Role Info - ANP

Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) Role Information


Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs) are General Nurses who hold additional qualifications to enable their practice to extend to patient assessment, triage, treatment, and prescription, as well as advanced knowledge of treatment pathways within primary and emergency care settings.

ANPs hold patient pathway responsibilities within primary, secondary and tertiary care settings, and follow developmental pathway through experience and education to enable their registration as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner.


Typically the role description for an Advanced Nurse Practitioner includes: 

The provision of safe and effective health assessments and treatment of patients attending the care setting. 

The delivery of face to face and/or online or telephone healthcare services which will enable patients to obtain health advise from the appropriate health care professional 

To be accountable for their own practice including the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and discharge or referral of patients, independent of medical intervention, who attend the care setting. 

To practice as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner / Nurse Practitioner within own sphere of competence and agreed acceptable limits of practice. To assess patients, and order and interpret investigations, diagnose and treat patients who wish to be seen by an Advanced Nurse Practitioner / Nurse Practitioner. 

Be responsible for the assessment of care needs the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care, without supervision, and to teach other nursing and non-nursing staff. 

To work as part of the multi-disciplinary team in providing quality, evidence-based health care to meet the immediate needs of patients. 

ANPs take an active role within the multi-disciplinary, multi-skilled teams they operate in to ensure service quality, to assist in the development of new models for service delivery which have a positive impact on the health economy, and to ensure that patient care is paramount.