Degree to be required for advanced practitioners in Wales

All advanced practitioners in Wales will be required to have a masters degree, according to the Welsh government.

Jenny Aston: nursing needs to have a standardisation of training
Jenny Aston: nursing needs to have a standardisation of training

Dr Jean White, nursing officer from the chief nursing office at the Welsh government, said local health boards would be ‘sorting out the mess' of job titles in advanced nursing.

‘Advanced level practitioners will have to have a masters degree. It is something we will have to work towards over time because not everyone is at that level,' she said.

‘We are looking at new roles and job titles — local health boards will sort out the mess of nursing job titles.

‘We have to end the misleading use of titles especially in specialist and advanced practitioners.'

The Welsh health department is also developing ‘taster' placements where nurses can experience working in different areas of the NHS.

Jenny Aston, chair of the RCN's nurse practitioner forum, said the Welsh policy was ‘inevitable' as nursing moves towards being an all-graduate profession.

‘Wales has taken a step forward and it is a good thing. Hopefully the NMC and the DoH will develop national standards that will map across the whole of the UK.

‘If we are going to deliver the service you have to have standardisation of training all the way up from healthcare assistant to advanced nurse practitioners.'

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