Advanced clinical practice in paediatric haematology and oncology: developing a capability document
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Advanced clinical practice in paediatric haematology and oncology: developing a capability document

Helen Woodman Advanced nurse practitioner, oncology, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, England
Sally Spencer Leukaemia advanced nurse practitioner, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To be aware of the existence of a capability document for advanced clinical practice in paediatric haematology and oncology

  • To learn about the process of developing a capability document for advanced clinical practice

  • To clarify the difference between competence and capability in the context of advanced clinical practice

Specialist roles have been developed to provide holistic care to children and young people with cancer, one of which is the advanced clinical practitioner (ACP) in paediatric oncology and haematology. A survey showed that paediatric oncology and haematology ACPs in the UK work in a wide variety of roles and that their numbers vary greatly between treatment centres. The survey also confirmed the need for a national standardised framework delineating the knowledge, skills and expertise required of ACPs working in paediatric oncology and haematology.

This article describes the development of a capability document to support and standardise advanced practice in paediatric oncology and haematology. The document reflects the advanced level of critical thinking, autonomy and decision-making required of ACPs and has been endorsed by the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group and by the Royal College of Nursing. It is hoped that it will support ACPs to consistently deliver high-quality, safe care for the benefit of children and young people with cancer and their families.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2022.e1434

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

helen.woodman@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Woodman H, Spencer S (2022) Advanced clinical practice in paediatric haematology and oncology: developing a capability document. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2022.e1434

Published online: 25 July 2022

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