Nationwide evaluation of the advanced clinical practitioner role in England: a cross-sectional survey
Fothergill, Lauren; Al-Oraibi, Amani; Houdmont, Jonathan; Conway, Joy; Evans, Catrin; Timmons, Stephen; Pearce, Ruth; Blake, Holly
AMANI AL-ORAIBI Amani.Al-Oraibi1@nottingham.ac.uk
Dr JONATHAN HOUDMONT JONATHAN.HOUDMONT@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Dr CATRIN EVANS CATRIN.EVANS@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Evidence Based Healthcare
STEPHEN TIMMONS firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor of Health Services Management
HOLLY BLAKE email@example.com
Professor of Behavioural Medicine
Background and study objective:
In response to growing pressures on healthcare systems, the advanced clinical practice (ACP) role has been implemented widely in the UK and internationally. In England, ACP is a level of practice applicable across various healthcare professions, who exercise a level of autonomy across four domains, referred to as the four pillars of practice (education, leadership, research, and clinical practice). A National framework for advanced clinical practice was established in 2017 to ensure consistency across the ACP role, however current ACP governance, education and support is yet to be evaluated. This study aimed to analyse data from a national survey of the ACP role to inform the development and improvement of policies relating to ACP in the National Health Service (NHS) in England.
A cross-sectional survey with free-text comments.
The survey was distributed across primary and secondary levels of care to three distinct groups in England, including individual ACPs, NHS provider organisations and Trusts, and Primary care settings.
A total of 4365 surveys were returned, from ACP staff (n=4013), NHS provider organisations and Trusts (n=166) and primary care organisations (n=186).
Considerable variation was found in role titles, scope of practice, job descriptions and educational backgrounds of ACPs. Differing approaches to governance were noted, which led to inconsistent ACP frameworks in some organisations. A further challenge highlighted included committing time to work across the four pillars of advanced practice, particularly the research pillar. ACPs called for improvements in supervision and continuing professional development alongside further support in navigating career pathways.
A standardised approach may support ACP workforce development in England and enable ACPs to work across the four pillars of practice. Due to the wide uptake of advanced clinical practice roles internationally, this study has relevance across professions for global healthcare workforce transformation
Fothergill, L., Al-Oraibi, A., Houdmont, J., Conway, J., Evans, C., Timmons, S., …Blake, H. (2022). Nationwide evaluation of the advanced clinical practitioner role in England: a cross-sectional survey. BMJ Open, 12(1), Article e055475. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-055475
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Dec 15, 2021|
|Online Publication Date||Jan 5, 2022|
|Deposit Date||Dec 17, 2021|
|Publicly Available Date||Jan 5, 2022|
|Publisher||BMJ Publishing Group|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
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