An exploration of the role of Advanced Clinical Practitioners in the East of England

Hooks, Claire and Walker, Susan H. (2020) An exploration of the role of Advanced Clinical Practitioners in the East of England. British Journal of Nursing, 29 (15). ISSN 2052-2819

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2020.29.15.864

Abstract

Medical staff shortages in the UK have provided impetus for the introduction of advanced clinical practitioners (ACPs). This case study explored the views of 22 ACPs, managers and doctors in primary and acute settings in a region of England, to understand how the role is used, and barriers and facilitators to its success. ACP roles improved the quality of service provision, provided clinical career development and enhanced job satisfaction for staff and required autonomous clinical decision-making, with a high degree of self-awareness and individual accountability. Barriers included disparate pay-scales and funding, difficulty accessing continuing education and research, and lack of agreed role definition and title, due to a lack of standardised regulation and governance, and organisational barriers, including limited access to referral systems. Facilitators were supportive colleagues and opportunities for peer networking. Regulation of ACP roles is urgently needed, along with evaluation of the cost-effectiveness and patient experience of such roles.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Advanced Clinical Practice, Case study, Advanced nurse practitioner, Role, Barriers, Facilitators, Acute settings, Primary settings
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 20 May 2020 13:45
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:52
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/705550

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