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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

  • It’s only water, but it makes a difference

    I work as an Associate Nurse Director for advanced practice within NHS Ayrshire and Arran. As far as I’m aware, it’s the only post of this type within NHS Scotland (if someone out there knows different, I’d be delighted to hear from you). Advanced practice is “big business” in our healthboard.  Service change, reduction in…

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  • The Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Issue 10

    Dear all, Issue 10 of TANP is finally ready. It has taken us a little longer than anticipated to put the latest issue together. This issue will give you details about  the next ACAP conference day, please make sure you don’t miss out & book your place early.  Regards The ACAP committee www.acapscotland.org Reg charity…

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  • Advanced Practitioner

    Click on the link below to download the latest or past issues of Advanced Practitioner. ACAP – Issue 11 (November 2014) ACAP – Issue 10 (June 2014) ACAP – Issue 9 (November 2013) ACAP – Issue 8 (July 2013) ACAP – Issue 7 (March 2013) ACAP – Issue 6 (August 2012) ACAP – Issue 5…

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  • Influencing change

    Introduction. This article will discuss how an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) influenced organizational change within an established structure in primary care. This ultimately led to better outcomes for patient care, subsequently allowing more consultation time for the doctors. Additionally this change facilitated both empowerment and utilization of the practitioner’s skills and knowledge. This was achieved…

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  • Emotional Intelligence

    Understanding Emotional Intelligence in Relationship to Leadership   Elaine Headley Senior charge Nurse HECT NHSLanarkshire Introduction.   What makes a good leader? Is there a simple uncomplicated answer to that small question? In all probability that is unlikely. Finding a definition that would describe this concept has never been agreed (Swansburg & Swansburg 2002). In…

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  • Liability and Consent

    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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