North West updates

Updates from the Regional Faculty for Advancing Practice – North West

May 2022 update

Advancing Practice in Learning Disabilities and Autism

In support of Learning Disabilities Week (20th-26th June), the Faculty would like to share how Deepak Agnihotri works across the four pillars of advanced practice to deliver personalised care and support the quality of life of his patients. Deepak is an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Learning Disabilities and Autism at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Deepak Agnihotri – Case Study

HEI (Higher Education Institutes) ACP Programme Network

The Faculty meet quarterly with the North West HEIs. This network is to look at collaborative working across the North West.

The last meeting took place on 19 May 2022. The meeting covered:

·      The expression of interest process and looked at any lessons learnt

·       The development of credentials. A HEE subject matter expert attended the meeting to discuss the progress of this area. If you would like further information about the credentials you can access on this website’s credential webpage ,

·      The Faculty is working with the HEI’s in developing a Best Practice Guidelines for recruitment of and supervision for trainees.

NW Faculty for Advancing Practice – Expression of Interest process

The Faculty would like to thank all the organisations that accepted or declined the offer of HEE funding. This enabled us to inform the Universities of their expected numbers and enabled us to provide the unique reference numbers to support them and the organisation through the HEI’s recruitment process.

The Faculty is now working with our Widening Participation team to ensure those organisations that need support for levy transfers or government co-investment funding for their apprenticeship pathway will receive the appropriate support.

In addition, the faculty has reached out to identified workforce priority areas including Primary Care and Learning Disability & Autism.

The Faculty is developing a waiting list expression of interest form and process. This will only be for Spring 2023 intakes. Further details will be shared.

The Faculty yearly workplan

During May our priority has been focussing on how we will be delivering against our yearly workplan. This includes:

–         Workforce Planning, Modelling and Intelligence

–         Monitoring HEE funded trainees

–         Workforce Growth and Education Commissioning

–         Quality

–         Innovation and Modernisation

–         Communications and Engagement

–         Recruitment, Assessment and Supervision

The Faculty is in the process of updating their webpage on the Advancing Practice website that will provide further information.

Meet Sara Dalby – ACP Lead in Cheshire & Merseyside

Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Sara, my background is advanced practice in Surgery.  I have commenced in post as the Advanced Practice Lead across Cheshire and Merseyside. I am very excited to be working with you all to take forward advanced practice across the region along with other members of the NW Regional Faculty for Advancing Practice.

 I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you, understand more about advanced practice in your organisation and discuss how we can work together. Please let me know your availability and I shall book a time in my diary to meet.

If you have any questions or require any additional information please don’t hesitate to contact me at any point. My email is saradalby@liverpoolft.nhs.uk.

April 2022 update

NW Regional Faculty for Advancing Practice – highlights 2021/22 

Regional Faculty for Advancing Practice highlights 21-22

NW Faculty for Advancing Practice – Expression of Interest process 

Wednesday 4 May 2022, the Faculty emailed all designated leads/name contact with the outcome of their organisation’s expression of interest submissions.  

Organisations are now required to;

– Accept or decline the offer by mid-May 2022, 

– Commence the recruitment process, 

– Engage with the Programme Lead at the offered University,  

– Liaise with appropriate teams regarding the apprenticeship requirements  

If you have any questions regarding the process, please do contact our email address acp.nw@hee.nhs.uk  

Supporting HEE funded trainees  

Watch this Space – from Autumn 2022 onwards, the faculty will be requesting organisations to provide information about each trainee and their supervisor details. This will enable the faculty to support trainees and gain vital information to understand the Trainee Advanced Practitioner workforce and Clinical Supervisors for Trainee ACPs.  

Case Study – Kay Roscoe 

Kay Roscoe is an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Adult Mental Health Services at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. Kay believes that advanced clinical practice helps patients by improving access to robust assessment and treatment plans. It also benefits NHS staff by providing additional clinical leadership and support. Please read Kay’s experience as an Advanced Practitioner

Kay Roscoe – Case Study

Training Programme Directors projects

 All nine Training Programme Directors have been developing projects to improve the experience of Advancing Practice Education. Below provides a snapshot of what each project is about.   

