Faculty of Advanced Practice
The Faculty of Advanced Practice provides strategic direction and enables a co-ordinated approach to ensure advanced clinical practitioner and physician associate capacity meets service need.
Advanced Clinical Practitioners
Advanced clinical practitioners come from nursing or allied health professional backgrounds. They are registered healthcare professionals educated to at least master’s degree level.
Health Education England has defined what an advanced clinical practitioner is and outlined job entry requirements to ensure national consistency and that advanced clinical practitioners, colleagues, employers and patients understand the remit of advanced clinical practitioners.
The competency framework, which is being developed, will provide advanced clinical practitioners with guidance and principles to follow throughout their careers, which clearly outline the pathway into the profession and opportunities for career development.
For further information visit Health Education England’s Centre for Advancing Practice.
Advanced Clinical Practitioner Growth
Advanced Clinical Practitioner recruitment
In 2016 we identified advanced clinical practitioner growth as a key workforce priority to address some of the area’s challenges. Advanced clinical practitioners are fundamental to system-wide service and workforce transformation.
The overarching aim of the Faculty is to enable growth in the advanced clinical practitioner workforce through collaborative and system-wide approaches to recruitment, retention and development of advanced clinical practitioners.
Primary Care Workforce and Training Hubs
As a primary care workforce and training hub Haxby Group and Freshney Green are able to provide support for local practices and co-ordinate local schemes on behalf of Health Education England.
Organisations across our region are keen to support the training of more advanced clinical practitioners than ever before. Health Education England agreed to support more than 80 trainee advanced clinical practitioners in the area during 2020/21. We recruited 72 trainee advanced clinical practitioners in 2020/21 into hospitals, general practice, community and mental health services across the region. Another 62 were recruited to start programmes in September 2021/January 2022. Recruitment for 2022/23 will take place in Spring 2022.
Organisations recruit independently through the NHS Jobs website in partnership with universities, following which offers are made pending successful applications to university programmes.
Advanced Clinical Practitioner MSc Apprenticeships
Supported Portfolio Route
Standards for Advanced Clinical Practitioner MSc Apprenticeship programmes have now been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships. The Level 7 Apprenticeship programme will be delivered by higher educational institutions (HEIs) listed on the Register of Apprentice Training Providers (RoTAP) and the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations (RoEPAO). The Apprenticeship programme will combine on-programme academic and work based learning and assessment, cumulating in an End Point Assessment (EPA) of the achievement of knowledge, skills and behaviours as outlined in the apprenticeship standard.
Please click here to see the Apprenticeship Standards.
For local guidance on how the Apprenticeship programme may impact your organisation, please see the ACP Apprenticeship Guidelines for Employers.
The Centre for Advancing Practice ePortfolio (supported) Route is designed to enable experienced Advanced Practitioners to evidence the equivalence of their education and training* to the requirements as described in the Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England (MPF). The process starts with an application stage, which takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
If you are successful, you will be allocated to an education provider and complete a Learning Needs Analysis. You will then start to complete the ePortfolio itself. It is anticipated that this will take place in the spring, when the pressure on services is more manageable.
If you are an experienced practitioner who already has a significant body of evidence that can be mapped to the MPF, this opportunity is very much for you and the Centre would welcome you to get your application in today!
For more information and to apply, please visit the website.
*See list of accredited programmes
Pipeline into Advanced Clinical Practice
The Faculty has developed a pipeline into Advanced Clinical Practice, showing all routes of access. Click here to see the pipeline.
ACP Ready Scheme
The Workforce Training Hub, Haxby Group, offer an ACP Ready Scheme. Click here for further details.
Roadmaps to Practice
You can view Health Education England’s Roadmaps to Practice here.