This weeks chat will be hosted by Carol Rideout @carspring27 and Dr Stephanie Tempest @SetG75
My Journey thus far towards Advanced Clinical Practice
I am at the top of Band 6 working in an NHS community neuro rehab team, qualified since 1998 and based in the UK. My career journey thus far has been varied between acute and community settings, in Social Care and NHS. Despite working part-time and being a parent, I still have an innate drive towards my own personal and professional development. I have more recently started to question where can I go career wise and what career paths are open to me?
I became more aware of Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) last year and began asking colleagues and Managers if this may be a route which I could pursue. I was baffled to hear that this route was for Nurses and Physiotherapists mainly and not applicable to me working as an Occupational Therapist in community neuro.
This stimulated me to research and read and I have since discovered that in the UK there is a clear framework and definition for the ACP role and it turns out that this is well within the scope of our profession. I have since seen there are increasing ACP roles being advertised particularly in the NHS and have learnt that the ACP framework in the UK describes the level of practice required, to be able to prove clinicians are working at this level.
I am now in pursuit of an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice in the hope that this will enable me to progress in all four areas as described in the Career Development Framework. I appreciate this may not lead me directly into an ACP job role, however, it may equip me to be able to demonstrate in due course, to Health Education England, that I am able to work at an ACP level. This may lead to me being able to justify to my line managers why I can legitimately be called and recognised as an ACP. I do not expect that this will be an easy journey and would like to gain support from the OT community to generate ideas how we can push forward this ACP agenda, how we can encourage each other to progress and climb our profession into new heights.
- Please can you say hello and describe what setting you work in and your location.
- Can you describe / detail your interest in the ACP role thus far and your current level of practice?
- Can you describe how you have or how you might negotiate your way into an ACP role at work?
- Can you give any advice to someone who may want to progress into being an ACP?
- Let’s discuss what Occupational Therapists can bring to the ACP role?
Host: Dr Stephanie Tempest @SetG75
Support on OTalk account: Rachel Booth @otrach
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