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10.2. Links and Resources for Advanced Practitioners

Introduction

SCoR has defined an advanced practitioner as ‘an individual who has significantly developed their role and who consequently has additional clinical expertise in a defined area of practice, accompanied by deep underpinning, evidence based knowledge related to that expertise. They make appropriate clinical decisions related to their enhanced level of practice, directly impacting on the patient care pathway.’
Education and Professional Development Strategy: New Directions SCoR 2010.

Advanced practitioners work in diverse areas of professional practice and achieving the outcomes for advanced practice will depend on where and how you are working. You will need to identify your personal and professional development needs as appropriate. The resources and links on this page may be useful. 

SCoR links:

Website page for Advanced Practitioners
https://www.sor.org/career-progression/advanced-practitioners

Accreditation of Advanced Practitioners
The Society of Radiographers (SoR) has established accreditation of advanced practitioners 
http://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/education-and-professional-...

Policy and Guidance Document Library
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library contains a variety of relevant documents, the most relevant of which are:

Education and Professional Development Strategy: New Directions
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/education-and-professional-development-strategy-new-directions/advanced-practitioner#top

Code of Conduct and Ethics
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/code-conduct-and-ethics

The Scope of Practice 2009
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/scope-practice-2009

Clinical Supervision Framework
http://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/listtitles/title/supervision?sort_by=field_date_published_value&title=clinical+supervision+framework&taxonomy_topics_tid=All&field_archive_value=0&=Apply

Education and training opportunities:

Post-registration courses
https://www.sor.org/learning/post-registration-courses

Short courses and study days
https://www.sor.org/short-courses-study-days

CPD Now
https://www.sor.org/learning/cpd/cpd-now

e-learning including CORe-learning and  e-learning for healthcare
https://www.sor.org/learning/e-learning

Advanced practice specialisms

The publications on the Policy and Guidance document library are tagged according to their content and advanced practitioners in specialist clinical areas can find relevant documents by selecting the appropriate topic on the search tool. Topics include mammography, nuclear medicine, radiation protection, reporting, ultrasound.

For example, click here to access a list of ultrasound related documents in the policy and guidance document library
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library?sort_by=field_date_published_value&title=&taxonomy_topics_tid=550&field_archive_value=0

If you are an independent practitioner see Professional Standards for Independent Practitioners https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/professional-standards-independent-practitioners

Information on clinical specialisms can be found on the following website: https://www.sor.org/practice

Pages exist for radiotherapy, x-ray radiation protection, ultrasound, cross-sectional imaging, nuclear medicine and reporting. Hot topics include clinical specialisms that are currently undergoing considerable change; information management and technology and children.

There are various groups and networks in specialist areas and information is given here: https://www.sor.org/practice/other-groups

Other links:

Department of Health (England)
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/index.htm

Health in Wales
http://www.wales.nhs.uk/

NHS Scotland
http://www.show.scot.nhs.uk/

Delivering Care, Enabling Health: Harnessing the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions' Contribution to Implementing Delivering for Health in Scotland (2006).
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2006/10/23103937/0

Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland
http://www.hscni.net/

Knowledge and Skills Framework

The NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (NHS KSF) and the Development Review Process (October 2004)
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130107105354/http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_4090843

Simplified KSF
http://www.nhsemployers.org/PayAndContracts/AgendaForChange/KSF/Simplified-KSF/Pages/SimplifiedKSF.aspx

NHS Employers
http://www.nhsemployers.org/Pages/home.aspx

Skills for Health
http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/

Advanced Practice in Radiography and Radiation Therapy: Report from the Inter-Professional Advisory Team
https://www.sor.org/news/document-sets-tone-advanced-practice-australia

Delivering Care, Enabling Health: Harnessing the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions' Contribution to Implementing Delivering for Health in Scotland
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2006/10/23103937/0

NHS Education for Scotland Post-Registration Career Development Framework (2012) for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals
http://www.careerframework.nes.scot.nhs.uk/using-the-framework/getting-started.aspx

Advanced Practitioner Level 7 on NES Career Framework
http://www.careerframework.nes.scot.nhs.uk/career-framework.aspx?levelGroup=1123

(All links accessed Nov 2012)

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