Annex 1: ANP competences
a) Comprehensive history-taking.
b) Clinical assessment – the ANP:
- carries out comprehensive clinical examination of patients in their entirety, including physical examination of all systems and mental health assessment.
c) Differential diagnosis – the ANP:
- applies high-level decision-making and assessment skills to formulate appropriate differential diagnoses based on synthesis of clinical findings; this takes account of managing clinical risk in dealing with undifferentiated client groups across the age spectrum.
d) Investigations – the ANP:
- has the freedom and authority to request, where indicated and using judgement and clinical reasoning, appropriate diagnostic tests/investigations based on differential diagnoses
- interprets and analyses previously ordered results of tests/investigations and works collaboratively with other healthcare professionals when needed
- acts on the results to confirm diagnosis and thereby optimise treatment and management outcomes.
e) Treatment – the ANP:
- formulates an action plan for the treatment of the patient, synthesising clinical information based on the patient’s presentation, history, clinical assessment and findings from relevant investigations, using appropriate evidence-based practice
- is an independent non-medical prescriber
- implements non-pharmacological interventions/therapies, dependent on the situation and technical requirements of care.
f) Admission, discharge and referral – the ANP:
- has the freedom and authority to admit and discharge from identified clinical areas, dependent on patient need at the time of review: this includes the freedom and authority to refer to all appropriate healthcare professional groups and agencies, working collaboratively with them.