Advanced Practice is a 'level of practice', rather than a specific role or title (SGHD 2008). Advanced practitioners are defined in the Career Framework for Health as:-
"Experienced clinical practitoners with high level of skill and theoretical knowledge. Will make high level clinical decisions and manage own workload. Non Clinical staff will typically be managing a number of service areas" (Scottish Government 2009)
Advanced practitioners tend to be working across four overlapping themes:
There themes are underpinned by Autonomous Practice, Critical Thinking, High Levels of Decision Making and Problem Solving, Values-Based care and Improving Practice (SGHD 2008).
The recent document from the Chief Nursing Officer’s Directorate, Scottish Government on Supporting the Development of Advanced Nursing Practice (SGHD 2008) has demonstrated that the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) descriptors for level 11 (Masters level) are particularly characteristic of Advanced Practice.
Whilst it is widely recognised that there are many practitioners operating at a high level of practice without masters level qualifications the future direction of travel is clear.
Further information on Advanced Practice can be found at:- www.advancedpractice.scot.nhs.uk
For information on frequently asked questions about Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning download the leaflet from the WoS Advanced Practice Working Group and the universities of Glasgow, Stirling, West of Scotland and Glasgow Caledonian here
NHSGGC Practice Development
The Specialist and Advanced Practice theme within Practice Development aims to support the development of both the Specialist and Advanced levels of practice. Current work includes:-