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 who are trained to an advanced level of practice.
Health Education England has established the Centre for Advancing Practice to oversee the workforce transformation of advanced level practice, by establishing and monitoring standards for education and training, accrediting advanced level programmes, supporting and recognising educational and training equivalence, and growing and embedding the advanced and consultant practice workforce.
The Centre will deliver this through key functions:
- Programme accreditation
- Recognition of education and training equivalence
- HEE credentials
- Workforce solutions
Advanced level practitioners?
Advanced level practice isn’t a specific role, it includes all practitioners who have progressed to an advanced level through further education and training.
Advanced practitioners can be found across a range of professions and sectors.
How we work
HEE has worked extensively with professional bodies and other stakeholders to develop the Centre and is committed to continuing this collaborative approach.
The important role of professional bodies in encouraging excellence in their professions and registering practitioners will continue to be part of the total picture of quality assurance that is necessary for advanced practice to grow and thrive. HEE is also working towards how the recognition of non-statutorily regulated professions that might also be able to be recognised at advanced and consultant level.
Regional Faculties for Advancing Practice have also been established to drive pioneering workforce transformation for advanced practice across England.
To deliver the step-change in advanced practice outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan; to develop modern pathways of care, improve patient safety, value and efficacy, HEE has made a significant investment in the formation of a multi-professional Faculty in each of its seven regions.
The Faculties are in a unique position to understand and address their region’s workforce requirements, this collaborative regional leadership model is essential to drive change at a local level. They will work across their local systems (Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs)/Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to support transformation in practice. Each Faculty will identify workforce demand, commission high-quality education and training, optimise clinical training, supervision and assessment and support communities of practice to drive ongoing development and support to improve patient care.
Non-urgent advice: Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England
In 2017, Health Education England and NHS England and NHS Improvement worked in partnership to develop a national framework for advanced clinical practice, which ensures that there is national consistency and understanding about advanced level practice.
Registration is now open for our Advancing Practice Conference 2022 – Empowering People, Transforming Care26 September 2022
Our flagship event, the annual conference, is our premier learning and networking opportunity at the cutting-edge of the Advancing Practice landscape is now open for registrations.
Second and third cohorts announced for the ePortfolio (supported) Route5 September 2022
The Centre for Advancing Practice is delighted to announce that funding has been secured for a second and third cohort to go through the ePortfolio (supported) Route.
Governance of advanced practice in health and care provider organisations27 July 2022
Credible governance of the processes for developing and implementing advanced practice in health and care provider organisations is central to […]
Ophthalmology Webinar May 202226 April 2022
Ophthalmology Webinar May 2022- Register via the link in the document
A new ePortfolio for Advanced Practitioners launched today15 December 2021
A supported ePortfolio route for advanced practitioners has launched yesterday. It will enable the education and training of Advanced Practitioners to be recognised by the Centre for Advancing Practice and help individuals working in advanced practice roles to be […]
Conference 202119 November 2021
HEE’s Centre for Advancing Practice Conference 2021, Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Care, took place on 8th and 11th November 2021. This […]
Rosalind Franklin Programme – Funded places available19 October 2021
We are delighted to announce that we have secured funding for a number places on the NHS Leadership Academy Rosalind Franklin […]
Deep dive into the East of England (EoE) Faculty10 August 2021
The regional team or East of England Regional Faculty was established in January 2021. Since then, we have established Advanced Practice ICS meetings in each of the six systems. The aim is to provide oversight and strategic vision for workforce development, training, and to develop governance of the advancing roles in a consistent way.
Workplace Supervision for Advanced Clinical Practice – supporting videos10 August 2021
We have created nine videos to accompany this guidance, providing insights about best practice in multi-professional supervision for advanced practice. These insights have been gathered through conversations with colleagues working in advanced practice in a variety of clinical settings. We asked them to share what processes and structures they have found useful and why supervision is a crucial part of professional and public safety in advanced practice.
Welcome to the new Centre Lead for Programme Accreditation, Natalie Ruscoe5 July 2021
Natalie has spent the last fifteen years working in advanced practice in clinical and academic roles, she recently joined us to lead the Centre for Advancing Practice work around programme accreditation.