Anna Riley – Emergency and surgical care Development of a practice support manual to help trainee ACP’s 

Deepak Agnihotri – Learning Disabilities & Autism Establish a community of practice and quality matrix for LD&A trainee ACP’s 

Jaclyn Proctor – Acute care Gathering evidence from trainee ACP to identify and prioritise quality improvements 

Kay Roscoe – Mental Health – Improving the quality of trainee ACP supervision in mental health across the North West footprint through Action Learning Sets. 

Martin Troedel – Urgent care/MSK Mentorship programme for trainee ACP’s in emergency and urgent care 

Liz Reilly – Primary care – understanding the effectiveness of the tools and resources available for clinical supervisors within the Primary Care setting to confidently undertake their role as Clinical supervisors 

Liz Jemmett – Paediatrics, Women’s Health and Midwifery – Developing a community of advanced practice to support change through research. 

Scott Murray – Primary care – Exploring ACP confidence and development needs for managing key clinical presentations in primary care through the design and implementation of a learning needs analysis tool.    

Tanya Rumney – AHPs Virtual network – to reduce isolation for minority AHP groups into ACP 

Feedback about our Faculty from key individuals 

The faculty recently invited some key stakeholders to provide feedback around their experience and engagement with the faculty over the last 12 months in the form of an anonymous survey.  The survey was designed to help us understand a wide range of views around areas such as how we are valued, how are goals and objectives are being understood and any challenges which may have been identified. We were delighted to have some fantastic responses which were extremely positive. Some of the feedback received has been included below:-   

“I think the faculty play an important role in the distribution of information from national to regional areas. It also helps with networking and sharing of best practice.” 

“This is a process of development, and the team are working hard to meet the needs of all stakeholders. It’s a relatively new team and I think this will get better as the team evolves” 

“It’s really helpful to have specialists to draw on in the area of Advancing Practice & all the component elements. The EOI process, and the panels for AP has been smooth & well co-ordinated.” 

“much needed leadership for the region and advanced practice growth” 

“Excellent communication and engagement. Responsive supportive and helpful 

These responses will now help to build continual improvement within our work and ensure we remain committed to delivering our objectives in the best way we can to suit our stakeholders needs. 

March 2022 update

North West Expression of Interest for Advanced Practice Programme  

The faculty have been through all the expressions of interest submissions. 11% of the submissions had queries, contact has been made to the identified ACP Lead within the organisation for theses to be resolved. The next phase if for the faculty to discuss the submissions with our internal teams for example the pharmacy team, primary care and the three ICS’s workforce education and transformation teams.  

These meetings will enable us to highlight the submissions and how they align with the strategic direction for Advancing Practice. Showcasing innovative and transformational roles.  

During April the faculty will start to put the processes in place to confirm if the faculty are able to offer a HEE funded place. Decisions will be communicated out as soon as possible, as we appreciate the timeframes required for the recruitment process of trainees.  

If you have any questions in the meantime please email us acp.nw@hee.nhs.uk  

E-Portfolio (Supported) Route  

Recognition of registered health and care practitioners who demonstrate complete fulfilment of the capabilities for Advanced Clinical Practitioners set out in the Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England (HEE 2017) is offered through a number of different routes, via the Centre for Advancing Practice (Centre).   

One of these routes is the ePortfolio (supported) route whereby an individual practitioner already working at an advanced level of practice, but who has not undertaken a HEE accredited ACP programme, is supported by an education provider to produce a portfolio that maps fully to the ACP Framework capabilities. Any identified gaps and learning to achieve successful completion of the portfolio must be within a 12 month period. 

In the North West 127 advanced practitioners submitted applications to be considered for this route and have now progressed to being allocated to an education provider to undertake an initial learning needs analysis against the Multi-professional framework. The NW Faculty for Advancing Practice will work closely with the education providers to support those who may need further learning or experience which could not be completed within a reasonable period (12 months) to support their ongoing educational progress.  

North West Faculty for Advancing Practice: Supervision gap analysis report 

Throughout 2021, Nick Worth and Sarah Hadfield undertook a gap analysis for supervision across the North West. The intention was to establish current situation regarding supervision provision and the support that is required for supervisors and trainees in all healthcare specialties. 

