What is an Advanced Clinical Practitioner?

Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACP) come from a range of professional backgrounds such as nursing, pharmacy, and allied health professionals. They are healthcare professionals, educated to Master’s level or equivalent, with the skills and knowledge to expand their scope of practice to better meet the needs of the people they care for. Advanced Clinical Practitioners are deployed across all healthcare settings and work at a level of Advanced Clinical Practice that pulls together the four Advanced Clinical Practice pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education, and research.

The roles undertaken by Advanced Clinical Practitioners are determined by the needs of the employer and how they require the level of practice to be deployed within their setting. This may fit with nationally understood roles, such as those within emergency departments or very bespoke roles based upon the needs of a specific population such as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner Dietitian running a complex enteral feeding (tube feeding) service for paediatric patients.

What do Advanced Clinical Practitioners do?

Advanced Clinical Practitioners offer multiple benefits to health service and the population. They bring more holistic care to patients, support continuity of care and extend their scope of practice across traditional boundaries. This leads in turn to a greater focus on prevention, more  personalised care, a more efficient team, a faster response to patient needs and better outcomes.

Advanced Clinical Practitioners and the Long-Term Plan

The NHS Long-Term Plan highlights how advanced clinical practice is central to helping transform service delivery and better meet local health needs by providing enhanced capacity, capability, productivity, and efficiency within multi-professional teams. Developing advanced clinical practice roles, as well as the level of practice just below and above ACP level should be considered a key component of contemporary workforce planning, as described in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Advanced Clinical Practitioners and ARRS

Advanced Practitioners are a role which is now included within the ARRS. A limit of one WTE Advanced Practitioner will apply where the PCN’s patients number 99,999 or fewer, and a limit of two will apply where the PCN’s patients number 100,000 or over The Advanced Practitioner reimbursement is only applicable to the designated roles of Clinical Pharmacists, First Contact Physiotherapists, Dietitians, Podiatrists, Occupational Therapists and Paramedics.

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What are the benefits of employing Advanced Clinical Practitioners?

Advanced clinical practitioners have responsibilities that often exceed those of their professional peers and take a lead in the overall care and decision making in the care pathway analysis, using critical thinking skills and making judgments based on accrued knowledge and contemporary research. Advanced clinical practitioners will have the leadership, education and research training to make the clinical team deliver better, more responsive care for patients and the population. They have advanced training in clinical techniques and are often able to step in to deliver treatments and advice that were previously the domain of particular professionals, such as prescribing.Supported E-Portfolio Route

The Supported e-Portfolio Route will provide an alternative route to do this by mapping your experience, knowledge and skills to the Multi-professional framework using the Centre’s e-Portfolio Route.

The process includes an initial online application stage where you will be asked to identify how closely you currently map to the Multi-professional framework; if you meet the eligibility criteria, you will then be allocated to an education provider (a university), and you will subsequently complete a Learning Needs Analysis and the e-Portfolio itself. If the education provider identifies that additional learning is necessary, and this can be completed within a reasonable time frame, then this will be undertaken in conjunction with the education provider.

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