Calderdale Framework

The Calderdale Framework (CF) is a clinically-led workforce development tool to facilitate a ‘best for patient, best for system’ approach. It provides opportunities to standardise patient care and achieve service efficiencies. 

The South Island Directors of Allied Health support the implementation of the Calderdale Framework as a means of developing a more flexible and competent allied health workforce for the South Island health system – in primary care, secondary care and community health care. Read their position statement on CF implementation.


About CF and South Island implementation - Questions and Answers

Interview with the founders

The UK founders of the Calderdale Framework, Jayne Duffy and Rachael Smith, visited Christchurch in November 2016. In the short videos below they answer five key questions for Anne Buckley, Allied Health Facilitator and Project Manager, South Island Workforce Development Hub.

Part 1: About the Framework (3.43 min)

Part 2: Key factors for success (2.23 min)

Part 3: Lean for the workforce (1.34 min)

Part 4: Business as usual (3.34 min)

Part 5: The role of champions (1.40 min)

To view the South Island Alliance’s Calderdale Framework channel, which contains all five videos, click here:


Kartner M, Murtagh D, Bennetts M, et al. Randomised controlled trial of a transprofessinal healthcare role intervention in an acute medical setting. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2017;31:190-198.

This small RCT looks at skill sharing using Calderdale Framework methodology in the acute medical setting. Key findings reported include:

‘Descriptive outcomes indicated that patients receiving the new model of care underwent more comprehensive and prompt assessments in the health domains included than those in standard care, and demonstrated more positive health and functional outcomes at 1-, 3-, and 6-month follow-up.’


Assessing the implementation process and outcomes of newly introduced assistant roles

Video abstract - Prof. Susan Nancarrow, published December 5, 2012. 

A qualitative study to examine the utility of the Calderdale Framework as an appraisal tool.



Latest News

January 2018 Update

See earlier news below:

October 2017 Update - poster: Shaping our South Island Allied Health workforce - The Calderdale Framework in Action

December 2016 Update

May 2016 Update

April 2016 Update

October 2015 Update


South Island Regional Clinical Task Instructions 

The following Clinical Task Instructions (CTIs) have been published in the last 3 months for regional use in South Island DHBs within Calderdale Framework projects:

                       NMR-D SINZ Passive Range of Motion (PROM) Lower limb exercises – Neurorehabilitation

                       COM-D SINZ Communication therapy: Clear speech strategies


If you have any queries about these CTIs or wish to review them please contact:

Anne Buckley Project Lead – Calderdale Framework Implementation, SIWDH


Doing Something Different Together. Future proofing our Allied Health Workforce: a South Island Approach.

Poster presented at APAC Conference in Sydney September 2016.