Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Advanced clinical practice (ACP) is a defined level of practice designed to transform and modernise pathways of care, enabling the safe and effective sharing of skills across traditional professional boundaries.

Advanced practitioners are professionals registered with either the NMC, HCPC or GPhC.  They are educated to master’s level or equivalent, with advanced skills and knowledge. This extra learning allows them to expand their scope of practice to better meet the needs of the patients they provide care to.

This type of role is defined by the Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England;

“Advanced clinical practice is delivered by experienced, registered health and care practitioners. It is a level of practice characterised by a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making. This is underpinned by a master’s level award or equivalent that encompasses the four pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research, with demonstration of core capabilities and area specific clinical competence.

Advanced clinical practice embodies the ability to manage clinical care in partnership with individuals, families and carers. It includes the analysis and synthesis of complex problems across a range of settings, enabling innovative solutions to enhance people’s experience and improve outcomes.”

Advanced clinical practitioners are professionals who;
  • can demonstrate critical thinking in the safe clinical decision-making
  • communicate and work collaboratively with the general practice team to meet the needs of patients
  • provide leadership

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