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Advanced Nurse Practitioners in General Practice

Advanced Nurse Practitioners who work within General Practice and are not directly employed by NHSGGC but work within the Board area, are encouraged to join the Board held list of ANPs in General Practice. The benefits of joining this list are:

  • On-going access to specific ANP education and information

The process to join is exactly the same as for those who are Board employed, but with the following grandfathering arrangements for those employed before 2010 or between 2011 and 2017.

Advanced Nurse Practitioners in General Practice Guidance Document

Employed as an ANP prior to 2010

Expected to demonstrate that they:

  • meet all the appropriate competencies for their area of practice,
  • can evidence the formal learning undertaken relevant to the role which may have been below master’s level (commonly degree level modules)
  • provide evidence of recent workplace based assessments (within last 5 years)
  • provide satisfactory feedback from others (minimum of 4 within the last year)
  • provide a satisfactory supervision report
  • provide evidence of reflection and a broad range of patients seen
  • evidence continuing professional development

Employed as an ANP between 2011 and 2017

In addition to the above, ANPs employed between these years should demonstrate master’s level  learning. This could be done, for example, through having completed a module at master’s level.

Employed as an ANP after 2018

Expected to demonstrate that they meet all the appropriate competencies for their area of practice, a master’s level qualification in advanced practice, workplace based assessments, reflection, feedback from others, and a satisfactory final supervisors report (see Final Sign-off).

Recording General Practice ANPs

There are two stages to the process (see Recording ANPs).

                Stage 1: Involves the Post being recognised as an ANP post (please note that posts which utilise the Board’s generic ANP job description automatically meet this requirement)

                Stage 2: Final Sign-off (see Final Sign off)

A completed ‘Final Sign-off’ form and the poster-holder’s Job description should be submitted to the Consultant Nurse for Advanced Practice ([email protected]) . Following the moderation process the following will occur.

  • The individuals name, NMC number, NHS email address and place of work will be recorded on the Board held list of GP ANPs
  • The individual will receive written confirmation that their name has been recorded (a copy will be sent to their line manager and practice supervisor)
  • Access will be given to the NHSGGC ANP Continuing Professional Development Moodle site so that ANPs can be kept up-to-date with news and resources relevant to ANPs including West of Scotland Advanced Practice Academy CPD days
  • Annually the ANP will receive an email asking them for confirmation that they remain in their ANP post (a nil response will be taken to mean that the individual has left the post and their name will be removed from the list).
  • Annually, ANPs will be requested to submit an updated ‘share pack’ from their ePortfolio evidencing continuing professional development and reflection on practice to their line manager.


[1] Set out in Chief Nursing Officer’s Directorate (2017) Transforming Nursing, Midwifery and Health Professions’ (NMaHP) Roles: Paper 2 Advanced nursing practice. Edinburgh: Scottish Government

Last Updated: 11 May 2021