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ESN adult competency framework

The Adult ESN Competency Framework sets out the educational and professional criteria for nurses wishing to undertake the adult ESN role. Additionally, the Adult ESN Competency Framework provides the opportunity for the ESN and the employer to agree a professional development plan (PDP). This plan will assist and evidence the ESN’s passage from Specialist Novice Nurse to Competent ESN and finally to Expert Specialist Nurse safely. The framework is applicable to all nurses working in epilepsy in the UK and is underpinned by the core competencies of:

  • Expert practice
  • Practice development
  • Leadership
  • Lifelong learning
  • Consultancy

It is expected that anyone undertaking a specialist nursing role for adults with epilepsy will be a registered nurse on the adult or LD NMC register and will have a minimum of five years, post-registration clinical experience in a relevant area of practice. Nurses applying for ESN roles may have many of the essential management, teaching, education and research skills to enable them to work at a specialist level but they may lack specific epilepsy knowledge. This document acknowledges that some nurses may enter the adult ESN role at a novice specialist level in some aspects of the Adult ESN Competency Framework. However it is recommended that they should be practising at competent or expert specialist level in other areas. The criteria for novice/advanced beginner stage is up to two years from taking up post, working at first-degree level and the authors suggest Agenda for Change band 6.

Event Date: 
Thursday 26 February 2015 - 16:08

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