A report has been published regarding the work undertaken on behalf of the HCPC to review whether to provide additional regulation of Advanced Practice for its registrants. The conclusion drawn is “there is no clear evidence, based on the findings of this research, that additional regulation of advanced level practice is needed, or desired, to protect the public”. This is despite the research revealing that 78.2% of participants believed that the HCPC should regulate ACP.
This month I have been reflecting on the various activities and conversations that happened in the ‘Advanced Practice Week’ that occurred between the 9th-13th November. This includes credentialing, confusion, communication, collaboration and country lanes.
Have bureaucratic blockages been removed to allow ACP to be implemented effectively?
There has been a long history of calls for definitions of, and agreement on, what it means to be an Advanced Clinical Practitioner. Several notable ones have emerged such as the statement of NHS employers which references the Multi-Professional Framework for ACP in England or the International Council of Nursing’s Advanced Practitioner Nursing Network definitionContinue reading “Advanced Clinical Practice- Map Finding”
The Multi-Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England has set out an agreed definition and scope of ACP for the first time. It has done this, at least in part, by looking at what is already happening. This highlights that ACP, in its various guises, is not new and there are people currently working in ACP roles without formal recognition. So will previous experience count now that we are moving toward standardised routes of recognition for ACP? The answer is likely to be…well it depends!
There is lots of money being spent on ACP training and education and yet finding funding continues to be complex and inconsistent.
Should ACP training be focussed on providing credentials to specialist areas of clinical practice or should ACP education be concentrated on advancing levels of practice general knowledge and skills?
What are the benefits of ACP training & education and what evidence do we have that it is worth it?