 2020 conference.

Want to get involved? We’re interested in hearing from you! Find us at the interactive Beehive at our Putting Care at the Center 2019 conference, where we’ll be collecting ideas and suggestions for the core competencies. Also, be on the lookout for online surveys asking for your input and feedback in the beginning and middle of next year.

Have early ideas? Fill out this form to let us know what you’re thinking about.

Read more about the core competency working group members on our website.