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ACNS Education and Programmes

Transforming roles paper 8 sets the educational requirement to be an Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist as a minimum of Post Graduate Diploma. 

As this is a recent publication, NHSGGC and the Higher Education Institutions are collaborating to create pathways for ACNS that meet both the academic requirements and the bespoke in-depth clinical learning required of an ACNS. 

It is envisaged that many of the generalist components of ANP education will also be essential for the ACNS:

• Clinical assessment;

• Clinical reasoning, judgement and diagnostic decision making;

• Anatomy and pathophysiology;

• Non medical prescribing;

• Leading, delivering and evaluating care;

As the number of advanced specialists in each field will be relatively small, it is expected that specialist component of ACNS education may come from practice learning/transferable work based learning. Under this model, the HEI works with NHSGGC and the specialist clinical teams to devise learning contracts, and deliver bespoke learning and assessment, to highly specialist trainee ACNS.


For other specialists, there may be 'off the shelf' existing specialist education, such as the long running endoscopy module at Glasgow Caledonian University (Module details | Glasgow Caledonian University | Scotland, UK ( while other specialist modules are likely to be created when the number of trainees requiring a specialist skill warrants a specialist programme, such as the new Glasgow Caledonian University / NHS Education for Scotland Post Graduate Diploma in Non- Medical Cystoscopy

Module details | Glasgow Caledonian University | Scotland, UK (

Non-medical cystoscopy | Turas | Learn (

We will update this page over the coming months as things develop. 

Last Updated: 03 November 2021