New report on advanced clinical practice education in England

12 November 2018

The Council of Deans of Health has published a report on advanced clinical practice (ACP) education to coincide with national ACP week [12-16 November]. The report summarises universities’ views on ACP and recommends next steps for Health Education England (HEE), the Council and others. Key areas include expectations, change and pressures in this area, particularly in relation to the implementation of the national multi-professional framework for ACP and the advanced clinical practitioner apprenticeship.

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:

“Advanced clinical practice is an important policy area across the UK and an area of interest to all the professions we represent. Through this work in England, our members have clearly expressed their willingness to work with employers to deliver the advanced practice education needed by the health service. I am delighted that we have been able to listen to universities’ questions and concerns and work with HEE to develop recommendations for next steps.”

The report is part of the Council’s ongoing collaboration with HEE on this area of policy and has involved input from NHS Employers, NHS Improvement, professional bodies and other stakeholders. The report will help inform discussion at next week’s national HEE advanced clinical practice conference.

Professor Ruth Taylor, workforce lead for the Council, said:

“I have been pleased to lead this collaborative project with HEE over the past six months. Joint work and strategic planning between universities and employers at both local and national level is absolutely key to growing ACP education and developing the workforce for the future”.


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. Report: Advanced clinical practice education in England
  3. For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames, 07496 693806.

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