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Applying national standards to advanced clinical practice

Regional academies for advanced clinical practitioner roles in Scotland are striving to improve consistency
Picture shows Ian Hall, an advanced nurse practitioner at NHS Orkney, in his car at an island harbour. Regional academies for advanced care practitioner roles in Scotland are striving to improve consistency. Picture: QNIS

Regional academies for advanced clinical practitioner roles in Scotland are striving to improve consistency in remote and rural areas

  • Lone practitioners need autonomy and broad skill sets
  • Academies focus on academic and clinical competence and inter-professional collaboration
  • Scottish academies developing in parallel to NHS England’s Advanced Practice Academy

Political and healthcare leaders have stressed over the past five years the need to develop advanced clinical practitioner (ACP) roles.

To develop ACP roles there is a need for consistent standards in education and clinical competence in practice to ensure that patients receive the right quality of clinical care.

And to attain this consistency, three regional advanced practice academies have been set up to cover the north, west and east of Scotland.

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