Advanced clinical practice (ACP) roles evolved to fill gaps in healthcare provision and improve consistency in standards of care. Historically, variance in service specific requirements, combined with inconsistent approaches to role governance and education, resulted in a multitude of ACP roles and remits. Definitions of roles and titles vary, but there is agreement on academic level and role competency assessment. Irrespective of these definitions, staff and services need support to operationalise guidance.
In Scotland, development of advanced practice roles is supported through regional NHS Advanced Practice Academies. One Scottish Board has initiated a local board level advanced care academy to fulfil the three key components of advanced practitioner development: master’s level theoretical knowledge, effective supervision and robust clinical competency assessment in practice. This development model, known as the ‘triangle of capability’, has allowed rapid progress with the advanced practice agenda, which is a central component of sustainable healthcare provision.
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Kindness K, Gray H, Moggach A et al (2019) Establishing an advanced care academy and its role in advanced practitioner development. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2019.e1856
Published online: 28 August 2019
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