[Excerpt from publisher] The purpose of this document is twofold. It presents a generic framework which can be used to guide the development of new roles. The framework has been developed in partnership with representatives from other staff groups. It may be applied equally to role development in nursing as well as, for example, the Allied Health Professions or Pharmacy. It can be used to assist in the planning process to ensure that roles are needs led, meet governance requirements, are sustainable, as well as ensuring that the development is supported by the whole team thus ensuring its success. The rest of the document contains a rationale for structured role development in nursing. It describes the context and drivers for change, principles which should underpin nursing roles, and emphasises the importance of a career structure within which new roles may sit comfortably. The framework is aimed at four key groups:Patients and carers, their representatives and voluntary organisationsNurses, midwives, other health professionals and social care professionalsEducation providers and researchersManagers of services and service providers.