Advanced Clinical Practitioner - Level 7


Advanced Clinical Practitioners are experienced clinicians who demonstrate expertise in their scope of practice. Advanced Clinical Practitioners 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.

Skills and knowledge

To become an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Dietetics you will need to:

  • specialist knowledge of biology
  • be an excellent communicator
  • be hands-on
  • have a caring and calm nature
  • have strong organisational and planning skills
  • have active listening skills
  • be sensitive and understanding
  • be able to explain complex things simply
  • be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • be able to work well with others and your own


To be an Advanced Clinical Practitioner you will need an MSc specialism in Dietetics.


Career progression

As an Advanced Clinical Practitioner you could move into teaching and research.