The gap analysis included interviewing ACP Programme Leads from each North West HEI, a selection of employers, supervisors and trainees. The results were then reviewed and collated as a report in order to inform the future focus of the Faculty regarding supervision for ACP trainees. 

The recommendations are: 

– Minimum of one hour per week with named co-ordinating supervisor to be implemented from 22/23 as detailed in the Minimum standard for Supervision Document.

– To use associate supervisors where required to ensure trainee ACPs have the required level of support across all four pillars of advanced practice.

– To develop a best practice guide for employers / organisations of trainee ACPs that gives examples of different models of good quality supervision across the North West region.

– To create a bank of resources for supervisor training regionally in the North West and work with other Supervision and Assessment Leads across HEE to create National supervisor certification.

– To deliver webinars for existing ACPs to discuss supervision and to encourage update of training and use of available resources to equip them with the skills and knowledge to become supervisors for other trainee ACP’s.

– Promote the Faculty commissioning process which includes readiness checklists for employers to be able to support the ACP throughout their training.

– Support the TPD’s to obtain ACP trainee feedback regarding all aspects of training process and employer responsibilities.

The Faculty will prioritise the following areas during 2022 to improve the supervision provision across the region: 

– Pilot the Minimum standard of supervision document in the North West and obtain feedback regarding its implementation 

– Update the ‘Best Practice Guide’ in the North West 

– Collaborate on a National bank of resources to support Supervision training with other regional Faculties.

North West Learning Disability and Autism Scoping Project  – Consultant & Advanced Practitioners  

Sarah Hadfield, Project Support Officer within the team has recently undertaken a 12 week secondment, alongside a subject matter expert, to evaluate the position of Consultant level and Advanced Practitioners across the North West working within Learning Disabilities and/or Autism.  The project looked to understand employer expectations and support, identify existing skills and functions currently being delivered, and highlight any best practices that can be shared within secondary care settings.  The findings would then look to support and inform how HEE can look to increase retention and create clear career pathways for Advanced Practitioner roles within Learning Disabilities and Autism now and in the future. 

A wide stakeholder engagement exercise was carried out to identify numbers of Consultants and Advanced Practitioners within all three regions within the North West.  This data was also able to identify the patient and service users age ranges within this workforce area.  A range of surveys and focus groups were undertaken to identify the skills and functions, challenges, variance, and best practice within these roles.  The report has identified a number of short, medium and long term recommendations for the North West Faculty to work with organisations seeking to develop advanced practice roles to ensure that they meet the patients and service users needs in the best possible way.  

The findings have demonstrated lots of examples around how Advanced Practice has and will have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of Children, Young People, and Adults with a Learning Disability and/ or Autism, however there are also some clear challenges which will need to be addressed.   

Liz Jemmet – Case Study 

Liz Jemmett is a Paediatric Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) in the PANDA Unit in Northern Care Alliance. She has recently joined the North West Faculty for Advancing Practice as one of the newly appointed Training Programme Directors, her expertise in paediatrics is proving extremely beneficial for the faculty. The case study shows how Liz’s role covers the four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice and how she is able to apply her ACP skills to her day to day role while working as part of a multidisciplinary team. 

Liz Jemmett ACP Case Study.PDF

TPD Face to Face meetings 

We were able to get the TPD’s together for some face to face meetings recently. They were split over two days but it was a great opportunity to get to know each other and plan how the Faculty and TPD’s can work together to continue to support ACP trainees across the region. 

The Faculty gave some updates about the commissioning of ACP places and they had an office induction. The TPD’s gave a summary of their projects and were able to give each other feedback and advice. 

Both days were really productive and enjoyable. 

The TPD’s bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the days and the Faculty are really excited about the amazing range of projects that will go towards the objectives within the region. 

February 2022 update

Advancing Practice 2022 – 23 Expression of Interest update  

14th February 2022 was the closing date of the expressions of interest for HEE funding for 2022- 23 ACP Programmes. Nearly 90% of NHS Trusts within the North West completed a submission. 21% of the submissions were from Primary Care or Private Independent and Voluntary organisations with 79% NHS Trusts. The response has been significant during difficult times for the NHS with the impact of COVID during December 2021, January and February 2022 and the Faculty would like to thank organisations for your commitment in Advancing Practice.  

