Advanced clinical practitioners come from a range of professional backgrounds such as nursing, pharmacy, paramedics and occupational therapy. They are healthcare professionals educated to Master’s level and have developed the skills and knowledge to allow them to take on expanded roles and scope of practice caring for patients.
A definition of ACP, its underpinning standards and governance, can be found in the Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England. The framework ensures there is national consistency in the level of practice across multi-professional roles that is clearly understood by the public, advanced clinical practitioners, their colleagues, education providers and employers.
Within Primary Care settings, the Roadmaps to Practice documents detail a clear educational pathway from undergraduate to advanced practice for First Contact Practitioners and Advanced Practitioners.
Please click below to download the Faculty of Advancing Practice Handbook which contains useful information about funding, training and support.
HEE SW Faculty of Advancing Practice – Annual Demand Scoping Survey
This years demand scoping survey opened 01/02/2024 and expressions of interest for September 2024 are therefore invited. Emails have been sent to all practice manages, or those responsible for advanced practice. If you have not received notification and details on how to proceed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be aware that this process is for trainees who are not currently supported by the Faculty, you do not need to submit expressions of interest for trainees in your organisation who are already receiving funding from the Faculty.
Those Primary Care employers with continuing trainees will need to submit and updated Centre for Advancing Practice Governance Maturity Matrix to ensure the continuation of funding and this should be submitted by email to email@example.com no later than 21/03/2024.
Support on completion is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and please keep an eye out for upcoming lunch and learn sessions to support expressions of interest and maturity matrix completion.
All new expressions of interest and accompanying maturity matrix must be received by Devon Training Hub no later than 21/03/2024
E-Portfolio route in Primary Care
The Centre for Advancing Practice has opened applications for the supported e-portfolio route to Advanced Practice – please see the link below:
There is dedicated provision for Primary Care practitioners, who have the experience and evidence to map to the multi-professional framework (with minimal or no gaps), to take up this opportunity. There is currently no direct cost for the individual. The e-portfolio route is a way for practitioners to achieve ‘Recognition of Education and Training Equivalence’, supported by an Education Provider.
Please see below a 19-minute explanatory video from Richard Collier, Lead for the Centre for Advancing Practice, and a set of FAQs.
Practitioners can apply through the link above throughout January, but applications may close earlier if sufficient applications are received. Those meeting the criteria will be invited to start preparing their portfolio, in readiness for a Learning Needs Analysis with a matched Educational Provider/e-Portfolio Assessor from 14 January onwards.
Roadmap to Practice Information
Clinicians completing the capability framework will be recognised by Health Education England’s Centre for Advancing Practice and will be placed on a First Contact Practitioner directory in due course.
The capability framework clearly articulates capabilities so that employers and workforce planners can understand what the clinicians can offer to the multi-professional team to enable the best care for their patient population. It also provides clear guidance of the expected supervision needed to support the roadmap to practice and outlines the bespoke supervision training that a supervisor needs to have completed.
By providing a standard of practice there is a solid governance structure around First Contact roles and advanced practice in primary care. This ensures gold standard care and puts our patient’s safety first.
Musculoskeletal: A Roadmap to Practice
This document provides a roadmap of education for practice when moving into First Contact Practitioner (FCP) roles, and onward to Advanced Practice (AP) roles in Primary Care.
Paramedic: A Roadmap to Practice
Roadmap Clinical Supervisor Courses
Podiatry: A Roadmap to Practice
The First Contact Practitioners and Advanced Practitioners in Primary Care: (Podiatry) A Roadmap to Practice is a supportive document that provides a clear educational pathway from undergraduate to advanced practice for clinicians wishing to pursue a career in primary care.
Occupational Therapy: A Road Map to Practice
The First Contact Practitioners and Advanced Practitioners in Primary Care: Occupational Therapy – A Roadmap to Practice is a supportive document that provides a clear educational pathway from undergraduate to advanced practice for clinicians wishing to pursue a career in primary care.
Dietitians: A Roadmap to Practice
The First Contact Practitioners and Advanced Practitioners in Primary Care: Dietitian – A Roadmap to Practice is a supportive document that provides a clear educational pathway from undergraduate to advanced practice for clinicians wishing to pursue a career in primary care.