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 have 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.

Advanced Clinical Practitioner Growth in Humber, Coast and Vale

In 2016 the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership Workforce Board 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.

Recruitment and Training in Humber, Coast and Vale


Advanced Clinical Practitioner Recruitment

Organisations across Humber, Coast and Vale are keen to support the training of more advanced clinical practitioners than ever before. Health Education England agreed to support more than 100 trainee advanced clinical practitioners in the area during 2019/20.  We recruited 79 trainee advanced clinical practitioners in 2019/2020 into hospitals, general practice, community and mental health services across the region. Organisations recruit independently through the NHS Jobs website in partnership with universities, following which offers are made pending successful applications to university programmes. If you would like to be apply keep an eye on NHS jobs because organisations will be recruiting again over the coming months for a January 2021 start with our local Universities.


MSc in Advanced Practice

In the Humber, Coast and Vale area, the University of Hull and the University of York offer MSc degrees in advanced practice. Beyond the Humber, Coast and Vale area, Huddersfield University, Bradford University, Leeds University, Sheffield University, Leeds Beckett University and Sheffield Hallam University offer MSc degrees in advanced practice.

Advanced Clinical Practitioner MSc Apprenticeships

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 Humber, Coast and Vale ACP Apprenticeship Guidelines for Employers.

Pipeline into Advanced Clinical Practice

The Faculty have 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.

Access to General Practice CPD Sessions

York Teaching Hospitals

09.12.20 – Dermatology
13.01.21 – Paediatrics
10.02.21 – Chronic Pain & Opiates
10.03.21 – MSK
14.04.21 – Women’s Health
12.05.21 – Palliative Care
09.06.21 – Anxiety & Depression

These are all full day sessions 09.00 – 16.30 and currently take place via Zoom.

If you would like to attend, please email [email protected]

Our Work

Quality Strategy

The Faculty have developed a Quality Strategy to support the Delivery Plan. The strategy combines quality improvement and assurance, supported by a quality framework, in order to reduce unwanted variation in the quality of learning environments and support the sustainable growth of ACPs that meets the needs of patients, employers and staff. It has been co-designed with stakeholders of the Faculty, including ACPs themselves, and aligned with national and regional policies.

Strengthening Education

The Faculty are working to ensure clinical competency aligns to completion of the Masters in Advanced Practice by:

    1. Creating clinical competency portfolio(s) for use across Humber, Coast and Vale
    2. Reviewing best practice guidance in mentorship and supervision, identifying and promoting system wide implementation in a challenging environment
    3. Seek ways in which to optimise clinical simulation and include in above
    4. Identify robust methods of assessment and include in the elements above
    5. Preparing the clinical environment

Retention and Career Development

The Faculty are working to consider and promote retention strategies that include:

  1. Development of a career pathway for ACPs that includes opportunities to diversify clinically, education, leadership and management that will aid retention
  2. On-going learning opportunities that include formal and informal activities

Online Learning Opportunities

The  Faculty of Advanced Practice are facilitating monthly online learning opportunities for qualified and in-training ACPs.  Please click here to see further information and book a place.

Watch the video below, recently presented at an ACP Conference to see how the Faculty works across the system to strengthen growth in advanced practice roles across Humber, Coast and Vale.

More Information

For more information, please email the Faculty. Please remember to include your name, organisation (if applicable), contact details and a summary of your request in the message.

If you are a qualified or in training ACP and would like to receive information from the Faculty, please email us with your name, organisation, email address and specialist area.