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Overview of the role

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

Details of standard

Occupation summary

This occupation is found in the health and care sector. Enhanced Clinical Practitioners are qualified health and social care professionals who are working at an enhanced level of practice with specific knowledge and skills in a field of expertise. They manage a discrete aspect of a patient’s care within their current level of practice, which will be particular to a specific context, be it a client group, a skill set or an organisational context. This is in contrast to Advanced Clinical Practitioners who have developed their knowledge and skills to an advanced level of practice and would manage the whole episode of a patient’s clinical care, from the time they first present, through to the end of the episode.

Enhanced Clinical Practitioners work as part of a multi-disciplinary clinical team across a wide range of settings, including hospitals, community clinics, individual’s homes and in dental and general practices. Specific examples of settings in which Enhanced Clinical Practitioners work include critical care units providing complex interventions to critically ill patients, GP premises providing specialist services for patients in the community and Children and Families Services units within a local council providing therapeutic interventions to children, young people and their families.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide a high standard of complex, enhanced care for patients, using enhanced levels of clinical judgement, skills and knowledge. Enhanced Clinical Practitioners will consult with patients, their family, carers and the multi-professional team to undertake assessments of patient need and devise and evaluate complex care plans related to their field of expertise, for example renal care, critical care, child psychotherapy, diabetes. They critically evaluate and analyse clinical problems using their expertise and clinical knowledge, seeking out and applying relevant evidence, enhanced clinical assessments, diagnostics, interventions, and equipment to make clinical decisions.

Enhanced Clinical Practitioners deliver complex clinical care in the context of continual change, challenging environments, different models of care delivery, innovation and rapidly evolving technologies using critical analysis and their underpinning knowledge to manage complex interventions. They teach and advise patients and their families/carers on how to manage their condition or support the multi-disciplinary team to do so. They participate in clinical audits and research projects and implement changes as required, including the development and updating of practice protocols/guidelines and procedures. They will work within national and local protocols where these exist. They continuously update their knowledge and enhance their clinical practice and provide support, mentoring and supervision of others. They recognise and work within the boundaries of their practice, knowing when and who to refer patients to. They may delegate work to other members of the multidisciplinary team and take accountability for the delegated activity.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with:

  • Patients, service users and carers in settings such as hospitals, clinics, dental practices, general practices, patient/client homes, care homes, community clinics
  • Other health and social care professionals for example, doctors, members of the dental team, registered nurses, care workers, social workers, allied health professionals, pharmacists, healthcare scientists, advanced clinical practitioners, consultant clinical practitioners and clinical academics
  • Students and other learners
  • Service leaders and managers
  • Stakeholder groups and third sector organisations
  • Representatives from pharmaceutical and equipment companies

 An employee in this occupation will be responsible for: 

  • Maintaining and continuously updating their existing knowledge, skills and expertise to inform their enhanced clinical judgement             
  • Critically evaluating and analysing complex clinical interventions to make evidence-based decisions on how to manage the delivery of complex clinical care for a defined population, which may include individuals from diverse cultural, social and belief systems. They often manage a caseload, sometimes providing interventions as part of a dedicated clinical pathway.
  • Caring for people with complex care needs using their existing knowledge and expertise, enhanced clinical assessments, diagnostics, interventions and equipment. They must have the confidence and ability to think critically, and to apply a depth of knowledge and highly developed skills to provide enhanced evidence-based care
  • Working as part of a wider health and care team whilst being able to work alone when seeing people in their own homes in the community or in a clinical facility. They provide complex clinical care in the context of continual change, challenging environments, different models of care delivery, an older and more diverse population, vulnerable children and young people, mental health needs and innovation and rapidly evolving technologies
  • Engaging and involving patients, families and carers in co-production of strategies to manage their own health and wellbeing
  • Negotiating boundaries and playing an important proactive clinical leadership role in multidisciplinary teams to support the integration of health and social care services
  • Managing their own personal health and well-being, providing support and supervision for others and recognising the boundaries of their practice in order to respond to the impact and demands of their practice
  • Delegating work to other members of the multidisciplinary team and taking accountability for that delegated activity

Typical job titles include:

Dietitian (gastroenterology) Enhanced dental technician Mental health enhanced liaison practitioner Physiologist (paediatric respiratory) Registered nurse (critical care)

Entry requirements

Enhanced Clinical Practitioners must be registered with either one of the statutory healthcare regulators, Social Work England or with one of the following accredited voluntary registers: The Academy for Healthcare Science, Register of Clinical Technologists or Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists. They must undertake revalidation processes or audit of their continuing professional development where these apply.

