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Advanced clinical practitioner role offers senior nurses 'portability'

We should not view advanced practice as stealing from the nursing workforce to fill gaps in medical rotas

We should not view advanced practice as stealing from the nursing workforce to fill gaps in medical rotas

Advanced clinical practice has had a buzz around it. This started with the multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice released by Health Education England (HEE) in 2017 and continued challenges in workforce planning.

We must remember though, that advanced practice is not a new concept in the NHS. In emergency care we have had emergency nurse practitioners (ENPs) for decades. Similar concerns about blurred boundaries, clinical competence and taking senior nurses away from nursing were all muted way back then.

Emergency care's advanced clinical practitioner (ACP) role, backed by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) curriculum and credentialing, has sparked similar debate, but it is a fantastic option for senior nurses and paramedics. It enables senior staff members to continue in a

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