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Crossing boundaries: the role of the advanced nurse practitioner in an integrated specialist palliative care service in Scotland.

Kennedy, Catriona; Gray Brunton, Carol; Black, Patricia; Campbell, Karen; Nicol, Jackie


Catriona Kennedy

Patricia Black

Jackie Nicol


Following international trends, increasing adoption of Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs) have occurred in the United Kingdom (UK) in the face of economic drives towards cost-effectiveness and changes to the regulation of workforce such as junior doctors. However, a range of titles exist and these remain unregulated in the UK. Within a palliative care context, the challenges facing healthcare contexts are well known including elderly population demographics, rising incidences of complex and co-morbid conditions with increasing demands and complex service needs. There is limited research evidence exploring the role of the ANP in a palliative care context. Two ANPs were recently introduced to an integrated specialist palliative care context in NHS Tayside. Through funding from Macmillan Cancer Support Services, an external evaluation was commissioned and undertaken by Edinburgh Napier in order to evaluate the innovative role of the ANP in a palliative care context.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name European Cancer Congress ECCO
Start Date Sep 22, 2011
End Date Sep 28, 2011
Publication Date 2011
Deposit Date Aug 8, 2012
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Advanced Nurse Practitioners; palliative care;
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