Research as part of the advanced clinical practitioner role
Advanced practice has been developing globally to respond to challenges in healthcare provision (Evans et al, 2020). Within the UK, the role of the advanced clinical practitioner (ACP) has developed to fill workforce shortages but also to address concerns about the quality, safety, and delivery of healthcare (Health Education England (HEE), 2017). This has created a cadre of professionals working independently to diagnose, manage and prescribe as part of patient care.
Within nursing, the four pillars of advanced practice—expert clinical practice, education, leadership, and research—were identified by Manley (1997). These are now incorporated in the Multi-Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England (HEE, 2017). Many ACPs working in the UK fulfil education and leadership requirements alongside clinical roles (Drennan et al, 2019). Research, however, is less well-established, with many ACPs lacking confidence in this pillar.
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