There are many different courses available to advance practice as a dietitian. Although the BDA currently does not endorse any post-registration higher education courses there is a plan in place for future development of post-registration courses for dietitians.
Advanced Clinical Practitioner
ACP’s are experienced clinicians who demonstrate expertise in their scope of practice. They manage defined episodes of clinical care independently, from beginning to end, providing care and treatment from the time an individual first presents through to the end of the episode, which may include admission, referral or discharge or care at home.
They carry out their full range of duties in relation to individuals’ physical and mental healthcare and in acute, primary, urgent and emergency settings (including hospitals, general practice, individuals’ homes, schools and prisons, and in the public, independent, private and charity sectors). They combine expert clinical skills with research, education and clinical leadership within their scope of practice.
Advanced Clinical Practitioners work innovatively on a one-to-one basis with individuals as well as part of a wider team. They work as part of the wider health and social care team and across traditional professional boundaries in health and social care.
The ACP apprenticeship was approved for delivery in March 2018 by the Institute for Apprenticeships, an independent public body which works with employers to develop apprenticeship standards and assessment plans. See Institute for Apprenticeships for more details.
Clinical Academic Apprenticeship
A L8 clinical academic professional apprenticeship proposal was developed and submitted to the Institute in November 2018. At the end of September 2019 the Trailblazer was given the go ahead to develop a standard.
Prof Joanne Cooper, Assistant Director of Nursing (Research, Innovation and Professional Regulation) will move this forward to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours, holding a consultation in early 2020 to invite feedback.