Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP)

Advanced Clinical Practice Survey 

HEE is developing routes to support and significantly increase the numbers of suitably experienced individuals to be recognised as educated to the level of an Advanced Practitioner and be eligible for inclusion on HEE’s Advanced Practice Directory.
 
This will provide an opportunity to look at appropriate educational development opportunities to support you to be recognised by the Centre for Advancing Practice. Including:
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Supported e-portfolio route​

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This will help HEE to understand the current primary care workforce who is identified as an advanced practitioner and how your experience and qualification/s meet with the multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice for England.

It provides opportunity for patients to receive timely care and negate unnecessarily delay in receiving treatment, especially with the growing shortage of GPs in primary care.

Lead new practice and service redesign solutions in response to feedback, evaluation and need, working across boundaries and broadening sphere of influence.

Continually develop practice in response to changing population health need, engaging in horizon scanning for future developments (e.g., impacts of genomics, new treatments and changing social challenges).

ACP within primary care enhances the effectiveness service delivery by enabling the practice to offer the right care, to the right patient at the right time.

ACPs in the primary care can develop close, long-term relationships with their patients and work in partnership with them to achieve optimum health.

ACP in Primary Care

Consider in your practice how training your own ACP could:

  • Improve access to care delivery.
  • Offer a sustainable solution to some of your succession planning.
  • Consider what outcomes you would like to achieve for your practice. For more information or support, email [email protected].
  • To submit your expression of interest fill out this form.

Benefits to your practice could include:

  • Embed a culture of learning and development
  • Improve retention and resilience
  • Enhance the skill mix within the practice
  • Enhance the multi-professional team and help to provide safe, accessible and high-quality care for patients
  • Form part of a sustainable business model
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ACP Explained

Advanced clinical practitioners (ACP) come from a range of professional backgrounds such as nursing, pharmacy, paramedics’ physiotherapy, 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.

The ACP role within general practice will vary according to patient needs and the discipline of the registered practitioner. Advanced clinical practice embodies the ability to manage complex clinical care autonomously, managing both acute and chronic undifferentiated diagnosis. This may mean that those working in advanced clinical practice might operate outside traditional service delivery boundaries and potentially, traditional professional boundaries.

The educational requirement to become an ACP is typically completion of a 2-year master’s level programme, that encompasses the four pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education, and research. On completion you will have demonstrated core capabilities, area specific clinical competence and non-medical prescribing (if not already completed). 

The programme will require the practice to support you by releasing you from practice to attend the designated sessions, allocating you a clinical supervisor, allocating protected time for learning in practice. You will need to evidence that you have completed studies at level 6 / 7 within the last 5 years.

Familiarise yourself with the Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in the ACP Framework document here here.

What investment will I need to make?

  1. Release your trainee to attend the university face to face taught sessions
  2. Allocate protected learning time in practice
  3. Provide clinical mentorship and support to the trainee

Training ACP within your practice should be considered as a viable option for sustainable workforce planning to deliver care that meets your population needs.

Growing your own workforce allows the development of specifically trained and skilled primary care clinicians. It provides opportunity for patients to receive timely care and negate unnecessarily delay in receiving treatment, especially with the growing shortage of GPs in primary care. ACP within primary care enhance the effectiveness service delivery by enabling the practice to offer the right care, to the right patient at the right time.