PDA Recruitment and Performance Management of the Healthcare Team SCQF Level 8

Professional Development Awards (PDAs) extend or broaden professional or vocational skills and are linked to National Occupational Standards. The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Recruitment and Performance Management of the Healthcare Team at SCQF level 8 covers the following specialist skills: workforce planning, recruitment, induction and appraisal.

This qualification covers areas such as planning recruitment, facilitating selection, producing induction programmes, and managing performance through an appraisal system.

Healthcare environment workplace policies and procedures must be aligned to relevant current guidelines and legislation; therefore, the content has been designed with relevant standards in mind, for example, Health and Safety Executive: COSHH, RIDDOR and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

This qualification is available through colleges, training providers and some employers. It has been designed to be delivered as a taught course; it will normally be available as a combination of workshops and self-directed study.

The PDA in Recruitment and Performance Management of the Healthcare Team has been developed in partnership with employers and industry, so it is suitable for the dental and other healthcare sectors.

It will help employers meet skills gaps and provide continuing professional development for staff, while learners will gain knowledge and skills needed for progression in the workplace.

The unit-based structure aids timetable flexibility. Units typically require 40 hours of learning and they can be delivered on a full-time or part-time basis.

This PDA provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).

This PDA has been designed to provide a formal qualification for those working (or those who aspire to work) in a supervisory or managerial role within a dental or other healthcare- providing environment.

All learners must be able access opportunities to meet the unit’s learning outcomes and demonstrate the evidence requirements.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners should be involved with the recruitment, selection, and induction of new staff and with conducting performance reviews within a formal appraisal system.

It is also recommended that learners should have strong communication and interpersonal skills, which may be evidenced by previous achievement of relevant qualifications at SCQF level 6 or above, such as Higher English or equivalent.

Successful completion of this PDA may offer learners the opportunity to progress within the dental or other healthcare sectors. Some learners may wish to move on to undertake a PDA in Operational Leadership and Management.

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority must come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Each unit is assessed separately.

Assessment will allow candidates to enhance their own practice. The use of reports and projects is crucial to this.

Qualification content and delivery tools


Group award code: GV3C 48 (16 SCQF credit points)

The PDA in Recruitment and Performance Management of the Healthcare Team at SCQF level 8 consists of 1 mandatory double credit unit.

Code Unit title SQA credit SCQF credit points SCQF level
J7LC 45 Managing the Recruitment, Induction and Performance of the Healthcare Team  2 16 8


Supporting the Healthcare Team in the Workplace GP5M 48

This group award has been replaced.

It entered its lapsing period on: 1 August 2023

It finishes on: 30 September 2024