The Faculty are now reviewing all expressions of interest and if there are any questions we will be contacting the identified person for further information. A decision will be made in April 2022 and communication of outcomes will be shared immediately.  

If you have any queries during this time you are more than welcome to contact the faculty acp.nw@hee.nhs.uk  

Susan Fletcher – Case Study 

Susan Fletcher is an ACP in Stroke Services. This case study provides a great example of how an Occupational Therapist is working as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner and how Susan’s role covers the four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice: Clinical, Leadership, Education and Research.  

Case-Study-Susan-Fletcher-PDF-2Download 

Learning Disability and Autism, North West Advanced and Consultant practice scoping review: 

The team are pleased to announce that Sarah Hadfield, Project Support Officer within the team has recently been successful in securing a 12 week secondment which will deliver a scoping project to evaluate the position of Consultant level and Advanced Practitioners across the North West working within Learning Disabilities and/or Autism.  The role will be carried out for a duration of 3 days per week, alongside Sarah’s substantive role.  The project will look to understand employer expectations and support, identify existing skills and functions currently being delivered and understand any best practices that can be shared and learned within secondary care settings.   

January 2022 update

One year on – The North West Faculty for Advancing Practice 

It has been one year since the NW Regional Faculty was established with the team slowly growing over the last 12 months. The Faculty have overcome the challenges of establishing a completely new team in a virtual world working remotely due to the pandemic. 

The Faculty now consists of 7 core team members, and 9 Training Programme Directors (TPD) on a 12 month secondment post. The TPD’s are speciality advisors who are engaging with trainee ACPs and their supervisors to develop collaborative working with the Faculty, strengthen feedback mechanisms and identify areas in which the Faculty can support organisations and our HEIs to improve the training experience for ACPs. 

The priorities over the last year have been to understand and address the region’s workforce needs, provide regional leadership, commission high quality education and training, align commissioning with national standards, support education providers to gain Centre accreditation and to explore the supervision needs for the advanced practice workforce. 

Progress has been made possible through the close collaboration with other HEE regional teams and their expertise, and our external stakeholders. Key achievements include:  

– Scoping of the advanced practice primary care workforce and the identification of training needs, to be able to support those eligible through an e-Portfolio route for recognition of advanced level practice 

– The delivery of a series of webinars to engage with multi-professional stakeholders  

– The development and implementation of a revised process to identify workforce demand for 22-23  

– Establishment of a baseline of advanced practitioners across primary and secondary care 

– Accreditation of 3 HEI’s by the Centre for Advancing Practice with the remaining 7 all working towards accreditation over the next 18 months  

– The development of a NW HEI ACP network 

– Engagement and leadership at ICS level with the establishment of ACP Lead networks in two systems and a project lead to develop C&M 

Building a recognised and visible advanced practitioner workforce is a priority for the NHS. There is a clear and identified need for highly experienced clinicians trained to an advanced level of practice. The Regional Faculty in collaboration with the Centre for Advancing Practice are driving pioneering workforce transformation for advanced practice across England.  

The vision of the NW Regional Faculty is: To create and enable transformative partnerships to develop, embed and sustain Advanced Practitioners across the NW region who are fit for 21st century care and that appropriate use is made of their skills and expertise across an evolving health and social care system. 

Greater Manchester’s Advanced Clinical Practitioner Employer Awareness Event  

On Monday 17th January, Greater Manchester delivered an ACP employer event. This was to support employers to understand the funding available for the Advanced Practice Master’s programme. The virtual event covered A regional perspective on commissioning and funding for ACP training that Debra Allcock presented. Following Debra’s presentation other key speakers covered: 

– apprenticeship overview,

– apprenticeship – financial aspects,  

– writing a business case and  

– the trainee ACP in Primary Care.  

Delivering a Master Class in the Learning Disability and Autism ACP Credential 

Debra Allcock delivered a Master Class to the trainees on the  Edge Hill University and University of Cumbria’s Learning Disability and Autism ACP Credential course. The Master Class covered:  

– personalised care,  

– support plans and supported self-management 

– social prescribing and capacity building. 

The Edge Hill University’s students followed on with a discussion seminar looking at some of the posed questions and discussion points that was flagged in the Master Class. They started to pull out ethical issues associated with building capacity in the system and out in the communities.  

