Advanced clinical practitioners come from a range of professional backgrounds such as nursing, pharmacy, paramedics and occupational therapy. They are healthcare professionals educated to Master’s level and have developed the skills and knowledge to allow them to take on expanded roles and scope of practice caring for patients.
A definition of ACP, its underpinning standards and governance, can be found in the Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England. The framework ensures there is national consistency in the level of practice across multi-professional roles that is clearly understood by the public, advanced clinical practitioners, their colleagues, education providers and employers.
Within Primary Care settings, the Roadmaps to Practice documents detail a clear educational pathway from undergraduate to advanced practice for First Contact Practitioners and Advanced Practitioners.
For More detail on the Roadmaps please click the Roadmaps to Practice box below.