Advanced clinical practitioners come from a range of professional backgrounds such as nursing, pharmacy, paramedics 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.
 
This level of practice is designed to transform and modernise pathways of care, enabling the safe and effective sharing of skills across traditional professional boundaries. 
 
Health Education England (2017) defines Advanced Clinical Practice as:
 
“Advanced practice is delivered by experienced, registered health and care practitioners. It is a level of practice characterised by a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making. This is underpinned by a master’s level award or equivalent that encompasses the four pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research, with demonstration of core capabilities and area specific clinical competence.”
 
An AP works at Agenda for Change band 8a or above
Requirements
To practice as an Advanced Practitioner an individual will be 
  • Educated to master’s degree level in relevant area of expertise; and
  • Have the capabilities of advanced clinical practice set out in section one of the  Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England.

Learning & Development opportunities

If you are interested in either advancing your practice or undertaking the full Advanced Practice pathway please contact Surrey Training Hub for further information. Below are links to partner universities detailing the requirements of the MSc AP pathway.