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Apprenticeship training course

Enhanced clinical practitioner (level 6)

Provide a high standard of health care using judgment, skills, and knowledge.

Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Dietitian (gastroenterology)
  • Educational audiologist
  • Enhanced dental technician
  • Mental health enhanced liaison practitioner
  • Physiologist (paediatric respiratory)
  • Registered nurse (critical care)
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Conduct systematic literature searches to source evidence to inform enhanced clinical practice.
  • Critically appraise evidence and use findings to plan and provide enhanced patient-centred clinical care.
  • Provide enhanced clinical care in line with professional registration, code of conduct and defined scope of practice, being responsible and accountable for own decisions, actions and omissions.
  • Select available tools, technologies and techniques needed to perform complex and holistic.
  • Assimilate, synthesise and apply complex information to promote and advocate best interests of others, upholding the principles of safeguarding and evidence-based practice.
  • Undertake holistic patient-centred assessments using available tools, technologies and techniques.
  • Analyse the data arising from the assessment process to inform clinical decision-making.
  • Identify, request and interpret specialist diagnostics within own scope of practice to inform the delivery and management of specialist care for patients and families.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate an enhanced care management plan which may include interventions and referral to other members of the multidisciplinary team or other agencies.
  • Prepare and support patients and families to manage their own health and care as independently as possible.
  • Interpret, assimilate and draw conclusions using diverse sources of information and evidence to inform clinical reasoning.
  • Direct others to sources of information and evidence, coaching and supporting them in applying information and evidence in complex clinical decision making.
  • Provide leadership within scope of own role and positive role-modelling for others in the multidisciplinary team.
  • Identify training and education needs of others in the workplace.
  • Plan and facilitate the delivery of practice-based education, training and assessment activities.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of training and education activities.
  • Use communication strategies suitable for a variety of situations including sensitive and distressing topics.
  • Use strategies to manage conflict and challenge.
  • Discuss complex information with patients, their families, the multi-disciplinary team and other agencies.
  • Challenge ineffective systems and processes and support others to identify the need for change within their area of enhanced clinical practice.
  • Contribute to quality improvement plans and strategies to support a culture of continuous quality improvement within area of enhanced clinical practice.
  • Participate in quality improvement activities, such as audit, service evaluations and research projects within area of enhanced clinical practice.
  • Reflect on own and others’ practice using clinical supervision processes.
  • Identify and act on evidence of unexpected change or patient deterioration within own scope of practice.
  • Manage self and others in unpredictable and complex environments, instigating clinical interventions where protocols may not be available.
  • Identify and manage risk to patient safety and others in an unpredictable and complex environment.
  • Counsel patients, family, carers and others to manage psychological well-being of self and others.
  • Contribute to efficient resource management within the workplace.
  • Plan, prioritise and deliver enhanced clinical care within a defined resource.
  • Contribute to the drafting of business cases or project proposals.
  • Provide mentorship, opportunity for peer-learning and constructive feedback to guide, support, motivate and develop others in the multidisciplinary team.
  • Contribute to the appraisal of individuals in the multidisciplinary team.

Full information on Enhanced clinical practitioner (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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