 

GM ACP Workplace Supervision Study Day 

On 31st January, the Greater Manchester ACP group held a supervision study day. 

The Faculty were invited to speak at the event and Nick Worth discussed the support for supervision that is being developed both regionally and nationally. 

It was an opportunity to introduce the new TPD team to those attending and build some new working relationships across Greater Manchester and beyond! 

A range of speakers discussed what it takes to evidence working at an advanced level and how to demonstrate ‘level 7’ learning in all 4 pillars of ACP. 

The opportunity to understand the challenges for ACP’s both in training and post-qualification surrounding supervision will help inform the future work within the Faculty in collaboration with the Greater Manchester ACP group. 

December 2021 update

The North West Faculty for Advancing Practice have now recruited all their Training Programme Directors:  

In early December, the Faculty welcomed the first of the Training Programme Directors (TPD’s) into HEE.  

The TPD’s are Specialty Advisors that will support ACP trainees across the region and will work on projects to improve the provision and delivery of training in all health care settings. 

The TPD’s that are joining the Faculty are: 

Anna Riley – Surgery – started Dec 2021  

Tanya Rumney – Allied Health professions – started Dec 2021 

Martin Troedel – Urgent/emergency care, MSK and Frailty – started Jan 2022 

Deepak Agnihotri – Learning Disability and Autism – started Jan 2022 

Jaclyn Proctor – Medical/Respiratory – starting Feb 2022 

Liz Jemmett – Paediatrics, Women’s Health and Midwifery – started Jan 2022 

Liz Reilly – Primary care and Community – starting Feb 2022 

Scott Murray – Primary care – start date TBC 

Kay Roscoe – Mental Health – start date TBC 

The launch of the Demand Led process for HEE funding for a ACP MSc programme 

On Tuesday 4th January 2022, The faculty sent emails to key individuals to provide them details of how their organisations can express their interest for HEE funding for an ACP MSc programme. 

Emails were sent to  

NHS Trust’s designated lead. This is the organisation’s strategic lead. Any service ACP Leads or site ACP leads must submit their requests via their internal process. HEE will only be accepting the submissions from the identified ACP Lead. Please do contact us on acp.nw@hee.nhs.uk  

Primary Care Training Hub ACP Leads – asking them to distribute the email to primary care organisations with a link to our webpage with all supporting documentation.  

Contacts from our sign-up database – with a link to our webpage.  

If you still have questions regarding the process, please do contact the faculty.  

November 2021 update

During Advanced Practice Week (7-13 November), the Faculty for Advancing Practice across the north west, along with several regional advanced clinical practitioners (ACP) and leads delivered presentations at HEE’s Centre for Advancing Practice Virtual Conference 2021.

The four-day conference began on Monday 8 November and was held under the theme “Extraordinary People, Extraordinary care.”

Annabella Gloster, Regional Faculty Lead at the Faculty for Advancing Practice, delivered a presentation on influencing change across the region. Annabella delivered the session along with Diane Reid, Chair of the Greater Manchester Strategic ACP group, and Tracy Earley and Jill Billington, Chair and Deputy Chair of the Lancashire and South Cumbria ACP leads group.

The presentations gave an overview of the collaborative working between the faculty and Integrated Care Systems with details of ongoing workstreams and plans to develop a strategic group across Cheshire and Merseyside.

Lorraine Turner, Consultant Nurse Practitioner at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Emma Forster, Tracheostomy Specialist and Lead Practitioner, and Catherine Edwards, Advanced Specialist Practitioner (both at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), also presented at the national conference highlighting the impact of their work as ACPs in clinical research and supporting COVID 19 recovery.

The Regional Faculty also delivered presentations at other north west events on the progress and vision of the faculty which was formed in January this year.

This included celebratory events at Go-To-Doc, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and a virtual event hosted at Blackpool NHS Foundation Trust. The events were inspiring for employers, aspiring ACPs and celebrated the diversity, value and impact of ACPs in service transformation and patient care.

Webinars 

The faculty for advancing practice has recently hosted a series of webinars throughout October and November to explain the role the Faculty provides and the educational pathways and training in place for trainee and existing Advanced Practitioners.  The webinars also focused around speciality areas of clinical practice including Mental Health, Pharmacy and Primary Care which showcased the benefits Advancing Practice can provide within these and other areas.   

