The Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) curriculum provides a blueprint for benchmarking standards for practitioners working in integrated sexual health and HIV services.
Advanced Clinical Practitioners1 in Integrated Sexual Health & HIV are required to have specialist skills in the delivery of sexual and reproductive health and HIV services, clinical governance, public health, epidemiology and the provision of contraception.
The ACP curriculum provides a framework for nurse practitioners who provide care and management of patients with sexually transmitted infections and related conditions, contraception and HIV.
The core elements of the ACP ISH HIV curriculum are the clinical management of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), HIV/AIDS, the provision of contraception, surveillance and reporting, the prevention of morbidity and mortality due to STIs, HIV and unintended pregnancies by initiating treatment, partner notification and behaviour change.
The curriculum also places a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary team ethics and practitioners are required to possess excellent communication skills.