Conference explores future of advanced clinical practice education

17 September 2018

A conference hosted by the Council of Deans of Health and Health Education England (HEE) brought together over a hundred representatives from higher education institutions, HEE, NHS Employers, NHS Improvement, professional bodies and other stakeholders to address how to optimise advanced clinical practice (ACP) education for the future workforce.

The conference on Friday 14 September was part of the collaboration by the Council of Deans of Health and HEE to support the development of multi-professional ACP in England. The project brings together higher education institutions with employers and professional bodies to discuss the future of ACP and to identify opportunities and challenges in the implementation of the 2017 ACP framework and ACP apprenticeship standard. In addition to this project with HEE, the Council is currently exploring the development of advanced practice across the UK.

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:

“It’s important that we are able to bring together universities, employers and key stakeholders to have these vital discussions on the future of advance clinical practice education. We have heard directly from them about the opportunities and challenges in designing education for the future ACP workforce. We will be publishing a report in the coming months highlighting the necessary next steps for the sector.”

Professor John Clark, Regional Chief Nurse and Head of Allied Health Professions, Health Education England said:

“This event was a significant opportunity to hear views from across the sector. We all have an interest in working together to ensure that our future workforce has advanced practitioners with exceptional clinical expertise who are able to deliver high quality patient care”.

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:

“It is encouraging to see the clear appetite of the education sector to work together to advance the Advanced Clinical Practice agenda, which we know is mirrored by employers in the NHS.

“We know that these valuable Advanced Clinical Practice roles will play an ever-increasing part of caring for our patients, and we are pleased to be involved in this work with the Council of Deans of Health”.


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 693806.

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