Advanced Practice Nursing in the United Kingdom

  • Melanie RogersEmail author
  • Annabella Gloster
Part of the Advanced Practice in Nursing book series (APN)


The United Kingdom is comprised of four countries, England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, with each country having a devolved government responsible for developing their own policies including health policy. Advanced practice nursing has evolved in response to the country-specific needs. An overview of the development of advanced practice in each country is provided in this chapter, with a summary of the successes and challenges during this period. Currently, title protection and regulation are not standardized within the UK. However, many changes are evident including the creation of Academies of Advanced Practice in England and Scotland to accredit those working at an advanced level. In England, this includes allied health professionals, not just nurses. Case examples of advanced practice nurses who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and pioneering work in the UK are presented in this chapter.


Advanced practice nursing Nurse practitioner Advanced practice Advanced clinical practitioner United Kingdom Regulation Education 




Advanced Practice Nurse


Advanced Practice


Advanced Clinical Practitioner


Allied Health Professional


Advanced Nurse Practitioner


Clinical Nurse Specialist


Health Education England


Nurse Practitioner


Royal College of Nursing


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Human and HealthUniversity of Huddersfield/International Council of Nursing Advanced Practice NurseHuddersfieldUK
  2. 2.Advanced PracticeUniversity of SalfordSalfordUK

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