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 recently 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.

Primary Care Workforce and Training Hubs

As a primary care workforce and training hub in Humber, Coast and Vale,  Haxby Group and Freshney Green are able to provide support for local practices and co-ordinate local schemes on behalf of Health Education England.


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.

Access to CPD - Health Education England Postgraduate School of General Practice

The School of General Practice are opening up their training sessions to trainee ACPs currently undertaking an MSc.  Sessions are currently available at the following organisations:

York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Education sessions

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – Programme 1, Programme 2, Programme 3 – Any trainee ACP on years 1-3 of their training can now attend these sessions. Please contact  [email protected] to book a place.

Some good feedback from those attending the sessions has been received:

  • “The COPD training was good and relevant”
  • “I have found both the sessions I attended very useful”
  • “I did feel a little outnumbered by all the GP’s but they were very friendly”
  • “Ive been attending most weeks in Hull. I have really enjoyed the sessions and have learnt a lot”
  • “The sessions I attended were excellent and very informative”

ACP Ready Scheme

The Workforce Training Hub, Haxby Group, offer an ACP Ready Scheme.  Click here for further details.

Our Work

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.