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Workforce Development

Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio

The advanced clinical practice portfolio builds on much of the work that has been undertaken in unscheduled care in Scotland, starting with the primary care competency work that was launched in 2005.  The portfolio also reflects and builds upon the work NES carried out in developing the workplace-based assessment pilot for out of hours practitioners in 2006. The portfolio was launched in 2009 and accreditation is now available by several universities throughout Scotland.

Clinical Practice Portfolio

Out of Hours Unscheduled Care Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio (pdf)

The Purpose of the Clinical Practice Portfolio

The purpose of the portfolio is to facilitate practitioners in Out of Hours Unscheduled Care to demonstrate that they are working at an advanced practice level.  Through such facilitation, the following aims will be supported:

  • Consolidation of practice for advanced practitioners who have already undertaken formal education in Out of Hours Unscheduled Care.
  • Standardised evidence that advanced practitioners in Out of Hours Unscheduled Care are working at an appropriate academic level.
  • Consistent evidence that advanced practioners in Out of Hours Unscheduled Care are working at an appropriate academic level (Masters Level)
  • Evidence that health boards are meeting the requirements of clinication governance through demonstration that their employees have achieved an appropriate level of competency.

It is envisaged that the portfolio framework, will, therefore, be of use practioners, employers and Higher Education Insitutions (HEIs).

Work-Based Learning

The portfolip requires practioners to evidence their level of practice through work based learning.  In order to ensure a consistent and standardised approach to Out of Hours Unscheduled Care education for advanced practioners throughout health boards in Scotland a schedule of work based learning has been developed and is contained within the portfolio to support evidence collection.

Helpful Individual Templates in MS Word (doc)


These templates have been developed for practitioners undertaking the portfolio who wish to complete sections electronically.