CAREER PROGRESSION/DEVELOPMENT: HOW TO BECOME AN ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONER IN THE UK

Advanced practice is a level of practice, rather than a type of practice. Advanced Nurse Practitioners are educated at Masters Level in clinical practice and have been assessed as competent in practice using their expert clinical knowledge and skills. They have the freedom and authority to act, making autonomous decisions in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients whilst prescribing medications independently.

CAREER PROGRESSION/DEVELOPMENT: HOW TO BECOME AN ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONER IN THE UK

written by Bukola/ published on 28/09/22

 So, some of my audience asked for tips on career progression/development. Most especially on: How To Become an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in the UK. So, here you go!

WHAT DOES ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONER MEANS?

Advanced Nurse Practitioners are Registered Nurses who have undergone extra training and has acquired academic qualifications (MSc) to be able to examine, assess, make diagnoses, treat, prescribe, and make referrals for patients who present with undiagnosed/undifferentiated problems.

They are trained specialist nurses who have undertaken additional education to provide advanced nursing care and prescribing. Nurse practitioners can provide treatment and advice for many problems for which you may have seen a doctor for in the past.

They work at a level of advanced clinical practice that pulls together the four pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education, and research.

 

WHAT BAND IS AN ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONER?

 The Health Education England has recommended that trainee Advanced Clinical/Nurse Practitioner posts are positioned at band 7, progressing to 8a and above (dependent on the scope of practice) on completion of a full master’s degree. On completion of MSc with experience, posts are positioned at Band 8a.

 WHAT DOES AN ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONER DO?

In addition to practicing their professional discipline  at an advanced level; they also assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate treatment/interventions and care for patients presenting with an undifferentiated diagnosis. Also, they are independent prescribers of medicines.

 

REGISTERED NURSES WORKING AT THIS ADVANCED LEVEL MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING STANDARDS. THEY MUST:

1). Have an active registration with the NMC

2). Practice within the four pillars of:

a).  Advanced clinical practice

b).  Leadership

c). Facilitation of education and learning

d). Evidence research and development.

3). Be an independent prescriber on the NMC Register

4). Meet NMC revalidation requirements

5). Demonstrate autonomous evidence

6). Have a Job Plan that demonstrates advanced nursing practice and has equity with peers working at this level.

7). Be educated to master’s level (180 level 7 Points (Scottish equivalent of level 11)).

THIS EDUCATION WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING CORE AREAS:

  • therapeutic nursing care
  • comprehensive physical assessment of all Body systems across the lifespan
  • history taking and clinical decision-making skills
  • health and disease, including physical, Sociological, psychological, and cultural Aspects
  • applied pharmacology and evidence-based prescribing leading to a Prescribing qualification.
  • management of patient care
  • public health, epidemiology, health Education and promotion
  • research and service development
  • organisational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • accountability – including legal and Ethical issues
  • quality assurance
  • political, social and economic influences on health care
  • pathophysiology and genomics
  • leadership skills

 

8). Show evidence of:

  • Having the freedom and authority to act autonomously and independently
  • Being innovative, highly skilled at assessing and managing risk and Consciously competent
  • Have the responsibility for decisions made and actions taken
  • Being holistic practitioners, able to address nursing as well as medical needs.

 . Having the ability to ‘see’ the whole Person, fuse biomedical science with the Art of caring, providing health promotion, advice, counselling, assessment, diagnosis, referral, treatment and Discharge.

 

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED IN SOME UNIVERSITIES INCLUDES:

A 2:2 BSc degree in a relevant subject.

Current professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

A current job contract in a clinical or clinically related area (Band 6 post) .

At least 2 years’ relevant post-registration clinical experience (3 before commencing V300 non-medical prescribing).

Each University has different requirement, please check the requirement of each university.

More information from the RCN on advanced Nursing practice can be found at Advanced practice standards | Royal College of Nursing (rcn.org.uk)