A First Contact Practitioner is a diagnostic clinician in primary care working at masters level with undiagnosed and undifferentiated diagnoses, managing complexity and uncertainty at the first point of contact who has a minimum of 5 years post graduate experience.
An Advanced Practitioner is a clinician with a verified portfolio of evidence at a Masters level of practice across all four pillars of practice (Leadership, Clinical, Education and Research) who has a minimum of 5 years post graduate experience.
HEE Roadmaps to Practice have been made to create a standard of practice and proof of capability in primary care. The Roadmaps provide a clear educational pathway from undergraduate to advanced practice for clinicians wishing to pursue a career in primary care.
Everybody moving into primary care will need to do the roadmap training to prove capability in the primary care prerequisite knowledge skills and attributes at masters level to assure patient safety.
For information on First Contact Practitioner roles and requirements, download this HEE Regional FCP Working Group presentation. (Powerpoint 8.6MB)