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Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Advanced Nurse Practitioners are educated at Masters Level in clinical practice and have been assessed as competent in practice using their expert clinical knowledge and skills. They have the freedom and authority to act, making autonomous decisions in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients.

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.


Entry requirements –

You will have already completed a nursing degree, either full time undergraduate or a 18 month top up nursing degree apprenticeship and have been working in general practice covering 4 key areas (adult, child, learning disability and mental health). You will need to be independent prescriber and may have completed CPD training or specialised in a particular area. You will then be able to apply for a masters in clinical practice.


Career progression –

You could specialise in health promotion, chronic disease management, diabetes or asthma care.
You could also move into management, teaching or research.

Advanced Nurse Practitioners in General Practice Download pdf (256.45 KB)


What skills do you need?

  • Independent prescribing capabilities
  • Be working at an advanced level of practice
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • knowledge of psychology
  • the ability to work well under pressure
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • basic knowledge of using a computer