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An exploration of mental health skills in a generic advanced clinical practice programme

Chadwick, AL; Murphy, N


N Murphy


Background: Advanced practitioners (ACPs) are expected to be competent in their holistic assessment and management of individuals, which includes those with physical and mental health problems. A mental health component was introduced within a generic advanced practitioner programme to support the development of mental health skills required by advanced clinical practitioners in training (ACPiT).

Aims: This research investigated the efficacy of mental health specific content within an MSc ACP generic programme.

Methods: Single case study approach was adopted using a purposive sample of 10 ACPiT to explore personal beliefs and experiences using semi-structured interviews. Verbatim transcription was undertaken followed by content and thematic analysis.

Findings: Themes emerged included communication skills, emergence of competence and self-awareness.

Conclusion: Insights provided by ACPiT recognised the value of mental health teaching and exposure within their training programme for the advancement of knowledge, skill set and ultimately confidence in their clinical practice.

Key Points: Synthesising mental health skills in generic nurse Advanced Clinical Practice.
The conflation of communication and self-awareness with the improvement of clinical growth.


Chadwick, A., & Murphy, N. (2019). An exploration of mental health skills in a generic advanced clinical practice programme. British Journal of Nursing, 28(13), 842-847.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 30, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 13, 2019
Publication Date Jul 11, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 3, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 13, 2020
Journal British Journal of Nursing
Print ISSN 0966-0461
Electronic ISSN 2052-2819
Publisher MA Healthcare
Volume 28
Issue 13
Pages 842-847
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Additional Information Funders : Community Psychiatric Nursing Association


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