Occupation duties

Duty KSBs

Duty 1 Be an accountable professional acting in the best interests of people, putting them first and providing complex clinical care that is evidence-based, person-centred, safe and compassionate.

K1 K2 K3

S1 S2 S3

B1 B2 B3

Duty 2 Use existing knowledge and expertise and enhanced levels of clinical judgement to independently undertake complex and holistic assessments.

K4 K5 K6

S4 S5 S6

B1 B2 B3

Duty 3 Act independently to plan, deliver, monitor and evaluate complex care using enhanced clinical assessments, diagnostics, and interventions.

K7 K8 K10 K11

S7 S8 S9 S10 S11

B1 B2 B3

Duty 4 Act as an expert resource within their own organisation and for external agencies.

K9 K12 K13

S12 S13

B1 B2 B3

Duty 5 Develop, deliver and evaluate education and training opportunities for others within own scope of practice.

K14 K15 K16

S14 S15 S16

B1 B2 B3

Duty 6 Communicate effectively in challenging environments and situations with patients, their families/carers and the multi-disciplinary team.

K17 K18 K19 K27

S17 S18 S19 S27

B1 B2 B3

Duty 7 Promote and encourage innovative clinical practice to support a culture of excellence within the wider health and care team.

K20 K21 K22

S20 S21 S22

B1 B2 B3

Duty 8 Lead and manage unpredictable and unplanned clinical situations.

K24 K25 K26

S24 S25 S26

B1 B2 B3

Duty 9 Participate in resource management, strategic service development, planning and service improvement.

K28 K29 K30

S28 S29 S30

B1 B2 B3

Duty 10 Lead, monitor, develop and appraise staff and learners.

K23 K31 K32

S23 S31 S32

B1 B2 B3



K1: Tools and techniques used to systematically search, select and present evidence Back to Duty

K2: Techniques to critically appraise evidence such as local and national quality standards and frameworks and ways to relate this to own practice Back to Duty

K3: Requirements of their on-going professional registration and code of conduct in relation to their scope of practice such as when and how to escalate or refer in line with defined scope of practice Back to Duty

K4: How to appraise the relevance of available tools and techniques to the clinical situation and own scope of practice Back to Duty

K5: Legislation, clinical frameworks, contemporaneous evidence-based practice guidelines, outcomes from clinical audit and algorithms to support decision making Back to Duty

K6: Anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology to support complex holistic patient assessment including the underlying psychological, social and long-term impact of illness Back to Duty

K7: Tools and techniques to critically evaluate clinical information to inform decision making and care management planning Back to Duty

K8: Underpinning anatomy and complex applied physiology, disease, toxicities, treatments and interventions which guide the selection of specialist diagnostics Back to Duty

K9: Methods to support complex intervention decision making aligned to national and international guidelines Back to Duty

K10: Principles and theories of co-production, health coaching, peer support and self-management used to build knowledge, skills and confidence to enable patient self-management Back to Duty

K11: Diverse sources of information and evidence to underpin decision making and techniques to interpret and assimilate a diverse range of information and evidence Back to Duty

K12: Principles and theories of coaching used in supporting others in complex clinical decision making and care delivery Back to Duty

K13: Principles and theories of leadership and role modelling Back to Duty

K14: Tools and procedures for conducting a training needs analysis Back to Duty

K15: Teaching, learning and assessment theories, techniques, innovations and models relevant to the educational activity including ways to facilitate a positive learning environment Back to Duty

K16: Models, tools and frameworks for receiving and providing constructive feedback Back to Duty

K17: Principles of different communication strategies and theories, communication modes (written, digital, verbal, non-verbal) and clinical communication tools Back to Duty

K18: Models and theories for negotiating and mediating, such as de-escalation and diffusing strategies Back to Duty

K19: Communication strategies and tools used to share complex information with different audiences and individuals Back to Duty

K20: Principles of change management and co-production to support clinical innovation in the workplace Back to Duty

K21: Local and national approaches and planning processes to support quality improvement Back to Duty

K22: Service evaluation, research and audit techniques to support quality improvement processes within area of enhanced clinical practice Back to Duty

K23: The role and impact of reflection in improving clinical practice and best-practice methods for clinical supervision Back to Duty

K24: Signs and pathophysiology of deterioration or distress in mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural health in own scope of practice Back to Duty

K25: Protocols and systems used to plan, prioritise and direct resources within area of enhanced clinical practice and how to escalate to and engage others when working at the boundaries of scope of practice Back to Duty

K26: Evidence-based strategies to manage clinical risk in enhanced clinical practice Back to Duty

K27: Principles of psychological well-being, the importance of maintaining own and others well-being and counselling techniques used within own scope of practice Back to Duty

