Assistant practitioner scoping project – Royal College of Nursing – 10 May 2011

Posted on May 20, 2011. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

Assistant practitioner scoping project – Royal College of Nursing – 10 May 2011

“The Royal College of Nursing has published a report of its findings following a scoping exercise of the assistant practitioner (AP) workforce. The project aimed to provide an accurate picture of this growing part of the nursing team and inform the RCN about the development needs of APs. It showed that regulation continues to be a key issue for APs, nursing colleagues, employers and patients.

Tanis Hand, the RCN’s Adviser for health care assistants and assistant practitioners, said: “Our research has shown that a lack of regulation has resulted in little control over entry to employment and little standardisation of roles, competencies and education. Regulation is a key factor in public protection and considered by APs and their colleagues to be essential to the safe development of their role.”

The report analyses the demographics of the AP workforce and the range of job titles and descriptions related to the role. It explores the educational systems used to train APs and the career pathways into and beyond the role, concluding that the apparent growth in the numbers of APs across the UK has been shown to offer a range of benefits to both staff and patients.”

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