Council of Deans of Health and HEE collaborating on advanced clinical practice development in England

4 June 2018

The Council of Deans of Health and Health Education England (HEE) have announced a new collaboration to support the development of multi-professional advanced clinical practice in England.

The project forms part of HEE’s implementation of the 2017 framework for Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) and follows the recent introduction of an ACP apprenticeship standard. This collaboration will allow universities, HEE and employers to plan for the evolution of ACP education provision in light of these developments. The collaboration will see both organisations reach out to royal colleges and others to embed the ACP framework and make it an integral element of professional development. The Council and HEE will host an event for stakeholders on 14 September 2018 supported by a programme of activity throughout the year.

Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Chair of the Council which represents UK university faculties engaged in education for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions, said:

“We are pleased to be working with HEE on this very important piece of work. The Council has a key role to play in bringing universities together with employers, professional bodies and HEE to discuss the future of advanced practice. We want to open an honest conversation about opportunities and pressures within the system to help shape the future of this role. While the focus of this project is advanced practice in England, as a UK-wide organisation we will be looking at advanced practice developments across the UK over the coming year.”

Professor John Clark, Director and Dean of Education and Quality, Health Education England – South, added:

“HEE is delighted to be working with the Council of Deans of Health to further develop the ACP framework. ACPs are required to develop exceptional clinical expertise that is underpinned with post-graduate level study. Our partnership approach enables us to explore the challenges of delivering a range of ACP programmes that span both clinical and academic components with the desired result to deliver high-quality patient care.”

NHS Employers will be involved in this programme from the start, bringing critical insight into providers’ needs and aspirations.

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:

“Advanced clinical practice development has a hugely important part to play in the future workforce of a health and social care system fit for the future. Employers will welcome this positive partnership and our position on this project’s steering committee allows us to reflect the views and position of employers across the country.”


Notes to editors:

  1. The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. For further information:
  2. For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames, 07496 693 806

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