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Advancing Care Advancing Practice (ACAP) Scotland is an established forum with the purpose of facilitating an arena for discussion, enabling sharing of best practice, providing educational opportunities, and importantly providing links between advanced practitioners and major stakeholders.

Currently the members of the group provide representation from 12 NHS health boards in Scotland;

Ayrshire & Arran              Borders              Forth Valley

Grampian                          Highland            Lanarkshire

Lothian                              Orkney               Shetland

Dumfries & Galloway      Fife                     Greater Glagow & Clyde

ACAP also benefits from representation from the Private sector and Higher Education Institutes.

Having group representatives from such a wide geographical area can facilitate the development of sub-groups that will network within their own and additional surrounding areas. In so doing this will target as many advanced practitioners as possible.


* The advancement of education pertaining to advanced practice throughout Scotland.

* The improvement of patients health through education, promoting patient safety and quality of care.

* To provide a platform for sharing and dissemination of evidenced based practice amongst advanced nurse practitioners.

* Initiate an arena for networking amongst advanced nurse practitioners, sharing of knowledge, skills and best practice.

* To organise annual educational conferences/professional development events.

* To issue a tri-annual journal to its members containing evidence based practice and articles pertaining to national guidelines.

* To provide an opportunity for service development and education.

Recent Posts

  • Managing Surgical Crisis: Non Technical Skills Course 24/10/16

    Dear Colleagues, Please find attached, a flier for Managing Surgical Crisis: Non Technical Skills. This event is to be held on Monday 24th October 2016,  08:45 – 17:00  in The Cuschieri Skills Centre, Level 5, Ninewells Hospital Dundee. To register please visit  https://cuschieri.dundee.ac.uk/courses/general-surgery/managing-surgical-crisis-non-technical-skills/mon-10242016-0845 Regards CS MEN Team Clinical Skills Managed Educational Network NHS Education for…

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  • Providing a navigable route for acute medicine nurses to advance their practice: a framework of ascending levels of practice

    Acute Med. 2016;15(2):98-103. Lees-Deutsch L1, Christian J2, Setchfield I3. Abstract This article conveys concerns raised by delegates at the International SAM Conference (Manchester, 2015) regarding how to advance nursing practice in acute medicine. It endeavors to capture the essence of ‘how to advance practice‘ and ‘how to integrate advanced practice‘ within the workforce structures of…

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  • How the Brexit decision might affect healthcare…

    Peter Russell June 24, 2016 LONDON — The world is reeling from the United Kingdom’s (UK) historic vote on Thursday to leave the European Union (EU). The ramifications will be felt in all aspects of life, from economic, to travel and immigration, to national security, and not the least, to health. The future of the UK’s National…

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  • Management of Sepsis

    Introduction: The following is a scenario based learning discussion on the management of sepsis. This article was submitted to ACAP by: Dr Paul Robertson, MRCP MD Specialty Doctor in Microbiology, Monklands District General Hospital, Monkscourt Avenue, Airdrie, ML6 0JS   A call to assess a febrile in-patient is a common scenario for junior medical staff…

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  • Liability and Consent– Julie Smith & Elaine Headley

    Liability and Consent Julie Smith & Elaine Headley Introduction Discussing the legal and ethical issues that surround Advanced Nurse Practitioners can only increase awareness and improve the need to question and demand clarification of all areas that create situations of ambiguity and uncertainty. This is crucial to facilitate continued development in advanced nursing and ensure…

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