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DNAT - Advanced Practice Development Needs Analysis Tool

DNAT - Advanced Practice Development Needs Analysis Tool

It is recognised that practitioners in differing roles will have different development needs that are dependent on their current job role. The Advanced Practice Development Needs Analysis Tool (DNAT), originally developed for participants on the NES Advanced Practice Succession Pathway has been found to be valuable in helping practitioners identify their development needs (Currie, et al 2010) Practitioners have found the DNAT useful for reflecting on their current role, identifying where they might benefit from further training, education and development and as a means of measuring progression and identifying ongoing learning needs.

The tool is based on the four pillars of Advanced Practice. It is recommended that the DNAT is completed jointly with the practitioner's line manager to identify the learning outcomes most appropriate for the development of the role within service.  It can also be linked to the individual's annual development review, role benchmarking tool and KSF post outline.