All of our webinars are available on our page. 

October 2021 update

Faculty and Primary Care Training Hubs scoping the ACP workforce in Primary Care

The Faculty for Advancing Practice and the three northwest Primary Care Training Hubs are working collaboratively to ensure all nurses, AHPs and pharmacists currently working at an advanced level have the opportunity to evidence and/or develop themselves against the multi-professional framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England.

During August and September 2021 nurses, AHP’s and Pharmacists who identified as an advanced practitioner in primary care were asked to complete a survey for us to understand how their experience and qualification/s meet the multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice for England.

The Results

There was a total of 349 eligible respondents. The breakdown for each ICS area is below:

Cheshire and Merseyside – 127

Greater Manchester – 120

Lancashire and South Cumbria – 97

North West – 5

Qualifications

162 had completed a MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, 76 has completed another masters, 26 were currently undertaking the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, 85 had not completed a MSc and 10 of those were looking to commit to a MSc in the next 12 months.

NETs Survey results

The analysis of the NETS survey results from June/July 2021 were shared by the Quality team recently.

In the North West, 5 Trusts reached the threshold number of responses to be able to assess the student experiences within them.

The response rate for ACP’s across the North West increased from 9 in the previous survey to 44 this time around (the second highest in the country!).

From the responses analysed there were no Trusts in our region which raised concern however due to the way the tool requires a minimum threshold of responses, there may be areas that have not been identified and where the Faculty needs to provide extra support now or in the future.

We will continue to help promote the NETs survey as an important information gathering tool to help inform the Faculty about the standards of training that an ACP who is studying experiences.

The next NETs survey is now live and can be found https://poll.hee.nhs.uk/s/netsnov21/

Supervision for ACP trainees  – A Gap Analysis

Nick and Sarah from the Faculty are conducting a gap analysis of the supervision for trainee ACP’s across the North West.

Over the past month, they have interviewed several ACP Programme Leads to obtain the HEI’s views regarding the supervision of their trainees. The aim is to complete all interviews with the remaining programme leads in the coming weeks.

Following this, the Faculty will seek feedback from Trusts, existing Supervisors and Trainees about their experiences of supervision in practice.

The combined analysis will help to inform the priorities required to support trainee ACP’s and supervisors across the region. The Faculty will continue to work collaboratively with our stakeholders to drive improvements for existing and future trainees.

We really appreciate the support and engagement with this work and will share the results and plans across the region in the New Year.

Advanced Clinical Practice Demand-Led process for 22/23 cohorts

The Faculty are leading on the Expression of Interest process for organisations requesting funding for the ACP MSc programme. The process this year will be looking at how we can best support our organisations NHS Trusts, Primary Care and the Private, Independent and Voluntary sectors.

Expressions of Interest must be completed by organisations and not potential students. The Faculty are recommending organisations to have appropriate internal processes in place for Advanced Clinical Practitioners and are providing supporting tools for organisations to utilise.

Below are key dates:

November 2021 – Get Ready emails will be going out to identified ACP Leads or the designated individual overseeing advance practice

November 2021 – Communications to reach Primary Care and Private, Independent and Voluntary organisations where we do not have an identified lead

Tuesday 4th January 2022 – Emails with the link to the Expression of Interest form will be shared

Monday 14th February 2022 – Closing date for Expression of Interest form

April 2022 – Organisations will be advised of the outcome of the funding allocation

May 2022 – mid August 2022 – Organisations to complete recruitment process

If you are a Service Lead, a Directorate Manager or someone who is looking to become an Advanced Practitioner please do seek advice from your ACP Lead within your organisation or please contact the Faculty for us to direct you to the right person. Acp.nw@hee.nhs.uk

Webinars

During October and November, the Faculty for Advancing practice are delivering a series of webinars. If you have missed those webinars, you will be able to view the recording on our webpage.

For the webinars that have not yet taken place, please email acp.nw@hee.nhs.uk  for the link to register to attend.

September 2021 update

Future Horizon’s Conference – Annabella was the keynote Speaker

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) hosted their first regional advanced practice conference: Advancing Practice – future horizons, innovations and best practice on 10th September.