K28: Employer policy and procedures for resource management and reporting Back to Duty

K29: Strategies to plan and prioritise resources and manage immediate and longer-term service requirements Back to Duty

K30: Local, regional, and national strategic priorities for patient populations within area of specialist practice Back to Duty

K31: Principles of mentoring and preceptorship and how these differ from counselling, coaching and teaching Back to Duty

K32: Local appraisal policy and systems and own responsibility in relation to appraisal of others Back to Duty


S1: Conduct systematic literature searches to source evidence to inform enhanced clinical practice Back to Duty

S2: Critically appraise evidence and use findings to plan and provide enhanced patient-centred clinical care Back to Duty

S3: 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 Back to Duty

S4: Select available tools, technologies and techniques needed to perform complex and holistic assessments Back to Duty

S5: Assimilate, synthesise and apply complex information to promote and advocate best interests of others, upholding the principles of safeguarding and evidence-based practice Back to Duty

S6: Undertake holistic patient-centred assessments using available tools, technologies and techniques Back to Duty

S7: Analyse the data arising from the assessment process to inform clinical decision-making Back to Duty

S8: Identify, request and interpret specialist diagnostics within own scope of practice to inform the delivery and management of specialist care for patients and families Back to Duty

S9: 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 Back to Duty

S10: Prepare and support patients and families to manage their own health and care as independently as possible Back to Duty

S11: Interpret, assimilate and draw conclusions using diverse sources of information and evidence to inform clinical reasoning Back to Duty

S12: Direct others to sources of information and evidence, coaching and supporting them in applying information and evidence in complex clinical decision making Back to Duty

S13: Provide leadership within scope of own role and positive role-modelling for others in the multidisciplinary team Back to Duty

S14: Identify training and education needs of others in the workplace Back to Duty

S15: Plan and facilitate the delivery of practice-based education, training and assessment activities Back to Duty

S16: Evaluate the effectiveness of training and education activities Back to Duty

S17: Use communication strategies suitable for a variety of situations including sensitive and distressing topics Back to Duty

S18: Use strategies to manage conflict and challenge Back to Duty

S19: Discuss complex information with patients, their families, the multi-disciplinary team and other agencies Back to Duty

S20: Challenge ineffective systems and processes and support others to identify the need for change within their area of enhanced clinical practice Back to Duty

S21: Contribute to quality improvement plans and strategies to support a culture of continuous quality improvement within area of enhanced clinical practice Back to Duty

S22: Participate in quality improvement activities, such as audit, service evaluations and research projects within area of enhanced clinical practice Back to Duty

S23: Reflect on own and others’ practice using clinical supervision processes Back to Duty

S24: Identify and act on evidence of unexpected change or patient deterioration within own scope of practice Back to Duty

S25: Manage self and others in unpredictable and complex environments, instigating clinical interventions where protocols may not be available Back to Duty

S26: Identify and manage risk to patient safety and others in an unpredictable and complex environment Back to Duty

S27: Counsel patients, family, carers and others to manage psychological well-being of self and others Back to Duty

S28: Contribute to efficient resource management within the workplace Back to Duty

S29: Plan, prioritise and deliver enhanced clinical care within a defined resource Back to Duty

S30: Contribute to the drafting of business cases or project proposals Back to Duty

S31: Provide mentorship, opportunity for peer-learning and constructive feedback to guide, support, motivate and develop others in the multidisciplinary team Back to Duty

S32: Contribute to the appraisal of individuals in the multidisciplinary team Back to Duty


B1: Treat people with dignity, respecting individual's diversity, beliefs, culture, needs, values, privacy and preferences Back to Duty

B2: Show respect and empathy for those you work with Back to Duty

B3: Be adaptable, reliable and consistent Back to Duty


English and Maths

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Additional details

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Duration (months):



this apprenticeship will be reviewed in accordance with our change request policy.

Status: Retired
Level: 6
Degree: non-degree qualification
Reference: ST0895
Version: 1.0
Date updated: 16/02/2022
Route: Health and science
Typical duration to gateway: 18 months (this does not include EPA period)
Maximum funding: £7000
LARS Code: 631
EQA Provider: Ofqual
Employers involved in creating the standard: Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust East Cheshire NHS Trust Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust NHS Blood and Transplant Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust P J Care Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust Solent NHS Trust The Christie NHS Foundation Trust The James Cook University Hospital University Hospitals of North Midlands Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Version log

Version Change detail Earliest start date Latest start date Latest end date
1.1 Standard revised 25/05/2023 Not set Not set
1.0 Approved for delivery 27/05/2021 24/05/2023 Not set

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