Developing advanced practice roles

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A national competency framework for advanced clinical practice has been developed by Health Education England (HEE) which draws on existing practice to provide a common, multi-professional definition for the role.

The multi-professional framework was developed to ensure there is consistency about what advanced level practice is, and includes the requirements for entry into the role and a recommended standard of education.

To find out more about the role and what advanced clinical practitioners can do to support your multi-disciplinary teams visit our advanced clinical practice pages.

More information on the framework and a range of case studies focusing on advanced clinical practitioners can be found on the HEE website.

There is now a level seven (master's level) apprenticeship in advanced clinical practice, which takes up to three years to complete and can be funded through the apprenticeship levy. Visit Skills for Health for further information.

Nurse consultants

As referenced in The Nuffield Trust Report Reshaping the workforce to deliver the care patients need, the development of nurse consultants can improve patient outcomes, strengthen leadership and provide a clinical career path for senior and experienced nurses. To download a copy of the report visit the Nuffield Trust website.

Higher specialist scientist training

Higher specialist scientist training can be used to train and develop senior consultant clinical scientists who can lead the development of: new research, technology and practice, to deliver quality improvement, innovation and world-class outcomes for patients. Guidance for employers that includes high-level detailed definitions and descriptors for the roles, and examples of the jobs undertaken in these roles is available on our consultant clinical guidance web page.

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