Professor Raphaela Kane opened the conference highlighting the importance of the need to demonstrate continuous service improvement and quality through advanced practice.

Annabella Gloster – NW Regional Faculty lead was the keynote speaker and shared her personal journey and a historical perspective of Advanced Practice in the UK. Annabella expressed the need to continue to nurture the adaptability and leadership of advanced practitioners to enable them to drive evidence-based research, inspire and educate the future workforce and to utilise the evidence to ensure our patients are getting best evidence-based care. ACP’s are providing the solution to our future healthcare system and they need to continue to inspire, innovate and influence in this role.

The event had a range of speakers with videos of individual ACP’s sharing ‘a day in the life of an ACP’; innovation in a virtual world through adapting the assessment of trainee ACPs and an overwhelming theme of the need for more research and time allowed for ACP’s to enact this pillar to develop and strengthen the evidence base.

The event was a huge success with over 400 delegates registered for the event .

GM Primary Care Training Hub Conference

On 15th September Nick Worth and Liam Hagerty represented the Faculty at the Greater Manchester Training Hub annual conference.

This face-to-face conference was enabling AHP’s and Nurses to come together to network and gain  educational updates from a wide range of speakers. The event was attended by over 120 delegates on each of the two days  (14th/15th September) it was held at the Kings House Conference Centre.

Nick and Liam had a stand and enjoyed speaking to the delegates and answering all of their ACP related questions. It was great meeting people who had only previously been ‘virtual connections’.

The Faculty look forward to attending more of these type of events in the future as restrictions allow.

Recruitment of TPD and their role

The Faculty have been advertising for up to 10 Training Programme Director (TPD’s) secondment opportunities to assist in the support of all ACP trainees. The TPD job advertisement closed on 26th September and interviews are scheduled for mid-October with a proposed start date towards the end of 2021.

The TPD’s will be specialty advisors and the ‘eyes and ears’ of the Faculty across the North West, helping to make the training of the ACP’s as productive and supportive as possible.

The plan is to recruit the TPD’s to cover the wide range of ACP trainees in all healthcare sectors and will play a major part in shaping the future of ACP training in the North West.

Each regional Faculty for Advancing Practice is looking to recruit into similar roles, but the North West region had led the way in developing the job role.

There has been a lot of interest in these positions and we hope that they can provide some exciting opportunities for the successful candidates – watch out for future updates!

August 2021 update

Meet our new team member

Catherine Gregg – Administrative Support: Since September 201 Catherine has worked in the Finance Litigation team at DWF Law LLP. During this time she obtained a certificate in higher education in Legal Studies. Catherine started her legal career as an apprentice but secured a promotion to a Paralegal role. Through excelling in this role Catherine was subsequently promoted to a Legal Delivery Team Lead in October 2020. However, it became apparent that this career path was no longer the route she wished to pursue and better suited to a more rewarding career.

Therefore, the opportunity at HEE was perfect for Catherine’s ambitions and feels that her experience, aspirations and character will have a positive impact on the faculty. Catherine is really looking forward to the future with the team.

Catherine Gregg

Reviewing the process for funding ACP programmes

The Faculty for Advancing Practice across the North West has been working closely with all key stakeholders to review current processes for approval of funding for ACP’s in order to prepare to transition to a national process by 2023/24. This will ensure the right measures are put in place for and how improvements can be made to support organisations with workforce planning, service need, timely recruitment and support for ACP trainees. Below is our roadmap for the initial review, and plan to commence working groups to make improvements to our process with dissemination to begin in Autumn 2021.

Road mapRoadmap

Road map *written version of the graphic

1. Jan – April: Faculty observe 21 EOI

2. Apr – May: Review principles document with commissioning team

3. May: Draft transition plan

4. Jun – Jul: Meeting with each ICS team and commissioning team

5. Jul – Aug: Develop process map

6. Aug: Meeting with all teams to review process map

7. Oct: Sign off process map

8. Oct: Set up task and finish group for identified quality improvements

Supporting our ACP trainee – NETS

The National Education and Training Survey (NETS) was open from 22 June and 23 July 2021.

The North West Regional response rate was greatly increased within advanced practice trainees for this edition of the survey.

