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Collected learning resources and training to support advanced practitioners.


Welcome to the NHS Education for Scotland Multiprofessional Advanced Practice (AP) Toolkit.

Watch this short welcome video from Jane Harris, Head of Programme, Workforce Education and Career Development Team, NHS Education for Scotland.  

A transcript of the video can be found here 


The Advanced Practice Toolkit is a repository for credible and supportive resources and information on issues relating to advanced practice within NHS Scotland. This toolkit can be used by anyone working in or aspiring to work in advanced practice. Practitioners,  educators and managers will find this a useful resource that provides easy to access relevant information and links in one place.

The toolkit aims to facilitate the professional development of advanced practitioners and provides easy to navigate links to useful information across four pillars of practice.

In this section you will find:

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Toolkit Overview
  • Site navigation
  • What’s New
  • Quick links
  • Advanced Practice Toolkit Editorial Board and Advanced Practice User Forum information
  • Advanced Practice Academies
  • Feedback
  • Advanced Practice Academies
  • Feedback
Advanced Practice Toolkit Overview

Advanced practice is a level of practice that incorporates the four pillars of practice. The four pillars of practice originated from work undertaken by Kim Manley in 1997. (Reference: Manley, K. (1997) A conceptual framework for advanced practice: an action research project operationalizing an advanced practitioner/nurse consultant role Journal of Clinical Nursing; 6:3, 179-190).

The pillars were articulated in the advanced practice toolkit which was developed in 2008 as a Scottish education resource. The toolkit was seen as relevant UK wide and consequently endorsed by Chief Nursing Officers across the UK. Exact terminology regards the pillars varies slightly across the UK.

This toolkit uses the four pillars of practice to organise information and resources that are relevant to advanced practice.


The four pillars are:

  • Clinical Practice – knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to provide high quality healthcare that is safe, effective and person centred.
  • Facilitating Learning – knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to enable effective learning in the workplace.
  • Leadership – knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to lead and to fulfil management responsibilities.
  • Evidence, Research and Development – knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to use evidence to inform practice and improve services.


Within the pharmacy profession the pillars are described differently with the clinical pillar divided into two domains


  • Person-centred care and Collaboration
  • Professional Practice. 


Overall, the fundamental principles and values are consistent across the professions. 

Site Navigation


To help you navigate the site please watch this short video guide.

Toolkit User Pathway


To individualise your experience try using our toolkit user pathway. All you need to do is answer a few questions and you will be sent a list of sections/resources that you might find helpful.

Watch this video to see how it works.

What's New
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In this section we will keep you up to date on what is new for advanced practice and anything we have added to the site. This will be updated on a quarterly basis.

May 2024

Funding applications for the Multidisciplinary Rural Advanced Practice (RAP) MSc Programme 2024 are now open and close on 31 May 2024. 

Applicants should be currently employed within a rural community team/ primary care (this might include those who cover community hospitals, as well as Primary Care) practice, providing healthcare services within NHS Scotland.

The prerequisite to apply for a NES funded place is that practitioners will have already completed Clinical Assessment and Non-Medical Prescribing Modules (these may be held at either SCQF level 9 or 11, which will enable entry into year 2 of the programme. Practitioners may exit the programme after year 2 with a Diploma in RAP or may choose to continue into year 3 and complete the full MSc RAP Programme.

Please note, only if places and funding allow, we may support some learners with NMP and Clinical Assessment.

To apply for the MSc in Rural Advanced Practice, you will require to meet the University of Highland & Islands admissions criteria.

Please contact the programme lead: Dr Clare Carolan at for further information.

To apply for funding from NES please click on this link to complete the questionnaire.

April 2024

Advanced Practice Review

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have completed their review and have approved: 

  • developing standards of proficiency for advanced level practice (and associated programme standards),
  • adopting a collaborative approach to develop a UK-wide advanced practice principles framework incorporating a shared position or definition of advanced level practice,
  • ensuring that advanced level practice requirements are included in the wider review of revalidation and the Code scheduled for 2025/26.

For more information, please go to the NMC website


New to the toolkit

We now have a navigation tool and learner pathway live on the landing page. We are also adding a range advanced practitioner case studies and recordings to the site like in the prescribing section.

Previous updates and information is available by month here 

Quick Links

The quick links below will take you to the relevant section of the advanced practice toolkit.

Please note that some of these pages are still in development and may not be accessible yet.

Advanced Practice Toolkit Editorial Board and Advanced Practice User Forum Information
Editorial Board and User Forum

Editorial Board

The role of the editorial board is to provide governance, expert advice, and subject matter expertise to refine, develop and maintain the quality of the advanced practice toolkit. The toolkit content has been reviewed by the editorial board and has gone through a process to ensure information is appropriate, relevant and of high quality for advanced practitioners working in Scotland. . Advanced practice will continually evolve, as consensus forms and as there is greater clarity the toolkit will continue to be updated.

The editorial board meets on a quarterly basis. 

User Forum

The advanced practice user forum is represented by advanced practitioners and educators across a range of professional backgrounds who:

  • Provide advice and guidance on the user experience.   
  • Review and provide feedback on the toolkit content.
  • Support any testing and development of new content and resources for the toolkit.
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If you would like further information about the Editorial Board or the Advanced Practice User Forum please contact the mail box:

Advanced Practice Academies

Advanced Practice Academies

The Advanced Practice Academies are a multi-disciplinary body that unites NHS Boards and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across Scotland to support the professional development of advanced practice roles within healthcare professions and disciplines.

For more information follow this link.

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We are interested to find out if there is anything we can do to improve the toolkit.

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