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Role Definitions

Roles and titles remain ambiguous and unregulated but as a professional group we anticipate this will change soon.

ADVANCED PRACTITIONERS
APs are usually nursing graduates with considerable post registration experience and must be educated to Masters level and be Independent Prescribers to use this title. Typically APs will see undifferentiated clinical presentations and diagnose disease through comprehensive history taking, physical exams, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests. They can make referrals and provide appropriate treatment for the patients including prescribing completely independently. They can serve as a patient’s primary health care provider, and see patients of all ages depending on their speciality. APs are increasingly being employed to fill for GP shortages. They assess, diagnose & prescribe independently and are usually employed at the top AFC Band 7 or 8 (£40-£55k pa). In some regions and via Agency locums they can be paid considerably more.

NURSE PRACTITIONERS
Nurse Practitioners (e.g. NPs, PNs with extended roles, ENPs) also have considerable experience with appropriate clinical training, however academic pre-requisites are generally not stipulated. They will frequently pre-triage their patients, work within protocols and may see a more limited range of presentations. They can still assess, diagnose, refer and prescribe.  They may prescribe independently or may require Patient Group Directives (PGDs).  They usually employed at AFC Band 6 or 7 (£30-£40k). In some regions and via Agency locums they can be paid more.