A massive thank you to all of the ACP trainees in the region that completed the survey – a breakdown of the responses are:

246 AP learners answered across the whole of HEE

44 (18%) of those were from the North West

In the regions ‘response chart’, we came second overall!  The previous time the survey was conducted, there were only nine North West AP responses from a National total of 115.

The survey results will be published in early September and will make a real difference to ACP trainees and the support they receive. It informs where resources from HEE are placed and identifies where extra support may be required.

The next NETS is planned for November 2021, so keep a lookout via the HEE communications on social media for when it opens – it’s the opportunity for you to have your say about your ACP training!

Supervision for ACPs

The Centre for Advancing Practice has created some short video resources to accompany the ‘Workplace Supervision for Advanced Clinical Practice: An integrated multi-professional approach for practitioner development’ guidance. The videos provide practice insights for each of the fundamentals of supervision set out in the guidance and are a useful resource for everyone who is either developing or providing supervision for trainee advanced practitioners.

Are you an ACP Lead trying to develop good supervision practice in your organisation?

Have you been asked to supervise a trainee ACP and want some more guidance about the role?

Are you interested in how to ensure the best practice for supervision?

The links to the videos can be found on the Centre for Advancing Practice website under resources.

July 2021 update

Meet our new team members

Sarah Hadfield – Programme Support Officer: Sarah joined the Faculty in June 2021 and will support the delivery and implementation of the Faculty’s objectives, its projects & initiatives and the recruitment, assessment and supervision of advanced practice trainees within the region.  Sarah joined the NHS in 2003 and has worked within Primary Care Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups up until her appointment with HEE.  Sarah is passionate and committed to ensuring better outcomes for patients, and is also currently undertaking an APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ).

Liam Hagerty – Administrative Support: Liam joined the Faculty for Advancing Practice in July 2021 as the Administrative Support for the team. He will be responsible for administrative duties and ensuring the faculty operates smoothly. Liam graduated from Liverpool Hope University in 2018, studying Human Biology and Sociology. He went on to find employment with Bradford District Care Trust where he worked as an administrator for various community services, such as the Podiatry and Palliative services. Seeing how these services work, and hearing first-hand how patients are affected by them, led to his drive to improve the patient journey. During the pandemic, Liam moved from Bradford to Manchester, where he was able to find a new challenge in his new employment by Health Education England.

Communication and Engagement

The Faculty’s First workshop at Cheshire & Merseyside’s People Summit: The Faculty for Advancing Practice across the North West (NW) delivered a workshop at the first virtual Cheshire and Merseyside People Summit in June. An overview of the faculty with our vision, and priorities for the next year and how they relate to the People Plan was presented along with case studies of the impact of advanced practice and lessons learned during the pandemic.

An ACP working in primary Care specialising in mental health joined us to share their journey and role to showcase how services can be transformed and enable a workforce that is fit for the future. The workshop concluded with participants invited to share their hopes and challenges and a pledge to commit to support the development of a workforce with ACPs.

Annabella Gloster, Keynote Speaker at East Lancashire Hospitals and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s First ACP CPD Event: Annabella, NW Regional Faculty Lead, delivered the vision and ambitions of the Faculty across the NW for advancing practice. The event had a range of clinical workshops to attend (virtually) delivered by a range of experts and concluded with a best poster award submitted by practitioners (trainees and ACPs) at this event. All submitted posters evidenced innovative and inspiring pieces of work. The event was a huge success with excellent feedback from those who attended and a need to hold another event in the future as it had a positive impact on their learning and development.

Developing our Collaborative North West ACP HEI Network: The Faculty is very happy to announce that the development of an NW ACP HEI network. This network will be a powerful and key group in pushing ACP learning forwards in the coming years.

This network is to enable the NW HEI’s to come together to share experiences and challenges that come with running ACP programmes. It encourages open discussion and the ability to ask each other questions in order to improve the ACP Trainees opportunities to develop.

The first meeting was held virtually on 30 June 2021. Every HEI in the region were represented, largely by the ACP programme Leads. It involved a great discussion about setting standards for Supervision within their programmes and identify ways of supporting the Supervisors and Trainees in practice.

The next meeting is planned for the beginning of September when the topic of the meeting will be the HEE’s accreditation process for ACP programmes.