Advanced Practice in Healthcare outlines the key components of advanced practice in which healthcare professionals are engaged. With a clear skills focus, it explores issues critical to providing effective enhanced care to patients whilst managing and negotiating the complexities of the healthcare delivery system.

Perspectives on advanced practice are illuminated throughout the text and are designed to promote the formation of new thinking in relation to practice, education and research. The text is comprised of three sections that address different aspects of advanced practice and these in turn:

  • Provide guidance on the development of clinical skills, including consultation, clinical decision making, holistic care, and the role of care planning in advanced practice.
  • Explain management skills and how to manage, negotiate and monitor the complexities of the healthcare system in order to ensure the delivery of quality patient care.
  • Clarify the professional role of the advanced practice clinician and how implementation of the role can improve the delivery of patient care.

In each chapter activities are presented that assist in the development, implementation and extension of advanced level practice. This text is especially relevant to nurses, midwives and allied health professionals practising within primary and secondary care who wish to advance their practice or clarify their roles within the context of advanced practice, particularly those undertaking masters level study.

Introduction to Advanced Level Practice  Section I: Clinical Skills  1. Clinical Decision Making  2. Consultation Skills  3. Planning Care Including Non-medical Prescribing Section II: Management  4. Management for the Advanced Practitioner: contextualising management and its theory  5. The Effective Manager: Management Skills for the Advanced Practitioner  6. Managing, Negotiating and Monitoring the Healthcare System Section III: Leadership – The Professional Role  7. Professionalisation  8. Clinical Effectiveness  9. Influencing Others