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The development of advanced clinical practice roles in the UK

14 January 2021
Volume 30 · Issue 1

The evolution of advanced clinical practice roles within the UK began in the 1980s (Leary and MacLaine, 2019) and has continued to develop in various forms internationally since. The NHS Long Term Plan (NHS England and NHS Improvement, 2019) has been the most recent key driver for advanced clinical practice within England, along with a multiprofessional framework that outlines the capabilities expected of practitioners working at advanced level across the four key pillars of clinical practice: leadership, management, education and research (Health Education England (HEE), 2017). Both documents acknowledge that advanced clinical practitioners (ACPs) are central to transforming service delivery to meet dynamic local healthcare needs (HEE, 2017; NHS England and NHS Improvement, 2019), and as such there has been a large investment in the training and development of these roles.

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