Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs) are highly experienced and educated nurses who are able to assess, investigate, diagnose, and prescribe. Within NHS Forth Valley ANPs work across a wide variety of areas.
NHS Forth Valley has been training and employing ANPs for many years and works closely with Stirling University to prepare ANPs.
What is an ANP?
An Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) is an experienced and highly educated Registered Nurse who manages the complete clinical care for their patient, not solely any specific condition. Advanced practice is a level of practice, rather than a type of speciality of practice.
ANPs are educated at Masters Level in advanced practice and are assessed as competent in this level of practice. As a clinical leader they have the freedom and authority to act and accept the responsibility and accountability for those actions. This level of practice is characterised by high level autonomous decision-making, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment including prescribing, of patients with complex multi-dimensional problems. Decisions are made using high level expert, knowledge and skills. This includes the authority to refer, admit and discharge within appropriate clinical areas.
Working as part of the multidisciplinary team ANPs can work in or across all clinical settings, dependant on their area of expertise.