A day in the life of an advanced clinical practitioner in older people’s care
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A day in the life of an advanced clinical practitioner in older people’s care

Neal Scott Aplin Advanced Clinical Practitioner, older person’s care, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Swindon, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To learn about the requirements for becoming an advanced clinical practitioner

  • To understand the day-to-day work of an advanced clinical practitioner

  • To recognise how advanced clinical practitioners fit within the current NHS workforce

Advanced clinical practitioners (ACPs) are master’s-level educated, experienced and competent nurses or allied healthcare professionals who practise a high degree of autonomy and undertake complex decision-making. This article offers a reflective account of advanced clinical practice in an older person’s unit specialising in rehabilitation and complex discharge planning. It illustrates how ACPs work autonomously with medical colleagues to provide patient-focused care, enhance the multidisciplinary team and provide safe, high-quality care. The article also describes various aspects of the role for nurses or allied healthcare professionals who might consider this career path.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2020.e1258

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

naplin@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Aplin NS (2020) A day in the life of an advanced clinical practitioner in older people’s care. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2020.e1258

Published online: 29 July 2020

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